Summer officially arrives this month, and the Nova Scotia RCMP is asking motorists to be on the look-out for an increase in bicycle, pedestrian, and motorcycle traffic.
During the summer months there is an increase in the number of people who use our roadways, especially cyclists, pedestrians, and motorcyclists. This also includes off-road motorcycle and ATV users who must cross roads in between trails.
“Cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians are not as well-protected as people in cars or trucks, and are at a greater risk for serious injury if there is a collision with a larger vehicle,” says RCMP Traffic Services Cst. Mark Skinner. “To prevent any unnecessary or tragic collisions, we ask motorists to pay close attention when driving near sidewalks, crosswalks and intersections, and to also check your blind spots.”
In Nova Scotia, drivers are also required by law to leave at least one metre (three feet) of space between their vehicle and a cyclist when passing them. Motorists may also cross a yellow line when it is necessary to pass a cyclist, as long as it is safe to do so (i.e., there is no oncoming traffic).
Meanwhile, cyclists and motorcyclists can also do things to keep themselves safe when travelling on or near the roadway. This includes:
– Ensuring your vehicle is in proper working order.
– Wearing a helmet.
– Wearing protective clothing, such as gloves, a jacket, long pants and boots.
– Riding in a straight and predictable path (not weaving).
– Being aware of your surroundings at all times, especially when crossing roads and intersections.
– Always refraining from consuming alcohol or drugs prior to riding.
Pedestrians can also do things to ensure their own safety when walking near the roadway. This includes:
– Walking on a side walk (if available).
– Walking facing oncoming traffic.
– Always crossing the street in marked crosswalks and never jaywalking.
– Making eye contact with drivers before leaving the curb to cross a street.
– Avoid using a mobile phone or electronic device while walking in busy areas.
– Wearing bright or reflective clothing, especially at nighttime.
Source: Media Release