Play By The Rules

10 Secrets to Cycling with Traffic: A 10 part series by Biking TO - Part 3

Today we continue a series of 10 posts about cycling with car traffic. These are things we have learned from years of riding in downtown Toronto. Some of these tips you may have seen before in other places, and some will be new.This is not meant to be a complete list... there are more secrets out there... but here are 10 that you'll find very useful.

NOTE:
These are geared towards downtown cycling, since that is what I am  most familiar with. These all assume that you already know about proper lighting and safety (i.e. helmets are useful, stopping at red lights is advised, etc.) precautions, and know that riding on sidewalks is one of the most unsafe things you can do, for both pedestrians and yourself.
Past tips are found at the bottom of this post.

Tip 3: Play By The Rules

You and your bike constitute a vehicle according to the Highway Traffic Act. This means that you have to abide to the same rules that drivers do.

This means stopping at red lights, stopping for people at crosswalks, and not passing open streetcar doors. This is really important because if drivers see you respecting the laws, they are more likely to respect you.

On the other hand, if they're stopped at a red light and you blow right through it because (hopefully) the way is clear, they are going to be mad at you. Why should they treat you like a vehicle with a right to the road if you don't behave like one?

Stay Tuned: We're posting another tip tomorrow!Past Posts in this Series:

Tip 1 Drivers Donít Want to Kill You
Tip 2 Ride in a Straight Line