Celebrate Bike Month with Some Riding Safety Tips
Here at Gluckstein Lawyers, we want to make sure you are using best practices when riding a bike in your community. Here are some guidelines you should always follow:
- Always wear a helmet! Although Ontario law only requires children under 18 to wear a helmet, it is crucial that you do so at any age, as it could prevent serious brain injury in the case of an accident. Set for Safety, a nonprofit organization that we work with, provides free helmets for children who cannot afford them.
- Conduct a safety check: Check your tires, chains, gears, brake levers and pads, and lights and reflectors.
- Install a working bell or horn, a white front light and red rear light (if you ride your bike before dawn and/or dusk) AND white reflective tape on the front of the bike and red reflective tape on the back at all times.
- Wear bright, reflective clothing, especially if you are riding at night.
- When sharing the road with cars, trucks, motorcycles, and buses always stay to the right side of the lane. Good practices also include shoulder checking and hand signalling if you need to change lanes or make a turn.
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