June is Bike Month and with the sun shining and temperatures rising, cyclists can get out more to enjoy the fresh outdoors and enjoy a healthy recreational activity.
So far in 2021, the OPP has reported 34 collisions, including two fatalities, involving a vehicle and a cyclist.
Sharing the road with motorists
Cyclists have to follow the rules of the road the same as a vehicle which includes proper lane usage, signaling, and lane changes/turns, and ensuring movements can be done safely while obeying posted signage – including coming to a complete stop at stop signs.
Cyclists are required to walk their bikes across a roadway if using a marked crosswalk. Check for vehicles and cyclists with the right-of-way before entering the intersection. Keep your place in the line of traffic when approaching an intersection.
Ride in a single file and to the right side of the road to help vehicles make a safe pass.
Maintain at minimum a one-metre distance when passing a cyclist. Watch for passing cyclists when opening the door into traffic. Slow down when overtaking a cyclist on a road.
Helmet and other equipment requirements
Cyclists under 18 years of age are required to wear a helmet, which must be certified, free from damage, and worn with the chin strap.
Parents and guardians of riders under the age of 16 are responsible for ensuring they are properly wearing a helmet while riding.
Bicycles are required to have at least one working brake and a working horn a bell.
Cyclists are required to be equipped with a rear red light or reflector and front white light.
The OPP reminds bicycle and vehicle drivers to respect all road users by making safety a top priority.