Five on the Fifth: Two Wheeled Safety


2019-06-05 09:18 PDT

 Bicycle on a paved pathway

June is Bike Month and this month’s five on the fifth is dedicated to two-wheeled safety on bicycles and motorcycles. In British Columbia six cyclists are injured every day in the summer and vehicle drivers are at fault in nearly 80 per cent of motorcycle crashes where the rider is seriously injured . By practicing simple safety measures, you can reduce your risk of injury while out on your bicycle or motorcycle and increase your enjoyment.

  1. Your car door can have a big impact. In B.C., one in 14 car crashes involving cyclists are the result of dooring. Both drivers and passengers must shoulder check for cyclists before opening doors. Try changing to a Dutch Reach - opening a car door with the hand furthest from the handle forces drivers and passengers to check over their shoulders for approaching traffic. This will also help you avoid a dooring violation and fine.
  2. 90’s fashion can keep you safe. Bright colours and reflective gear on your body, your bicycle pedals and wheels can make you more visible to drivers at all times of day.
  3. Lights are the law. BC law requires that cyclists use a front white light and a rear red light after dark and that bicycles must have a bell or horn.
  4. Eye contact can save your life. Visual contact with all other road users is a must and remains a highly effective way to avoid collisions. More collisions occur at intersections than anywhere else so drivers need to keep an eye out for two-wheelers. On average, nearly four out of five crashes involving cyclists occur at intersections in B.C.
  5. Helmet hair is in style. Wearing a helmet is the law in B.C. and you could be fined for not wearing one. For motorcycles, DOT, Snell or ECE approved helmets are now law in BC. Ensure your label is properly displayed to avoid being checked by police. Look for an expiry date and update your helmet if necessary. For cyclists, always wear an approved bicycle helmet that meets safety standards (CSA, ANSI, ASTM or SNELL B-95) and check occasionally for signs of wear.

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Five on the fifth is an occasional series of five lesser-known facts about well-known crime and safety issues. Five on the Fifth is compiled and released by the Coquitlam RCMP Communications and Public Affairs Team when the 5th of the month falls on a weekday. Follow #FiveOnTheFifth on Twitter to get the latest updates.

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