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Ottawa Police safety blitz to focus on Ottawa cycling safety and what you can do to avoid a bicycle accident.

Ottawa Bicycle Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth.

Our Ottawa Police will be conducting a safety blitz for Ottawa cyclists .  They plan to mainly target Ottawa’s downtown core most of next week.   Specifically they will be looking to remind cyclists ..

– to stop at all stop signs and red lights,

-use proper hand signals,

-exercise caution when crossing intersections.

-shoulder check and signal all lane changes, turns and stops.

-be bright and visible at night

-share the road with other cyclists and drivers.

-recognize and be mindful of blind spots around cars, trucks and buses.

-cycle on the right side of the road.

-ride only in the designated direction on one-way streets.

-stay off sidewalks.

-wear a helmet if under 18.

-have a bell, gong, or horn on your bike.

Did you know that approximately  7,500 cyclists are seriously injured each year in Canada? Did you also know that most bicycle injuries and accidents occur during the afternoon rush hour ?  18% of cyclists killed in traffic accidents are  under the age of 16 ? 34% of cyclists who were killed were hit by a vehicle in the dark ?

(Statistics Canada)

These statistic are alarming.  As an Ottawa bicycle accident lawyer I urge both drivers and cyclists to be aware of the safety steps that can be taken that may very well save a life.  Both drivers and cyclists need to be extremely aware of one another and share the road accordingly. Ottawa has seen our share of tragic cycling accidents in the past few years , despite how many wonderful paths and what a great cycling culture we have here in Ottawa.  If you are out there on our roads as a cyclists or drivers, please do everything you can to make it a safe ride for everyone.

Let’s reduce Ottawa cycling accident and continue to work on our great cycling culture that we are so fortunate to have in our city.

 

 

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