Safety is a two-way street. It’s up to both cyclists and motorists to stay vigilant on our roads.
Here are 5 ways that cyclists can help to make themselves and others on our roads safe.
- Give way to pedestrians – when cycling on a shared pedestrian/bike path, make sure you give way to pedestrians or give them a heads up that you’re there by ringing your bell.
- Don’t ride with headphones in – riding with headphones in can be dangerous as it makes it hard to hear vehicles around you on the roads. Save the tunes for after your ride.
- Use your hands to indicate – a simple gesture that lets everyone behind you know your next move. It isn’t a legal requirement to do so, but it’s good practice to keep safe.
- Wear your helmet – seems like a no-brainer really, but if an accident were to occur, you’re covered.
- Be appreciative – a simple wave of the hand or nod of the head to a motorist that has given way to you or slowed down for you is an easy way to show thanks on the road.