Cycling safety

Be predictable. Be safe.

Being predictable is the key to cycling safety. Refer to the Bike Sense Manual for more detailed safety information for cyclists of all skill levels. 

cycler with helmetFive basic safety principles 

(adapted from the BC Bike Sense Manual)

  1. Know and obey the rules of the road. Cyclists have the same rights and duties as motorists.
  2. Maintain your bicycle and ensure it is in good working order.
  3. Be as visible as possible to others.
  4. Learn the skills needed to control your bike.
  5. Safely and predictably ride your bike in traffic.

Safety tips 

  • Wear a properly-fitting, CSA, ANSI, ASTM, or Snell-approved helmet. In BC, it’s the law, but more than that, it just makes sense to protect your head.
  • Wear bright clothing during the day and reflective clothing at night to remain visible.
  • Use front and rear lights and reflectors for night time riding.
  • Find a biking buddy if you're new to cycling.
  • Plan to take the safest routes by using printable maps or Google Maps (select the bike icon in the directions tool bar area), which will identify bicycle lanes, paths and routes.
  • Obey the rules of the road to help prevent collisions. Bikes are considered vehicles, too. 
  • Scan the road, be alert and ride defensively. You cannot assume that drivers see you, so make sure that they do.

Keep your bike safe. Remember to lock up your bike by using a bike rack or renting a bike locker.