Be Visible & Loud

  • Wear bright colored and/or reflective clothing to increase your visibility
  • Use front and rear lights
  • Use your bell or horn to let people know you are close by or passing

Be Predictable

  • Always ride in the same direction as traffic
  • Ride in a straight line and don’t weave between vehicles
  • Travel and stay on the right side of the road
  • Use hand signals and check over shoulder when turning

Be Mindful of Parked and Large Vehicles

  • Ride far enough away from being hit by an opening car door
  • Avoid riding in the blind spots of trucks and buses
  • Large vehicles often move toward the left lane in preparation for a right turn

Be Responsible

  • Understand your rights and responsibility as a cyclists
  • Obey all traffic laws, markings, signage and signals   

Be Alert, Courteous & Forgiving

  • Do not wear headphones or multi-task while riding
  • Share the road with others (i.e. cars, buses, motorcycles, pedestrians, etc.)
  • When riding on multi-use pathway or trail, don’t stop in the middle and yield to pedestrians

For more information on bicycle safety:

York Region Cycling Handbook

Ontario Guide to Safe Cycling

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