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Be Aware and Share the Road: Summer Bike Safety Tips

Cyclists in the city

If May was Motorcycle Awareness Month, then June should be Cyclist Awareness Month!

Between sporty commuters taking advantage of the nicer weather and kids getting out of school, the summer months typically see an uptick in vehicle/bicycle collisions. June's always a good time for some reminders about sharing the road and bike safety.

Here are our tips for drivers from a previous post:

  • Slow down when passing a cyclist and allow one metre clearance
  • Always shoulder check when changing lanes
  • Watch for bikes before exiting your vehicle
  • Always yield to cyclists when you are making a turn
  • Be aware of and respect bike lanes! They are there for everyone's safety.

And for cyclists, be sure to obey the rules of the road and check out this short safety PSA video from Parachute:

As the days grow longer, being visible at night may seem like less of a priority, but that doesn't mean you can forget your reflective gear and lights! In researching this post, I also came across this neat product the Volvo co-created called LifePaint, which sprays on invisible but lights you and your bike up brightly when a car's headlights turn towards you.

This video shows how it works: 

No word on when LifePaint will be available commercially, but it seems like a great idea for you evening and early morning riders.

If you're looking for more information on bike safety, definitely check out the CAA's Bike Safety site. And if you think you already know all of the rules of the road for cyclists, then take the CAA's Bike Safety Quiz and see how you do!  

Have any tips on sharing the road - as a driver or a cyclist? Share them in the comments!

- Rose R.

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