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Safety

With an increasing number of cyclists riding on area roadways and trails, bike safety is an important concern in Sarnia-Lambton. Tools and tips to help cyclists navigate safe routes, understand laws related to cycling and maintain their bikes in good working order are provided here. Cyclists can also access information on bike safety, helmet fitting, rules of the road and basic 'how to' videos to support a safe riding experience.


  • Bike Safety
  • How to Videos
  • Downloadable Fact Sheets
  • Bike Safety

    Share the Road Brochure for cyclists and motorists

    This local resource can be downloaded and printed for education purposes. It includes important information for both cyclists and motorists.

    Share the Road brochure English PDF, 1,847 KB | Share the Road brochure French PDF, 1,920 KB

    CAA Bike Safety

    In Canada, an increasing number of people are commuting to school or work on a bicycle while many simply ride for fun or exercise. With so much traffic on the road, it's important that motorists and cyclists work together and understand their roles and responsibilities and share the road.

    ✓ Road Skills & Tips
    ✓ Bicycle Maintenance & care
    ✓ ABC check
    ✓ How to fit a bike
    ✓ Choosing a helmet
    www.bikesafety.caa.ca

    CAA Bike Assist (Roadside Assistance Program)

    As more and more people are moving towards a greener lifestyle, the number of cyclists taking to the roads has increased significantly. Whether you're commuting to work, running an errand or simply enjoying a cycle, being stranded with a flat tire or broken chain is a hassle. We're here to help! Enter Bike Assist - roadside assistance for your bicycle.

    www.caasco.com/Auto/Roadside-Services/CAA-Bike-Assist.aspx

    Ministry of Transportation Guide to Safe Cycling

    Cycling can be enjoyed safely when you understand the rules of the road and practise proper safety and handling techniques. This is your guide to cycling safety. Whether you're new to cycling or you are an experienced cyclist, this guide contains important information, tips and techniques to make you a safe, confident rider.

    www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/pdfs/cycling-skills.pdf

    Ministry of Transportation Young Cyclists Guide

    Biking is a fun activity that gives you the freedom to go places. It's a form of transportation that's good for your body, and good for the planet. Cyclists also have to share the road with cars, pedestrians and other cyclists.

    This guide has information on bicycle equipment, riding tips, and the rules of the road to keep you safe while cycling.

    www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/pdfs/young-cyclist-guide.pdf

    Cycling Canada Cyclisme Program

    Designed for the more than 14 million Canadians who ride bicycles, Cycling Canada's CAN-BIKE program is a series of courses on all aspects of cycling safely and enjoyably on the road; it is oriented toward recreational and utilitarian cycling. The CAN-BIKE cycling safety program provides a nationally standardized set of courses that can be taught through a variety of organizations who are interested in education, safety and health.

    CAN-BIKE Instructors are nationally certified highly skilled cyclists and instructors.

    www.cyclingcanada.ca/resources/can-bike

  • How to Videos

    Fit a Bike Helmet

    A variety of basic 'how to ' videos are provided as an instructional tool for helmet fitting, sharing the road and basic bike maintenance.

    NHTSA Bike Helmet Fitting Video
    Watch the video

    -Middlesex-London Helmet Fitting Video
    Watch the video

    Share the Road

    Ride in traffic (GranFondo Canada Safety Video)

    Watch the video

    Ride in a group (GranFondo Canada Safety Video)

    Watch the video

    The Rights and Duties of Cyclists
    Watch the video

    Bike to work Ottawa
      • How to navigate a roundabout
      • How to turn left onto a side street
      • How to cross multiple lanes
    www.biketoworkottawa.com/en/learn/intersections

    Bike Maintenance

    ABC quick check
    http://bikeleague.org/content/basic-bike-check

    Basic Bike Maintenance (Schwinn)
    Watch the video

    How to Fit a Bike
    Watch the video

    Proper tire inflation
    Watch the video

  • Downloadable Fact Sheets

    The following resources are available for download. They are great tools for sharing with co-workers, students, friends and family.

    OTLA Bike Helmets on Kids Campaign

    OTLA Bike Helmets PDF, 382 KB

    Share the Road Brochure for cyclists and motorists

    This local resource can be downloaded and printed for education purposes. It includes important information for both cyclists and motorists.

    Share the Road brochure English PDF, 1,847 KB | Share the Road brochure French PDF, 1,920 KB

    Brain Injury

    Thinkfirst Canada has created this fact sheet as an information tool. Did you know that bike helmets can prevent up to 8 per cent of brain injuries when used properly?

    Brain Injury Fact Sheet PDF, 26 KB

    Bicycle Injury Prevention

    Thinkfirst Canada has compiled a fact sheet on Canada's bicycling injury prevention tips. It includes injury data and tips for preventing catastrophic injuries.

    Bicycling Injury Prevention Tips PDF, 62 KB

    Helmet Fitting

    The 2V1 Rule is a great tool for remembering how to properly fit bicycle helmets. This is another resource produced by Thinkfirst Canada.

    Note: Helmets sold in Canada are certified by CSA (Canadian Standards Association), CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission), Snell, or ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials).
    Helmet Fitting Card PDF, 2,473 KB

    Be Safe, Be Seen

    In 2007, 7071 Ontario pedestrians and cyclists were injured from vehicle collisions. Most of these collisions occur because motorists cannot see the cyclists and pedestrians. Thunder Bay District Health Unit has created this great resource to show cyclists how to 'Be Safe. Be Seen'.

    Be Safe Be Seen PDF, ? KB

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The bicycle is a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine.

John Howard