As the weather continues to warm up, more and more commuters will begin biking to work. Cycling to work is not only a great source of exercise, but it can reduce a commuter's carbon footprint and help him or her save big on gas.
In fact, according to the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA), the average Canadian spends over $10,000 a year to drive his or her car. However, before making the switch, commuters should do the following to make their cycling to work safe and fun.
Seven safety tips for being a safe bicyclists
- Practice your route on the weekend or drive it in your car to make sure that it's safe and to identify potential risks.
- Know the laws that apply to cycling and how to interact with motorists while sharing the road.
- Use hand signals to indicate stops and turns for other cyclists and motorists.
- Wear brightly coloured clothing to increase your visibility to those on the road.
- Wear a helmet.
- Make eye contact with motorists so they know you are there and can anticipate your next move.
- Bring along a water bottle in case you get thirsty, especially on hot days.
Cycling to work is a healthy alternative to driving. To stay safe, it's crucial that you remain attentive and cautious of cars on the road.
Bicycle Insurance Coverage
Does your home insurance limit the amount paid if your bicycle was damaged or stolen?
You may have the option to purchase additional insurance for the value of your bicycle in the event it is damaged or stolen.
Contact your insurance broker to see if this in an option for you.