Share the road for a safe bicycle season

With the warmer weather approaching, the Nova Scotia RCMP wants to remind motorists and cyclists that we all have a responsibility to keep our roadways safe for everyone.

According to the Nova Scotia Motor Vehicle Act cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists. When cyclists and motorists follow the same set of rules, the chance of bicycle collisions is greatly reduced. In Nova Scotia there is a one-metre rule that requires drivers to leave one metre of space between their vehicle and a cyclist when driving beside or passing a cyclist. Failure to do so could result in a hefty fine.

Cyclists, here are some helpful tips to keep you safe on the roads:

  • ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​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 predictable

Motorists, here are some tips to help prevent collisions:

  • ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​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 on to the road
  • ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Be patient and keep in mind bicycles are much more vulnerable on the roads

Throughout the month of May, Nova Scotia RCMP will be sharing bicycle safety tips on social media to ensure all motorists and cyclists know how to keep our roads safe for everyone. Also, stay tuned for details on an upcoming bicycle safety art contest happening later this month.

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


Source : Media Release

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