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Bicycle Safety - 6 Top Tips

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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What safety precautions are key when it comes to making sure you cycle safely on the streets of Greater Vancouver ?

Here are a personal injury lawyers top 6 bicyle safety tips:

1. Wear a Helmet - Helmets can make all the difference when it comes to avoiding serious injury. Additionally, it's illegal to ride a bike in B.C. without a helmet;

2. Be Vigilant when Passing Parked Cars - A good rule of thumb is to stay at least one metre away from parked cars. And watch for any sign that a door will be opening in your direction;

3. Stay Visible - Ensure that you and your bike are well illuminated at dusk/after dark. Make sure that your bike has a light and reflectors. Additionally, wear reflective cycling gear;

4. Stay Away from Traffic - Try and stick to designated bike routes or quiet streets. Riding where motorists anticipate that they'll be encountering cyclists increases your degree of safety;

5. Communicate with Drivers - Make eye contract with motorists whenever possible. And when in doubt, shout " watch out" or "hey mister" to gain a driver's attention;

6. Signal - Always use proper hand signals when turning or stopped. Make your intentions known to motorists.

Following these 6 bicycle safety tips. And if you have any questions regarding these or any aspects of bicycle safety feels free to contact us at McComb Witten. Just call 604-255-9018 and ask to speak to us about cyclist safety.


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