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CYCLISTS AS OPERATORS OF VEHICLES:

Bicycles mix best in the traffic flow when operated as vehicles. Keep traffic flow in mind on any riding surface you are using.

The Motor Vehicle Act recognizes this by stating that cyclists have the same rights and duties as drivers of vehicles.

DUTIES:

01) Ride with the flow of traffic in the same direction. Wrong-way riding by a cyclist is a leading factor in car-bike collisions.

02) Stop at red lights and stop signs. Remember to think defensively cycling and watch for and think about stale green lights.

03) Lights are required by law. The use of lights will save lives. It comes back to basics…

SEE… BE SEEN… BE HEARD…BE PREDICABLE

04) Communicate your lane-changing or turning intentions to other road and path users. Use proper signals, including shoulder checks, clearly done. Leaving lots of time and distance to safely perform the indicated action.

05) DO NOT PASS VEHICLES ON THE RIGHT, UNLESS YOU ARE IN A DIFFERENT LANE.

06) Turn left from the center of the roadway if using a vehicular style left turn.

07) Love them or hate them, bicycle helmets are the law in several jurisdictions across North America.

08) When riding off-the-road surfaces, on surfaces that are used by everyone, respect those also using the traveling surface, and respect the environment.

09) Let someone else know where you are planning on going / riding, and when you expect to be back. Carry some form of identification on your person. If possible, carry a cell phone and some cash with you on your ride.

*** PLAN AHEAD***

Thanks, Safe Ride Home, Chuck

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