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RCMP offer up safe cycling tips

Cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists
Tips for Safe Cycling (1)

The Nova Scotia RCMP is reminding motorists and cyclists that we all have a responsibility to help keep our roadways safe this summer.

According to the Nova Scotia Motor Vehicle Act, cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists. When cyclists and motorists follow these rules, the chance of a collision is greatly reduced. In Nova Scotia, the one-metre rule requires drivers to leave one metre of space between their vehicle and a cyclist at all times. Motorists could receive a fine of $295 under the Motor Vehicle Act for not doing so.

“It’s important for everyone to be alert on the roads," says Cpl. Lisa Croteau, Public Information Officer with Halifax District RCMP. "It can be challenging at times for motorists to see cyclists so we want to educate everyone about things they can do to prevent a collision from happening."

Here are a few tips to help keep everyone be safe when using the road:

  • Wear a properly fitted helmet. It's the law and it can reduce the risk of brain injury, the leading type of fatal or disabling injury to cyclists
  • Wear a reflective vest or bright clothing so others can see you
  • Have a bell or horn on your bike
  • Obey the traffic laws
  • Use proper hand signals when turning and stopping
  • Be alert and make an effort to watch for cyclists, especially at intersections
  • Make room for cyclists and share the road
  • When parking or leaving a parking space, look for cyclists before opening your door or pulling out
  • Be patient and keep in mind bicycles are much more vulnerable on the roads

Remember, respecting the rules of the road goes a long way towards keeping everyone safe.

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