Why is bicycle safety so important?
Just about everyone who rides a bicycle will receive a scraped knee or elbow at some point. Even the most careful rider can take an occasional tumble. Still, knowing the rules of the road and other issues of bicycle safety can keep you from getting hurt. All riders are encouraged to wear bright, reflective clothing and to check with local bike suppliers for safety gear and proper fitting.
Bicycles and the Law
Just like drivers of motor vehicles, cyclists must obey all laws. According to the Highway Traffic Act, you must:
- Ride on the right side of the road, in the same direction as traffic.
- When riding out of a driveway, stop before crossing the sidewalk.
- Wear a helmet. The fine for not wearing a helmet is a minimum of $60.00.
- Ride in single file if you are with other cyclists.
- Obey all road signs and traffic signals.
- Signal your intentions clearly before you turn or stop.
Every cyclist under the age of eighteen must wear an approved bicycle helmet. Parents or guardians shall not knowingly permit cyclists under sixteen to ride without a helmet.