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How bikes and cars can peacefully coexist on the road

SHARING A LANE In most provinces a bicycle is considered a vehicle and has the right to use the whole lane. Car: Only pass a cyclist if you are travelling at a greater speed. If there is another lane, switch to overtake the cyclist or straddle the lanes af a slow speed. COMMUNICATION Verbal and non-verbal communication is key to avoiding conflict and collisions. Car: Always signal lane changes. If stopped at an intersection, establish eye contact with the cyclist. Roll down your window if necessary fo speak with the cyclist. Bike: Only pass a car if you are travelling at a greater speed. Never pass on the right. Signal your intent. If you are being overtaken, move to the right. Bike: Always use your hand signals. At an intersection, establish eye contact with the driver. If needed, ask the driver to roll down his or her window. Ensure you have a functioning bell or horn. LEFT TURNS Busy intersections can be complicated for both cars and bikes. Car: Check your side and rearview mirrors for cyclists moving into left turn lanes. Give cyclists the time and space to complete comfortable, dismount and their turn. Bike: Ride in the middle of the lane when moving over. Get to the centre of the rightmost left-turn lane. If you're less experienced or less walk your bike across. RIGHT TURNS Blind spots can be an issue. Car: Use your rearview Bike: Stay out of a car's and side mirrors to check blind spot by remaining in the centre of the lane. already initiated fheir turn, Don't ride up beside a allow fhem to complete it car that is trying to turn. Never attempt fo turn at the same time as a car. for cyclists. If a cyclist has before starting yours. WATCH THE DOOR A car door swinging open can easily hit a cyclist and cause major injuries. VISIBILITY During late fall and winter, low light is a safety issue. Bike: When approaching a line of parked cars, watch for lights movement inside the car. If Car: Keep your lights Bike: Use a front and back light if in working order. Car: Always assume that someone will be in the path of your door. Look in your rearview and side mirrors. Open your door you have room, ride far slowly while continuing to look behind and in front of you. riding between a half hour before sunset and a half hour after sunrise. Cyclists should wear a reflective safety vest or apply reflective tape to their clothing. enough to the left that a swinging door won't hit you. MATTHEW BAMBACH/THE GLOBE AND MAIL » SOURCES: YVONNE BAMBRICK, URBAN CYCLING CONSULTANT; CONST. HUGH SMITH, TORONTO POLICE TRAFFIC SERVICES; ALEX DEVRIES, VICE-PRESIDENT OF CITIZENS FOR SAFE CYCLING IN OTTAWA

How bikes and cars can peacefully coexist on the road

shared by mbambach on Nov 17
"The recent death of a cyclist in Toronto has reignited the hotly debated issue of how cars and bikes can coexist on busy streets. Jenna Morrison, an expectant mother and yoga teacher, was killed last...


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