Biking is a relaxing pastime for many British Columbians, but it can be dangerous if you ignore bicycle safety rules. It’s good to be familiar with the cycling laws in B.C. before taking to the road during the summer months. Knowing these safety rules for cyclists–especially those who cycle often–can help prevent accidents.
Know These Safety Rules for Cyclists
Though you learn bicycle safety rules during childhood, it’s a good idea to review those regulations as an adult. Below are some relatively simple bicycle safety rules British Columbians need to remember when cycling on a regular basis.
Follow Helmet Safety
Wearing a helmet is the most remembered rule from childhood for a reason. Wearing a helmet when on a highway or road is one of the most critical cycling laws in B.C. If a vehicle were to hit you without a proper helmet, a life-altering injury could follow. Though Stephens & Holman’s lawyers are always ready to support you, we don’t want anyone getting critically hurt. Make sure your helmet has a smooth surface and a strong fastener beneath your chin, and can absorb energy in case of impact.
Know Bridge Restrictions
Bridges in British Columbia–and in most places–have specific rules for cyclists. If cyclists are not allowed to use a specific bridge, there are often shuttles available to cross. Some of the more popular bridges that do not allow cyclists to cross in B.C. are the bridges on Highway 91, Knight Street Bridge, Highway 99, and bridges on Highway 97. The Agazzis-Rosedale Bridges on Highway 9 and 3A do allow cyclists to cross.
Remember Hand Signals
Again, hand signals are often mentioned during childhood when learning how to ride a bike in busier areas. That knowledge may become fuzzier over time; yet remembering bicycle hand signals is critical to a cyclist’s safety. When turning left, a cyclist must stretch their left arm out horizontally. When turning right, a cyclist must extend their left arm out, but bend at the elbow–creating a right angle. If slowing down or coming to a stop, straighten the left arm out and create a downward right angle with the fingers aiming at the ground.
Use Proper Equipment After Dark
Following bicycle safety rules at night or in the early morning hours is incredibly important to the cyclist’s safety and the safety of those driving vehicles as well. If specific safety rules for cyclists aren’t followed at night, severe injury may follow. Reduce the likelihood of an accident when cycling at night with a red reflector on your person and/or on your bicycle–preferably the back of the bike. A white light should be on the front of your bike so that drivers can see you from at least 150 meters away.