Tips for sharing the road safely.
As more Manitobans rely on both cars and bikes to get around, we all need to do our part to share the road safely.
There are important things to know to keep you safe while cycling on Manitoba’s streets and highways.
- It is the law that individuals under the age of 18 are required to wear a helmet while cycling.
- Wear bright colours and reflective clothing while cycling so that you’re visible to motorists – this is extremely important to remember if you’re cycling at night
- The law requires all bicycles to be equipped with a white light reflector at the front of your bike and a red or amber reflective light at the back
- Remember that you share the road with motorists so be sure to use proper hand signals to indicate your direction
- If you are coming up behind a pedestrian be sure to use verbal cues indicating which side you are passing them on and attach a bike bell and give a warning ring when approaching
- Make sure that you’re aware of your surroundings and are visible to motorists
- Do not weave in and out of traffic
- Travel with traffic near the edge of the curb
- Utilize bike paths whenever possible
- Obey the traffic signals and lights
- Ride single file when cycling with others