Bicycling is a great mode of transportation. Not only is it part of a healthy lifestyle, but cycling also contributes to a greener environment. However, as a cyclist, you are considered a vulnerable road user, and you must be aware of your surroundings at all times. It is very important to be visible and predictable to others.
Bicyclists have a greater risk of potential injury or death should they become involved in a collision. According to Transport Canada, in 2009 there were 41 bicyclist fatalities, and 435 serious injuries.
In addition to being visible and predictable, Canada Safety Council recommends for all cyclists to wear an approved helmet. Bicycle helmets can prevent up to 88 per cent of brain injuries when used properly.
Ways bicyclists can improve their safety:
• Wear a helmet.
• Pay attention to your riding and avoid distractions.
• Follow the law — it’s the safest way to ride.
• Be predictable — ride in a straight line, don’t swerve over sewers or bumps in the road, this will increase your chances of a collision with a vehicle. Signal all turns and check behind you before turning or changing lanes.
• Come to a complete stop at every stop sign and red light.
• Ride with caution around parked cars.
— Canada Safety Council