Date: July 16, 2019

Mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40. High 29. Humidex 37. UV index 7 or high.

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This page was reviewed or revised on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 10:36 AM

Cycling is a safe, active way to get around, and enjoy the outdoors.

Stay safe:

  • Develop cycling skills on less travelled roads
  • Understand and follow the rules of the road
  • Always wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet
  • Be visible

Take the road less travelled

Cyclists who ride on sidewalks risk being hit by a turning vehicle when they enter the roadway from the sidewalk. Bike on roads with less traffic; it is safer.
A new (2016) law requires Ontario motorists to keep a 1-metre distance when passing a cyclist.

Lights, brights, day and night

  • Use front and rear lights to be more visible when riding a bicycle during the day, and at night.
  • Wear clothing with fluorescent yellow, red or orange colours, or non-florescent yellow colours during the day to help your visibility.

Wearing dark colours at night makes you invisible to drivers. Increase the chance of being seen at night:

  • Add retro-reflective strips to front and back forks
  • Wear retro-reflective clothing. It is up to 1500 times brighter than white
  • Use retro-reflective material on major joints (i.e. ankles, knees)

Helmets

Falls happen, so wear a helmet every time you ride.

  • It is the law. Cyclists under 18 years of age must wear a bike helmet.
  • Properly worn bike helmet reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85% .
  • Use the 2V1 rule to check the helmet fit every time you ride.
  • Helmets expire after 5 years from the date they are made
  • Helmets are only good for one impact.
  • Be sure your helmet is approved by safety organization such as the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), Snell or American Safety for Testing and Materials (ASTM)

Role models wanted

Children learn safety habits from parents and guardians. Help protect them by role modelling safe cycling:

  • Wear a helmet
  • Follow the rules of the road
  • Do not take short cuts
  • Be visible

Resources

Parachute Canada
Bike Safety
Bike Friendly Lambton

Cycling Safety Video

Bike, Walk and Roll Safety
Bicycle Safer Journey
Riding on the Sidewalk