Five on the Fifth - Bike Safety
2017-06-05 12:09 PDT
Cycling is fun and can be enjoyed by people of all ages, so whether you only take your bike out on weekends or use daily it to commute to work or school, you’ll be sure to find this month’s Five on the Fifth helpful.
- See and be seen. When riding at night, your bike must be equipped with a white headlight visible at 150 metres and a rear red light and reflector visible at 100 metres. Make yourself even more visible by wearing reflective materials and adding them to your bike’s pedals and spokes.
- Don’t be a statistic. According to ICBC, in the Lower Mainland an average of 100 cyclists are injured each month between May and October and four are killed during this period). Following the rules of the road and applying defensive driving skills can help you stay safe on the roads this summer. Learn more about the common types of bike collisions and how to avoid them. "Ten Ways to Not Get Hit" on www.bicyclesafe.com.
- Don’t rely on others for your safety. That one in 14 car crashes involving cyclists is a result of dooring means both drivers and cyclists need to be extra cautious. Drivers and passengers, take a moment and check for cyclist before opening vehicle doors (it will not only help prevent a crash, it will stop you from getting a ticket). Cyclist, you can help reduce the chance of being doored by riding at least a metre away from parked vehicles and by paying attention to your surroundings.
- Collisions aren't the only safety risk for cyclists. In 2015 nearly 250 bikes were reported stolen to the Coquitlam RCMP. While it can be hard for the police to track down stolen bikes, it's even harder without serial numbers or markings on the bike. That's why we recommend recording your bike's serial number or engraving your bike with your driver's license. Engravers are available at our Community Police Stations in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam. More bike theft information & prevention tips at www.coquitlam.rcmp.ca.
- Make sure your bike is in good working order. Always check the tires and brakes before heading out. If you’re taking your bike out for the first time since last summer, perform a more thorough maintenance check or bring your bike to a qualified bike mechanic. More on bicycle maintenance.
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