Guide to Sharing the Road with Vulnerable Road Users: Cyclist Edition

In 2021, 140 cyclists were injured in bicycle accidents in Edmonton, and both cyclists and motorists were found at fault. Safe road practices are essential to preventing future accidents. In this article, we will talk about how we can stay safe.

Motorist Precautions

Cyclists have far fewer protections than do motorists. Therefore, accidents can be devastating. Motorists have a responsibility to share the road safely. Below are a few things to keep in mind when sharing the road with cyclists:

  • If a cyclist is walking beside the bicycle and is pushing it down the road, they are a pedestrian and follow pedestrian rules.
  • While cyclists ride as close as possible to the right curb they may need to avoid potholes, rocks, ice, or other bad road conditions. Be aware of the road conditions that could affect the cyclist as well as yourself.
  • Watch for cyclists who may be riding alongside your vehicle. Always shoulder-check before changing lanes or turning.
  • After parking, check for cyclists before opening the door. It’s your responsibility to wait until it’s safe before opening the door
  • Maintain a good distance between yourself and the cyclist. Cyclists don’t have brake lights to warn you when they’re stopping. 
  • Be aware that not all cyclists have the knowledge of road safety. While you may understand the rules of cycling on roads, they may still be learning.

Cyclist Precautions

While cyclists are seen as vulnerable road users, they are still responsible for their safety. Follow these tips when riding on roads to ensure your safety:

  • Keep both feet on the pedals and both hands on the hand grips except when signalling to make a turn. 
  • Never hold onto a moving vehicle or attach the bicycle to a moving vehicle.
  • Only carry the number of passengers the bicycle is designated to carry.
  • Always ride single file except when passing other cyclists.
  • When cycling in the dark, always equip your bicycle and person properly with reflective clothing, headlamps and reflectors as per the Alberta guidelines.
  • Equip your bicycle with a horn or bell to notify others who can’t see you on the road.

If you’ve been involved in a bicycle accident, whether or not you think you’re at fault, make sure you know your next steps.

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