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Practise safe cycling: OPP

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Spring finally has arrived and that means it’s time to go cycling.

The OPP wants to remind all cyclists of bicycle safety for injury and crime prevention.

A bicycle is a vehicle as defined in the Highway Traffic Act and cyclists are responsible to follow the rules of the road.

That means obeying all traffic laws and regulations as other road users.

All cyclists under the age of 18 are required by law to wear an approved bicycle helmet while riding a bicycle, with the chin strap fastened.

A parent or caregiver is responsible to ensure riders under the age of 16 wear a helmet.

For injury prevention:

  • be a responsible cyclist, do not carry passengers if your bicycle is only meant for one person;
  • ride on the right side of the road;
  • wear a helmet;
  • have a white light to the front and a red reflector to the back if riding at night;
  • take caution at intersections, and make eye contact with other drivers to ensure you are seen; and
  • shoulder check and signal before turning.

For crime prevention, record the serial number of your bike and keep it in a safe location.

Secure your bike with a lock or in a building when you are not using it.

For drivers of motor vehicles, give cyclists room when passing. Drivers are required to maintain a minimum one-metre distance from cyclists when passing on the highway.

Be aware of young cyclists and keep in mind that they don’t have the driving experience of adults.

Cycling is a fun activity for citizens of all ages engaging in a healthy lifestyle. Know the rules of the road and be safe!

For more information, visit www.mto.gov.on.ca/safety/bicycle-safety

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