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Respect key for cyclist-motorist relationships: OPP

WELLINGTON CTY. - A recent Angus Reid Institute poll found that Canadians are “more likely to blame cyclists than drivers for conflict on the roads.”

Police state this opinion-based poll clearly outlines a perceived conflict between cyclists and motorists.

Wellington County OPP officials say they would like to take the opportunity to share some tips for both drivers and cyclists “to help create cohesive and safe roadways.”

Police say cyclists and drivers must share the road and follow all traffic laws.

“This means obeying traffic lights, signs and road directions, signalling turns and stops, and maintaining equipment standards,” police officials state.

“A violation of any of these is the same, whether in a car or on a bike,” police say.

Traffic or pedestrian?

It’s going to be difficult for a cyclist to be respected when they flip-flop between being a pedestrian and traffic, OPP officials say.

“A cyclist who rides on a sidewalk or behaves like a pedestrian is one thing, but when it’s coupled with merging in and out of traffic for convenience, (that)  is disrespecting ... other users, including pedestrians,” police state.

Police added cyclists should always check local laws to determine who may ride on sidewalks.

The OPP encourages every cyclist to wear a bike helmet, regardless of age, and use audible and visual signalling such as horns, bells, lights and hand-signals (using the left hand).


July 13, 2018


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