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.

 

 


Ottawa Bicycle Accidents, Cycling safety in Ottawa : What to look for in a helmet.

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Did you know that bicycle helmets can prevent up to 88 % of brain injuries when used properly? Sadly,  Ottawa bicycle accidents can  happen anywhere, anytime.

Earlier this month, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson announced June 5, 2011 as Helmet Day in the City of Ottawa to support the avoidance of personal injuries and to emphasize the importance of wearing proper safety head gear while being active.

“We are very fortunate in Ottawa to have an environment that is well-suited to cycling and in-line skating,” said the Mayor .  He made it clear how supportive he was of an active, but safe lifestyle. “We are encouraging all residents to purchase an appropriate helmet before enjoying their favourite summer activities.”

We all know how important it is whether we are riding a bicycle or strapping on in-line skates to take safety precautions to protect ourselves; however, we don’t always do. The awareness is there and still coming , but not everyone is strapping on a helmet and some are strapping on helmets that are inadequate and would not protect them.  The City of Ottawa continues to make efforts to keep residents safe  and raise awareness of helmet safety in the hopes of preventing severe head injuries.

 

How do help reduce your chances of a severe head injury- Ottawa bicycle accidents

1-Make sure there is a CSA or CPSC certification on the helmet.

2-All helmets should fit level and square on the head, and the front should be 2 fingers distance from the helmet to eyebrows. The helmet straps should be adjusted to meet just below the ear in a V shape, and fastened comfortably.

3-All helmets should have a snug fit, allowing only one finger between the chin strap and your chin.

4-Proper helmets must be worn by all cyclists who are under the age of 18. I recommend that EVERYONE should wear a helmet to protect themselves from serious head injuries.

Each year, approximately 5,700 Ottawa area children under the age of 20 visit Ottawa hospital emergency rooms for serious head injuries.  Sport activities make up a large percentage of head injuries among children and youth.

As an Ontario injury lawyer, I meet regularly with Ontario accident victims who have suffered severe head injuries and their lives have been altered forever. I urge everyone to please equip themselves with a proper helmet.  It could save your life !

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