Walking or cycling this spring? Read these safety reminders

2015-11-13 Lakeshore cyclist

(Photo: Kelly Roche/QEW South Post/file)

With mild temperatures, Daylight Saving Time kicking in on Sunday, and March Break, a flurry of cyclists and pedestrians are heading outdoors. Peel Police, focusing on reducing fatal and serious injury collisions, are providing residents with safety tips:

Drivers

  • Obey the rules of the road including all traffic signs and signals.
  • Avoid any handheld electronic devices while driving.
  • Avoid other distractions and give driving your full attention.
  • Double check blind spots before changing lanes.
  • Drive within the posted speed limits and adjust accordingly to the weather and traffic conditions.
  • Apply extra care when entering and changing directions at an intersection.
  • Pay extra attention to pedestrians.
  • Keep your vehicle in good condition, with proper tires inflated at the correct pressure. Make sure brakes are in good working order and windshields are clean and free from obstructions.

Pedestrians

  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Don’t rely solely on traffic signals or stop signs.  Ensure it’s safe to cross the road.
  • Walk on sidewalks whenever possible, and use a crosswalk to cross the street.
  • Avoid jaywalking or crossing the street between vehicles.
  • Parents – ensure you’re aware of your children’s location and activity at all times. Don’t allow young children to play near roadways, unsupervised.
  • After dark, drivers cannot see people in dark clothing until it’s too late. Wear bright clothing, something reflective or carry a lit flash light so drivers will see you.

Cyclists

  • Obey the rules of the road, including all traffic signs and signals.
  • Make your presence known. Wear bright or reflective colour clothing. At night or in inclement weather, it’s important to use reflective lights in the front, side and rear that make you visible from all directions.
  • Do not run stop signs or red lights, or use the wrong side of the street. It’s best and safest to ride single file.
  • Make eye contact with drivers whenever possible. This ensures motorists see you and helps you assert your rightful place on the road.
  • Make sure you are always aware of your surroundings. Know what’s behind you and watch out for what’s in front of you.
  • Clearly communicate your intentions by using hand signals.
  • Make sure your brakes are always in top-notch condition, and be aware of how weather and road conditions can affect your ability to brake.

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