Health and Safety: Let's ride !
Stay safe on 2 and 4 wheels!
With summer finally here, our roads are once again filled with cars, bikes and motorcycles... Whether you're a fan of bicycles, motorbikes, or you prefer to take your car, basic safety rules apply to everyone on the road.
Indeed, an important and recurring theme that appears in just about every road safety law for all road users is that everyone must drive with respect and caution, while adopting safe-driving behaviours.
This means that whether you're a pedestrian, cyclist, motorcyclist or motorist, we all have a role to play in preventing accidents, and it all begins with being safety conscious, for yourself and for others.
If you are on foot or by bike, it is your duty to respect all traffic signs. This means not going through a red light, being aware of your surroundings (put away those headphones so that you can actually hear what's happening around you, and don't drive while looking at your cell phone!). Don't create risky situations, either for yourself or others. Obey all signs that indicate detours or street closures. Above all, make sure you are visible at all times for motorists AND do not forget to wear a helmet when you're on a bike!
The same road safety rules apply to motorcyclists. It's all about using your turn signal, visibility, paying attention to your immediate environment, helmet, protective and visibility clothing, etc. Motorcycle riders should never ride between lanes to pass cars. In addition to violating the highway safety code, this kind of passing is very dangerous because motorcyclists end up in the motorists' blind spots and also end up in accidents. Motorists, meanwhile, are required to be particularly attentive to everyone around them who uses the road -- and that represents greater numbers during the summer months.
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Motorists turning left or right on a street where a bike path passes must use extra caution to avoid a collision. The same caution must be applied when driving within the vicinity of cyclists and pedestrians. Drivers must, for example, maintain a safe distance of at least one meter, but also be alert when driving in the city, making sure to keep all cyclists and pedestrians within sight. As in all health and safety situations, it all comes down to taking preventive measures and anticipating risky behaviour to avoid all types of accidents.
Manager, Health and Safety