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There are lots of great reasons to ride a bicycle: health, fitness, fun, the environment, and transportation.

Bicycles are considered vehicles under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, and have the same rights and responsibilities on public roadways as motorists. As such, cyclists much obey all traffic laws, signs and signals.

Follow the Rules of the Road

Ride on the right - always ride in the same direction of traffic, far enough from the road edge to keep a straight line. Ride single file when being passed by motor vehicles.

Be Predictable - ride in a straight line rather than weaving around obstacles. Stay about one metre from the edge/curb or parked cars to avoid hazards. Use hand signals to communicate turns and stops to other road users.

Be visible - wear brightly coloured clothing, including reflectors. Use lights in low light conditions (red rear, white front). Stay out of motorists' blind spots - especially truck drivers. Make contact with motorists - it's the best way to know they see you.

Be courteous - when riding in groups, leave gaps to allow space for motorists or other cyclists to pass. Yield to pedestrians and warn others with a ring of your bell or a friendly greeting before passing.

Safe cycling also means taking care of your gear and yourself by ensuring your bike is well-maintained and that you wear a properly fitting helmet every time you ride.

For more information about safe cycling, contact the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577.

Additional Resources:

Sharing the Road - Video - HKPR District Health Unit

Cycling Skills - Ministry of Transportation

Cycling is in Season - Video - HKPR District Health Unit

Share the Road - Public Service Announcement - Share the Road Cycling Coalition and CAA