Expect to see more people on bikes and put safety first

Posted On Thursday April 08, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, April 8, 2021   1:00pm

(Ottawa) – Cycling is growing in popularity and the warmer weather is drawing more and more riders out for commuting and pleasure. The Ottawa Police Service is offering some safety tips for cyclists and motorists so we can all share the road safely. 

Motorists may not be used to seeing cyclists on the roads, so this is a reminder to watch out for them.  While the rules of the road apply to cyclists as well, motorists should exercise more care around vulnerable road users.

Motorists

  • Cyclists have the right to occupy a lane, so be prepared to share the road 
  • Give cyclists one meter when you are passing 
  • Know the hand signals used by cyclists
  • Review the rules around bike lanes
  • Be situationally aware of less visible road users, which includes double-checking for cyclists, pedestrians and motorcycles when you are turning or changing lanes

Other road users

  • If you are cycling, follow the rules of the road - don’t surprise motorists with unexpected manœuvres 
  • Use hand signals to let other road users know what you are doing
  • Follow all laws with respect to roadways, sidewalks and pathways
  • Ensure your bicycle is equipped with a bell and lights
  • Be situationally aware of what is going on around you

In 2019, there were four fatalities and 290 injuries to cyclists involved in collisions on Ottawa roads.

Safety is everyone’s responsibility, but the risk of injury is higher for cyclists in collisions with motor vehicles. Please think about other road users as you commute.

Follow these tips to remain safe on your commute. Cyclists, keep your bike safe too by registering it for free on 529 Garage.

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