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Bike Safety

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A great number of kids ride their bike to school. Don't forget to teach them the dos and don'ts of safe cycling.

  • By law, all riders under the age of 18 must wear a properly fitted, safety approved helmet
  • Ride in the same direction as the traffic
  • Dress brightly to be seen, especially in winter and fall when it is dark in the morning
  • Children under 10 should not ride on the road
  • Use a horn or a bell to let cars know you are there
  • Always use the appropriate hand signals to let drivers know what you plan to do. The hand signals are: signalling left (left arm straight out), stop (left arm bent down) and right (left arm bent up). An alternative to right turn signalling is right arm straight out
  • A bicycle is considered a vehicle under the Highway Traffic Act. You can be fined for improper bicycle riding, including careless driving ($265 fine), fail to yield ($90 fine), fail to signal ($90 fine), and disobey sign ($90 fine) to name a few