Not only are reflectors and lights mandatory, they’re indispensable. We can’t expect others to pay attention to us if we aren’t visible!
Make sure you have the right reflectors and lights at all times:
Those who drive heavy vehicles have to deal with very large blind spots, so it’s critical that you remain visible at all times. If you can’t see the driver in his rearview mirror or through the window, chances are he can’t see you either. Be careful and make sure to:
In order to avoid collisions, all road users must respect traffic lights at all times. A red light is red for everyone!
As of April 18, 2019, at a red light and an activated pedestrian light, you will be allowed to continue your route only after stopping and giving priority to pedestrians. If there are bicycle traffic signals at an intersection, they have priority.
With dozens of passengers on board, it only makes sense to yield to buses when you’re on the road. And since buses have to deal with very large blind spots, it’s very important that you respect certain safety rules. For example:
Make sure you’re seen by other people on the road – cyclists, pedestrians, drivers, etc. – by establishing eye contact with them.
At a red light, stay in front of cars that are waiting for the light to turn green, without encroaching on the pedestrian crossing. This way, you’ll be easily visible to idling motorists. Be even more vigilant at intersections where right turns at red lights are permitted.
A little courtesy and consideration go a long way toward avoiding altercations!
Adapting your speed allows you to interact with other road users and react quickly to the unexpected, thereby maximizing the safety of everyone.
Particularly in an urban setting, where there is greater interaction between various road users, going too fast may make you vulnerable.
When passing another cyclist – or a car that’s double-parked – you need to signal your intention, then pass on the left:
It’s critical to ride in the same direction as the traffic. On a two-way bike path, always keep right. On one-way bike lanes and designated roadways, follow the direction of the chevrons. The arrows on the pavement indicate the direction to follow.
When a roadway isn’t equipped with a bike lane, you have to ride in the same direction as the automobile traffic, unless signage allows cyclists to ride in the opposite direction.