Raise Your Bike IQ
This winter, HUB Cycling and Vancouver Coastal Health want to pass along two very important safety tips, as part of our ongoing commitments to bicycle education and injury prevention. To download these ads to share, click the thumbnails below.
Use Your Light, Day & Night
Studies have shown that using bike lights during the day lowers your risk of collision with a motor vehicle by 47%. Cut your risk in half with day-time running lights.
- Lights support visibility, not for lighting the way (aim slightly downward, towards driver line-of-sight)
- White lights mounted on your helmets increase visibility and they turn with your head movement
- Solid lights can be easier to track than blinking lights, which can be distracting and hard to track - keep lights ‘solid’
- Consider switching to re-chargable lights - they’re easy to find, save you money, and reduce your carbon footprint
Open Your Eyes, Then Your Door
Did you know that 1 in 7 bike crashes in Vancouver are from dooring? “Getting doored” is a major problem, and can kill.
- If you're driving, you're responsible - check your mirror before getting out (use your right hand to open the driver's side door - it forces you to turn your body around to look back).
- If you're cycling, maintain a safe passing distance from parked cars (1 metre = 3 feet)
- Whenever possible, ride on streets with less street-side parking