Be Aware

is one of the 6 B’s for cycling safety. This video will help you learn how to safely ride on the trails and roads of Brampton and Caledon.

Types of Bike Lane Intersections:

Be aware on dashed bike lanes at intersections. Cyclists are sharing their bike lane with merging vehicles turning right.

i) Slow down at blind corners,
ii) Look farther down the path to see who is coming and who is blocking,
iii) Look for “escape routes” where you can go off the path if necessary,
iv) Look for rough or uneven pavement, broken glass or other obstructions,
v) Watch for changing conditions, crowds, weather, trail surface,
vi) Use your brakes evenly, putting pressure on both front and rear brakes for smooth slowing and stopping

Cycling in Roundabouts:

According to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, if you’re an experienced cyclist, you can move through the roundabout the same way you would in a vehicle:

  1. Yield to cyclists and any traffic already driving through the roundabout.
  2. Merge into the centre of the vehicle lane before the bike lane or shoulder ends.
  3. Stay in the middle of the lane to avoid collisions with other vehicles exiting to the right.
  4. Keep to the right of the centre island and drive in a counter-clockwise direction until you reach your exit
  5. Don’t pass large vehicles or change lanes
  6. Don’t stop inside the roundabout, except to avoid a collision
  7. To exist the roundabout, use your right turn signal.
  8. If you miss your exit, continue around the roundabout again and then exit.
  9. Don’t cycle beside large trucks when approaching or within the roundabout. Large trucks may need both lanes to pass through the roundabout.

New cyclists should get off their bicycles and cross the roundabout as pedestrians.

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