Thank you Ottawa Police, Ottawa Pathway Program, Right bike and Citizens for Safe Cycling for trying to reduce Ottawa cycling accidents.

Bicycle Accident Lawyer Ottawa

I want to personally thank the Ottawa Police, the Ottawa Pathway Program, Right Bike and the Citizens for Safe Cycling. Yesterday they were involved in a fantastic Ottawa safety initiative. 200 bicycle lights were handed out yesterday to cyclists who did not have proper lighting on their bicycles. This is part of a bicycle safety awareness campaign that had Ottawa Police Traffic enforcement officers  stopping cyclists who do not have the proper lights on their bicycles.  Many volunteers from Citizens for Safe Cycling, Right Bike and the City of Ottawa Pathway Patrol Program provided the  free lights and bells and also went as far as showing cyclists how to install them properly.

Cyclists need to be visible when cycling. Cyclists share the road with other cyclists, drivers and pedestrians. Now that it is getting darker, these safety measures become much more important.

Common causes of Ottawa Cycling Accidents

Did you know that the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) states that all cyclists must have  a working front light and minimum  rear reflector,  as well as a working bell?   The lack of proper lights and bells are the two most common offences Ottawa Police have come across when they have ran enforcement blitzes with a focus on cyclists.  Seems to me, there is an easy fix here.

Do what it takes to avoid an Ottawa bicycle accident

Please, ensure that when you are cycling you have taken all precautions for a safe ride.  We have lost far too many cyclists here in Ottawa to preventable accidents.  On the flip side, to everyone sharing the roads, cyclists, drivers and pedestrians, please be aware that you are sharing the roads and remain in control. Any accident can happen in a split second and can be life-altering.  Ride, drive and walk safely.

 


Ottawa Bicycle Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth on Ottawa cycling safety.

Ottawa Bicycle Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth.. I recently found a great website : Citizens for Safe Cycling . It’s a website dedicated to Ottawa cyclists.  It is filled with all sorts of information that relate to Ottawa bicycle safety, events for Ottawa cyclists and Ottawa cycling news and projects.  One of the articles on the site dealt with cyclists getting “doored”. The following are tips I found on this site for both Ottawa drivers and Ottawa cyclists on avoiding a cycling accident.

Ottawa Cyclists:

One of the safest ways to avoid an accident is to ride your bicycle at least one metre away from other vehicles. That is the best way to prevent getting injured by having a door open in your face. A car door can spring open in a second. If a cyclist is passing by at that very moment, it’s almost impossible avoiding being hit by the door, resulting in you. This type of bicycle accident is far to common in Ottawa and a major cause of downtown cycling accidents. These cycling accidents can be avoided.

Ottawa drivers and Ottawa cycling accidents:

Everyone is responsible on the road.  As a driver, you are responsible for checking for oncoming  traffic. This includes cyclists. They are much smaller than a car and therefore harder to see; however, before opening your car door, you must thoroughly check for any oncoming traffic.  If you fail to do so and it results in an accident, you will be charged under section 165 of the Highway Traffic Act.

Ottawa cyclists and Ottawa cycling accidents:  

The best way to avoid a cycling accident is to remain out of the door zone which about one metre away from a car. Also cyclist should avoid passing on the right if there’s not enough space to pass. Cyclist should always use  extra space in the lane in order to stay away from the cars, even if it means that you hold up traffic or force them to pass you outside of the lane. If you need to move left to do this, remember to always signal and shoulder check first.

It’s practically impossible for cyclists to see ahead of time whether a vehicle door is going  to open. Tinted windows and high headrests make it extremely difficult to see from behind if a car is occupied, and a door could fly open at any given moment.

Cycling is such a great activity and means of transportation around Ottawa.  Let’s all work to gether to reduce the number of Ottawa cycling accidents and deaths related to cycling accidents this spring and summer. Happy and safe cycling Ottawa !