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Stay Alert and Follow the Rules of the Road, Says OPP

The Ontario Provincial Police reminds road users that they’re not alone.

With warmer weather on the way, more cyclists will be taking to the streets and police want to make sure everyone stays alert and follows the rules of the road.

OPP Constable Philippe Regamey says that there are certain precautions motorists can take to ensure the safety of their cycling companions. He says drivers should always leave a minimum one-metre gap when passing a cyclist. He says if not, a fine of $110 could be laid. He also says car owners and their passengers have to watch out when opening their doors. Dooring a cyclist could end up in a $365 fine if convicted.

He says that cyclists should also do their part by staying as far right as possible and use hand signals to alert others of where they’re going. Regamey adds that bicycle owners should have a sounding device attached and while riding at night, they should have lights. For kids and teens, he states that it’s mandatory that they wear an approved helmet.

For more information on bike safety, click here.

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