With school up and running, here are some tips for a safe commute
Avoid the "Door Prize"
- Look out for exiting vehicle occupants, and for pedestrians between parked vehicles.
- A space cushion allows you to safely pass opening vehicle doors, and to be visible to other traffic. Stay clear of the door zone.
- Ride in a straight line a car door width out from parked cars.
- Adjust your speed depending on parking and pedestrian activity.
Drivers: Avoid opening your car door in front of a passing cyclist. This can force a collision with your door or force the cyclist into traffic to avoid your door. Serious injury or death can result for the cyclist. See Ten Tips for Drivers and Cyclists. Fines apply.
Right turning vehicle in front of you? Either…
- Wait behind, or
- After a shoulder check, signal and shoulder check, pass on left if traffic is clear. Do not try to cut in to the right of a right turning vehicle.
Hint: Watch the wheels. You can tell when a motorist wants to turn right because the car's front wheels must be turned before the car turns.
That’s all great but WHERE SHOULD I RIDE?
Legally speaking, a cyclist “shall ride as near as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of a roadway”. HTA 129 (2)(b)
Generally speaking, in urban moderate speed areas:
- A cyclist should ride about one metre out from the curb or parked cars unless you are turning left or riding faster than other vehicles.
- Keep about one metre on your left between you and other vehicles.
- If the travel lane is too narrow to share, take the centre of the lane.
- Where driver visibility is restricted and on higher speed roads, there are two lane positions from which to choose – fundamentally different from the above.
To learn where to ride in your lane, lane choice and all about riding safely, enrol in a CAN-BIKE course. See Where to Learn More: CAN-BIKE Safe Cycling Courses.
Stay Clear of Trucks and Buses
Because large vehicles also have large blind spots and the drivers cannot hear your bell, avoid the following no go zones. Results could be serious or fatal.
- Trucks occupy a full lane. Stay ahead or well behind. Never squeeze in between a truck and the curb.
- Do not stop beside a truck. If a truck pulls up beside you in the same lane, pull off the road.
- If you can’t see the truck driver’s eyes in the truck’s mirrors, the driver isn’t able to see you.
- Trucks slip back when stopped on a hill or grade. Stay well clear.
- Never pass a right turning truck on the right side.
- Trucks make wide turns. Keep clear.
Lots more information available on bikestjohns.ca
Full adult handbook pdf with maps available here
Kids handbook pdf available here
You make the decisions about what is safe. Don’t leave this to someone else.