Safety tips for cyclists
Most communities in the Kootenay region of B.C. are bike-friendly and more people, it seems, are choosing to ride their bikes to and from work. This is a great way to fit exercise into a busy schedule. It also contributes to a cleaner, greener environment. Plus, summer is short so why not take advantage of the sunny weather before it’s gone!
Unfortunately, urban cycling does not come without its own set of hazards, and these can be amplified during rush hours. Typically, motorists are in a hurry and, with a lot on their minds, may not see a cyclist.
With that in mind, here are some reminders to help keep you safe on your commute:
- Prepare for your ride – Make sure you have the right tire pressure, your seat is adjusted properly and the brakes are in good working order.
- Wear an approved helmet – It’s common sense and law in B.C. to wear a helmet while you’re on a bike.
- Use bike lanes – Designated bike routes help reduce conflict with vehicle traffic. If there are no bike lanes, keep to the right hand side as much as safely possible.
- Respect road rules – Bikes follow similar road rules to motor vehicles. It’s illegal to ride on most sidewalks or crosswalks.
- Use hand signals – Learn the required hand signals and use them well in advance to alert other motorists of your actions.
- Be careful around parked vehicles – Dooring is a leading cause of injuries among cyclists. Watch for people in parked vehicles, including those getting out of taxis.
As a cyclist, you are encouraged to ride defensively. This involves being alert of hazards and mistakes that can hurt you. How often do accidents happen? According to ICBC, there were a total of 1,700 incidents causing injury to cyclists in B.C.
If someone breaks the rules and you are injured because of it, Rella, Paolini & Rogers is here to help. We have experience with traumatic brain injury claims and spinal cord injury claims. If you’re been hurt, time is critical. Contact us immediately.