Red Deer, Alta. – As the weather warms up and winter debris is swept from the streets, Red Deer RCMP are reminding cyclists to strap on their helmets and obey the rules of the road.
“We’re seeing a real increase in bicycle traffic in the city amidst the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Cst. Derek Turner, with the Red Deer RCMP Community Policing section. “Cycling is a great way for people to stay active and spend time with friends and family during the pandemic. But the increased number of bikes on our roads and trails also increases the potential for accidents and injuries, especially if those people aren’t following the rules.”
Recently, Red Deer RCMP have observed a large number of cyclists who are unaware of, or who fail to follow traffic laws. “Riders have been observed ignoring traffic signs, cycling against the flow of oncoming traffic, and failing to signal their turns,” said Cst. Turner. “Cyclists have a responsibility to know and follow the rules that apply to them and many of the traffic rules for vehicle drivers also apply to cyclists.”
Other rules and requirements for all cyclists to be aware of include:
- Riders and passengers under 18 years of age must wear an approved, properly fitted helmet with a chinstrap.
- Front and rear lights are mandatory if you ride at dusk, night or in low-visibility conditions (rain, fog)
- Use proper hand signals to indicate turns and lane changes.
- Keep a safe distance from the curb and parked cars.
- Stop for stop signs and red lights, and always yield to pedestrians.
- Always ride with traffic, on the right side of the road.
- Be alert and careful at intersections, where most collisions happen.
- Ride predictably, in a straight line.
- Make sure your bike is in good working order (especially the brakes).
For more information on cycling safety and maps of bike routes within the city of Red Deer, visit www.reddeer.ca/cycling.
Red Deer RCMP