The Fundamentals of Road Safety
Road safety depends on the cooperation of motorists and cyclists. Most motorists are—or have been—cyclists and most adult cyclists drive motor vehicles. Remember these tips so you can share the road safely when behind the wheel:
- Leave at least one metre of space between you and cyclists
- Be predictable and use your turn signals to indicate your intentions and always obey traffic signals and signs
- Check your mirrors and blind spots before turning, changing lanes, passing or merging
- When parked on the street, don’t open your door into traffic – instead, do the Dutch Reach and check your blind spot first
Cyclists: Be seen. Be heard. Be ready.
Easy ways to be safe and comfortable on your bike.
Ontario law requires every cyclist under the age of 18 to wear an approved helmet when riding on a public road. And, while helmets are not compulsory for cyclists over 18 in Ontario, it’s still highly recommended.
To ensure your helmet fits properly, follow the 2V1 rules. There should be two finger widths between your eyebrows and the helmet, and the side straps should meet right under the ear making a V-shape. Also, be sure that the chin strap sits tightly in place, with enough room to fit one finger between your chin and the strap.
CAA Bike Assist
Roadside Assistance for your bicycle. It’s available for FREE as part of your membership 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Test Your Cycling Safety Knowledge
As more Ontarians rely on both cars and bicycles to get around, we need to do our part to share the road. Test your bike safety knowledge and ensure you’re safe when out on the road this summer.
Cycling Safety Brochure
For more information on cycling safety, including hand signals, infrastructure and sharing the road safely, download our cycling brochure.