Not only are reflectors and lights mandatory, they’re indispensable. Cyclists who are hard to see at night don’t just put themselves at risk – they put everyone else on the road at risk as well.
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 stay visible at all times. If you can’t see the driver in their rearview mirror or through the window, chances are they can’t see you either. Always be careful and make sure:
Everyone on the road has to respect traffic lights at all times. A red light is red for everyone. It’s a simple, clear, and indispensible way to avoid chaos and collisions.
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 goes a long way toward avoiding altercations!
When you’re biking in an urban setting, go between 15 and 20 km/hr to make sure you stay safe. Riding at this speed will let you interact with other people on the road and help you react quickly to the unexpected. Cyclists who go too fast become vulnerable, because they’re not completely aware of their environment. A pedestrian crossing the street, a car door opening, and a cyclist crossing between two intersections are all part of urban life!
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 stay on the right. On one-way bike lanes and designated roadways, follow the direction of the chevrons (the arrows on the ground). One arrow, one direction. It’s as simple as that.
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.