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Play safe this summer: bike safety tips

Play safe this summer: bike safety tips

Cycling is an accessible, safe and healthy method of transportation and recreation. It is also an activity that can decrease your risk of chronic illnesses.

Jenny Green, a team leader with Healthy Communities cautions there are risks to cycling. “Keeping cyclists safe starts with a safe environment. Reduce your speed while driving. In any situation where motor vehicles share the road with vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians, drivers should keep their speed to 30 km/h. A pedestrian struck by a car traveling at 50 km/h is five times more likely to be killed than a pedestrian struck at 30 km/h.”

A healthy community promotes safe and accessible options for being active for all ages and abilities while enhancing active transportation opportunities for walking and cycling.

On the trail or road, you can stay safe with these expert tips:

  1. Before you ride, inspect your bike & gear, helmets are a must, and wear the proper safety gear for your ride. Always ride with a buddy.
  2. Exploring the trails or roads in the Interior of B.C. is a great way to stay active and healthy! Stay safe: wear the right gear, be aware of your surroundings, ride to your ability, apply brakes gradually, and continuously scan the trail or road ahead.