CAA Niagara is reminding cyclists to keep safety top of mind as they hit the road on two wheels this summer. With gyms closed and most outdoors activities cancelled, many families looking to stay active during COVID-19 have shifted gears from playing in the park to cycling.
“Cycling is a great way to stay active and enjoy the outdoors,” said Peter Van Hezewyk, President & CEO for CAA Niagara, “but safety is critical. A bicycle is considered a vehicle, just like a car or truck, which means cyclists should understand the rules of the road.”
Be protected: Wear a helmet and ensure it is properly fitted. Wear light-coloured, reflective clothing, particularly when riding at night, and affix lights and reflectors to your bike.
Be prepared: Keep your brakes, gears and chain in good working order, and your tires well-inflated. Adjust seat height for an efficient and pain-free ride; when seated, your leg should be almost straight, with your foot flat on lower pedal. Give it a test ride before heading out.
Be aware: Pay attention and make eye contact. Avoid using headphones or
mobile devices when riding. Be courteous to others.
Be predictable: Signal your intentions and obey traffic signals and signs. Ride in a straight line and try to be predictable in your movements – effective positioning will help you be seen on the road.
CAA Niagara also wants to remind motorists to share the road with bikes and motorcycles. Keep your eyes on the road, avoid any handheld distractions and check your blind spots before turning. When you do come along a person or family biking, be sure to give them plenty of space.
“We all like to enjoy the summer weather,” added Mr. Van Hezewyk. “Let’s make sure we are doing it safely.