This past week the Cyclops Troupe passed with flying colours the City of Toronto CanBike 2 course. Learning a slew of tips for riding safely in the city, we can’t wait to share our new riding skills with the public during our group rides. But until then, here are some should-be-common-sense tips for city cycling. Good cycling is all about Maneuverability, Predictability, Visibility and Communication.
- Maneuverability: While it may feel safest to hug the curb tightly, a safe distance is approximately one metre away from the curb/parked cars. This gives you room to maneuver if a car passes too closely, and allows you to avoid road edge hazards such as debris, potholes, grates etc.
- Predictability: When you stop at a red light, keep your feet off of the curb. This way it is clear to drivers that you will rejoin traffic. It’s simple communication, which is important given that most collisions between motorists and cyclists happen at intersections.
- Visibility: Straight line cycling is the best way to be predictable and visible. When riding on the road, keep your eyes ahead to anticipate road obstructions, such as parked cars, and then position yourself in the lane accordingly. Weaving in and out of parked cars is dangerous because drivers might not see you, and you may not see them!
- Communication: Use your lights, ring your bell, signal and shoulder check! And don’t forget to throw in the occasional “WOOHOO!” so everyone knows cycling is the most fun way to get from A to B!
That’s all for now, hope to see you cycling!
Posted: May 18th, 2011
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