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• Cyclists are required to ride as close as
   practicable to the right curb.
   However, they may need to ride
   further out when avoiding drainage 
   grates, pot holes, debris, gravel or 
   sand, wet or slippery surfaces, and 
   rutted or grooved pavement. Be
   aware of the roadway conditions that
   may affect a cyclist.
• A bicycle that is being ridden is a
   vehicle. A cyclist must follow the rules of
   the road like drivers of other vehicles.
      · A cyclist seated on a bicycle at an
        intersection, waiting for a traffic
        control signal, has the same rights
        and responsibilities as any other
        vehicle waiting to proceed.
      · Cyclists are required to use the
        proper lane when turning left. A
        bicycle and rider are smaller than
        other vehicles, are less visible, and
        more exposed to traffic on left turns.
        Cyclists need extra consideration
        when turning left, especially on
        multi-lane roads.
• When passing a cyclist, change lanes
   like you would for other vehicles.
• When you are preparing to turn right,
   watch for cyclists who may ride along
   side your vehicle. Remember to do a
   shoulder check to your blind spots to
   the right.
• When parked at the curb, always check
   for cyclists before you open your vehicle
   door. It is the driver’s responsibility to wait
   until it is safe before opening the door.
• Before moving away from the curb,
   check for cyclists who may be riding
   past your vehicle.
• Do not follow too closely behind 
  

   cyclists. They do not have brake lights
   to warn you when they are stopping.
• Be alert for children on bicycles. They
   may lack the necessary knowledge
   and skills for safe cycling around
   traffic, and may not be aware of all
   the dangers. Children on oversized
   bicycles are at risk of losing control.

Cyclists using the streets and highways
should do the following:
• Keep both hands on the hand grips
   except when hand signalling.
• Keep both feet on the pedals.
• Only carry the number of people the
   bicycle is designed to carry.
• Never hold onto, or attach the bicycle to
   any other moving vehicle.
• Ride single file except when passing
   another bicycle.
• For cycling after dark, equip the bicycle
   with at least one headlamp (but not
   more than two), one red tail lamp, and
   at least one red reflector mounted on
   the rear of the bicycle. Wear bright and
   reflective clothing.
• Be sure the bicycle has brakes that
   work well.
• Be sure that the bicycle is equipped
   with a bell or horn.

Motorcycles

Motorcycle riders often travel in the left
portion of their lane. This helps make them
more visible to other road users. It does
not mean they will be turning left. 

Sometimes a motorcycle’s turn signals
can be hard to see. Watch the rider for
clues. If the rider does a shoulder check,
he or she may be intending to change
lanes or turn.



CHAPTER EIGHT                                                                                        SHARING THE ROAD  97
 

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