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 ?
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.
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 Lawyers…Sadly, 200 cycling accidents happen in Ottawa every year. Citizens for Safe Cycling is promoting bike education throughout Mountain Equipment Co-op’s Bikefest at LeBreton Flats tomorrow. In 2010, 5 Ottawa cyclists died on their bicycles and cyclists in Ottawa are 10 times more likely to be involved in an accident than cars. Citizens for Safe Cycling explained one of the most common accidents on Ottawa’s roads is when drivers make a right turn without looking for cyclists and cut them off.
The following tips were provided by Citizens for Safe Cycling when it comes to safe cycling in Ottawa:
Obey the law: red lights, stop signs and the rules of the road.
Don’t ride on sidewalks.
Don’t ride the wrong way down a one-way street.
Signal: “Be sure to signal all of your intentions in advance, that way motorists and other cyclists will know what you’re doing.”
Be aware: Give yourself space to maneuver and shoulder check to make sure you know where the other vehicles are.
Prepare your ride: Wear a helmet. Make sure your bike is in good condition.
Know your route: Use Ottawa’s bike maps
MEC Bikefest is happening tomorrow at LeBreton Flats from 11 am to 4pm with exhibitor displays, bike demos, safety education, workshops and family fun.
Have fun and safe cycling….
-Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth