Keeping Safe on two Wheels: Bike Safety on our Roads

As the long snowy winter has finally given way to spring in Vancouver, you may be tempted to get your bike back on the road. ICBC statistics say that, on average, 910 cyclists are injured and 5 cyclists are killed in crashes on Lower Mainland
roads every year. So, before you do, here are a list of things you should consider to make sure you’re staying safe:

  1. Make sure you have the proper gear to keep you safe and visible. See our blog post here for more details.
  2. While it’s easier to dart in and out of traffic on a bike, bicyclists must still obey the same rules of the road as cars, including not weaving between cars and staying off the sidewalk.
  3. While you may have the right of way a cyclist (90% of accidents between cars and bikes, the bike had the right of way), to avoid accidents, you should position yourself so you’re visible in the lane and not in a driver’s blind spot.
  4. Be aware of potential doors opening when cycling past parked cars.
  5. Use hand-signals as appropriate.

If you are injured in a cycling accident, ICBC may try to blame you for the accident and minimize your injuries. You should seek advice from an experienced cyclist lawyer who has experience in personal injury claims and dealing with ICBC. John Mickelson and his team of legal experts, in Vancouver, Surrey and the Lower Mainland, can help you with all stages of your claim, ensuring you receive fair compensation for any injuries sustained as a cyclist.

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