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Important Safety Tips For Cycling Safety

Published on September 5, 2018   Safety Tips Biking

Every year the amount of cyclists on the road tends to increase as more people are biking to work and biking recreationally. It’s important that both the cyclists and motorists use caution when sharing the roadway and show each other mutual respect.

In Manitoba, on average four cyclists are killed per year while 100 cyclists are injured. 

It is recommended that motorists leave a one-metre distance when passing a cyclist. Ontario recently introduced this as a law with a penalty of $110. If you cannot give one-metre then you must wait behind the cyclist until it is safe to pass.

As a cyclist, you must share the road with others (e.g., cars, buses, trucks, motorcycles, etc.)

A bicycle is a vehicle, just like a car or truck.


  • must obey all traffic laws
  • have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers
  • cannot carry passengers - if your bicycle is only meant for one person
Safety tips for both drivers and cyclists

For drivers:

  • When passing a cyclist, leave a distance of at least one metre to ensure a safe ride. Please leave space to breathe, even if this requires you to change lanes to pass safely.
  • Take extra caution at intersections and watch for cyclists when making right or left turns.
  • After parking your vehicle, look for cyclists before opening your door. Opening a car door into the path of a cyclist can lead to serious injuries.
  • When entering and exiting roadways and intersections, scan the sidewalks in both directions for cyclists. Remember, smaller bikes are allowed on sidewalks.

For cyclists:

  • Always follow the rules of the road, including stopping at traffic lights and stop signs.
  • Never pass stopped vehicles in the same lane or when stopped at an intersection as the driver may not see you and turn into your path.
  • Always ride on the roadway, unless your bicycle is small enough to legally ride on the sidewalk. Many cycling collisions occur when bicycles are coming off sidewalks at intersections or when crossing driveways.
  • Ride defensively, consider wearing reflective clothing, and use hand signals to alert motorists to your intentions.
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