Spring Has Sprung - Where have all the Cyclist come from ?
According to ICBC, between the months of May and October an average of 150 cyclists per month are injured in B.C's Lower Mainland. Now, without a doubt, cycling is both a great form of exercise and a very inexpensive and green form of transportation. But there are lots of cyclists getting hurt on our roads.
So what types of safety precautions can a cyclist take to prevent injury ?
Here are a few suggestions:
1) Wear a Helment - Helmets are a primary defense against brain 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 vehicles. And to watch for any sign that a door will be opened in your direction.
3) Stay Visible - Ensure that you and your bike are well illuminated at dust/after dark. Make sure your bike has a light and reflectors. And wear cycling gear that has a reflective aspect to it.
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 contact with motorists when ever possible. And when in doubt, shout " watch out" or " hey mister/madame" to get a drivers's attention.
6) Signal - Always use proper hand signals when turning or stopping. Making your intentions known to motorists goes a long way.
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