With hundreds of kilometres of paved, smooth roads, Simcoe County is quickly becoming a cycling hotbed for residents and guests alike. As more and more cyclists take to the roads and reap the rewards of active living, it is important for motorists and cyclists to work together to ensure that our roadways are safe for everyone’s travelling enjoyment.
Remember that bicycles are considered vehicles under the Highway Traffic Act, which means that cyclists have the same rights to the road as other users and are responsible for obeying all traffic laws as well.
Here are some tips on how motorists and cyclists can safely share Township roads:
Cycling Safety Tips for Motorists:
- Respect cyclists as legal road users who have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists. Drive courteously and with tolerance.
- Keep in mind that cyclists are allowed to use the entire lane, just as any other vehicle is. Always assume that a cyclist may need to suddenly move toward the centre of the lane to avoid hazards on the road.
- Maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and a bicycle at all times. Leave at least one metre of space between your vehicle and a cyclist when passing.
- It is your responsibility to pass cyclists safely. Don’t affect oncoming traffic. Be patient, slow down, and pass only when the way is clear.
Cycling Safety Tips for Cyclists:
- Slower traffic is to stay to the right of the road and must give way to faster traffic when safe and practical to do so.
- Accordingly, you should ride one metre from the curb or close to the right hand edge of the road when there is no curb, unless you are turning left, going faster than other vehicles or if the lane is too narrow to share.
- Use proper hand signals to let motorists know your intentions (i.e. stopping and turning).
- Always approach hills, winding roads and other blind sections to the right, in single file.
- When riding in large groups, break up into smaller groups and leave ample space between packs of riders to make it safer and easier for motorists to pass.
- Stay visible by wearing bright colours and using lights in low-light conditions.
More information on cycling skills, cycling and the law, and road safety can be found on the Share the Road website.