As summer gets closer (we think), cyclists and motorists will be sharing the road more often.
Review some tips and local laws around sharing the road.
Tips for drivers:
- When passing, leave four feet between you and a cyclist. Make sure road and traffic conditions are safe before making the pass. Check over your shoulder before moving back;
- Cyclists should always be given the right of way when it is theirs. A bicycle is not as fast as a car, so allow them more time to get through an intersection;
- Children are often unpredictable, which can be dangerous when riding a bike. Always slow down in an area where children may be riding bikes;
- Be mindful of cyclists on the road with you. Do not beep your horn at a cyclist when you’re very close to them. Look for cyclists when opening doors.
Tips for bicyclists:
- Wear bright clothing; in low light conditions use a white front light and a red rear light; use a reflector or reflective tape or clothing anytime;
- The same laws that apply to motorists apply to cyclists. Obey all lights and signs, and use hand signals to indicate stops and turns;
- Always ride in the same direction as traffic. Use the furthest right lane that heads to your destination. Slower moving cyclists and motorists stay to the right;
- Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve in the road or between parked cars. Check for traffic before entering any street or intersection;
- Whether you’re going across the street or taking a mile-long ride, always wear a helmet.
Sharing the Road and NL
Some bike law highlights in Newfoundland and Labrador:
- Bicycle helmet use is now mandatory for all cyclists (adults, youth and children) in Newfoundland and Labrador. Read all the regulations about bicycle helmets in NL here.
- Cyclists are not permitted on the sidewalk.
- When riding between one-half hour before sunset and one-half hour after sunrise you are required to have a front white light, and a rear red light or rear red reflector on your bike.