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OPP offer tips for safe cycling this summer

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The West Parry Sound OPP wants a safe and enjoyable summer season for cyclists.  Officers remind cyclists that there are some roads in Ontario where cycling is not allowed for safety reasons, including the 400-series highways.  Cyclists are also advised to stay as close to the right edge of the road as they can, but are allowed to safely use the full lane if staying close to the right edge of the road is unsafe.

Here are 10 tips to improve a cyclist’s safety:

  1. Follow the law — it’s the safest way to ride. Bicyclists have the same rights and duties as other drivers and need to follow the same traffic laws.
  2. Be predictable — ride in a straight line, signal turns and check behind you before turning or changing lanes.
  3. Come to a complete stop at every stop sign and red light.
  4. Ride with caution around parked cars and position yourself in the field of vision of a motorist pulling out of a parking space.
  5. Be conspicuous — ride where drivers can see you, use lights at night and wear bright clothing.
  6. Be aware — anticipate the next move of drivers, pedestrians and other cyclists. Watch for debris, potholes and grates.
  7. If you are a beginner or are returning to bicycling, seek out clubs or bicycling advocacy organizations in your community for tips on safe riding, instruction, and group rides to improve knowledge and confidence.
  8. Ride Ready — tires need air, brakes must work, chains should run smoothly, and quick release wheel levers must be closed.
  9. Carry identification and cell phone, emergency cash, as well as repair and emergency supplies.
  10. Wear a helmet.

The OPP urges everyone to respect all road users and make the safety of all a priority.  For more information visit www.sharetheroad.ca or the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) web site athttp://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/pubs/cycling-guide/safecycling.shtml

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