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May 26, 2016: Cst Neilly’s Neighbourhood; Cycling safety.

May 26, 2016: Cst Neilly’s Neighbourhood;
Cycling safety.

By Cst. Dawn Neilly.

Fab summer weather getting a foothold. Cool cycling gear. Maneuverability.

Environmental friendliness. What’s not to like about being on a bicycle? More and more Ottawans are choosing bicycles as their preferred method to get around town.

With more and more bicycles sharing the road with motor vehicles, it’s more imperative than ever that cyclists conform to the standard for all vehicles using the roadways.

If you see a red light or a stop sign, you have to stop. Remember maneuverability? Switching from road to sidewalk may be an easy thing to do, but it’s also an easy way to break the law. Your bicycle is a vehicle. Treat it like one.

On May 8, I participated in CycloFest on Preston Street. Maybe some of you braved the cold and wind to take part. A lot of cyclists, adults and children, were taking advantage of the opportunity to deck themselves and their bikes in reflective tape and lights, care of the City of Ottawa. White light in front, red in the back, white reflective tape on the front forks, red on the back forks. Reflective arm bands, flashing zipper pulls.

Cyclists, you can’t do enough to make yourself visible at night. The law tells you so and so should your own good sense. Eighteen and under by-law requires a helmet but there’s nothing to prevent over eighteen from wearing one. It’s up to you to do your best to keep yourself and everyone around you safe.

You’re doing all the right things and your summer cycling is a treat. A big spoiler is a stolen bike. Always lock it before you leave it. And to be on the safe side, come visit the Wellington CPC to borrow an engraver. Putting I.D. like your driver’s licence number on your bike gives you a better chance of getting your bike back if it makes it to the police pound.

Safe cycling!

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