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Safety Tips for Cyclists

With spring in full swing, people are taking to their pedals and enjoying some leisurely bicycle time. While cycling is a great way to get exercise and have fun, sharing the road with motorized vehicles can also be dangerous. Last year in Canada, over 7,500 cyclists were seriously injured and over 70 were killed. Harvard Western Insurance would like to remind you to ride and drive safe. Read on to find out how even small gestures can save lives.

Safety Tips for Cyclists

  • Perform regular maintenance checks on your bike to ensure it’s
    operating properly (including inspecting tires, brakes, chains
    and gears).
    Bicycle Hand Signals
  • Always wear a properly fitting helmet. Helmets can prevent up to 85% of serious head injuries (which account for 80% of all bicycle-related deaths).
  • Ride where motorists can easily see you (do not weave in and out of traffic), and avoid riding in blind spots.
  • Always use the proper hand signals when turning or stopping.
  • Wear bright, reflective clothing, so you are as visible as possible.
  • Plan routes that are less busy and use bike lanes when possible.
  • Bicycles are considered vehicles; always follow the rules of the road.

Safety Tips for Motorists

  • Always look for cyclists in traffic. If possible, establish eye contact so the cyclist is aware that you have seen them.
  • Familiarize yourself with hand signals.
  • Always shoulder check, especially when making right-hand turns at intersections.
  • Double check side mirrors before opening doors.
  • Share the road. Give cyclists room in shared traffic zones and watch your speed when passing.