As the warmer weather continues, cyclists will begin to come out of the woodwork and out onto the roadways.  

SGI says those that choose to venture into traffic on a bike will be considered an actual vehicle and will have to follow the same rules of the road.  

Before you head out onto roadways this summer, the agency wants riders to brush up on their cycling know-how.  

First and foremost, SGI wants riders to wear a helmet that fits, with foam pads, or a rotary adjuster for a snug feel. The helmet should be worn level on the head, parallel to the ground, with the straps forming a “V” directly under the earlobe. When the helmet is fastened, the straps should be tight enough to allow one finger between the straps and your chin.  

Prior to heading out onto the streets, SGI says to perform a quick inspection of your bike as well. They say to check to make sure the brakes and chains of the bike, the tires are fully inflated, and the seat and handlebars are tightly secured.  

They add that riders should always travel on the right in the same direction as traffic, as riding a bike facing oncoming traffic is dangerous and increases the chance of a collision with a vehicle. Always use arm signals when turning, and shoulder check before changing lanes.  

To prevent a collision SGI details some tips on how to be seen this summer. The first is to add a headlight to your bike to be seen. Install reflectors on the front, back, spokes, and pedals of your bike. Lastly, wear bright clothing to be extra visible to traffic.  

Below are more safety tips from SGI to watch out for when cycling this summer: 

  • obey traffic lights and signs (it's okay to walk your bike through an intersection if riding through busy traffic makes you uncomfortable) 

  • learn to look over your shoulders without losing your balance or swerving 

  • scan the road ahead for potholes, railway crossings, slippery surfaces, loose gravel and other obstacles 

  • remember that drivers have blind spots so ride either well-ahead of or well-behind vehicles 

  • ride on the road, not the sidewalk, if you’re an experienced rider 

  • if you're a beginner, ride on the sidewalk accompanied by an adult (if safe and permitted by your municipality) 

  • never wear headphones when cycling, because the music drowns out the noise of traffic and is distracting 

  • always ride with caution; you might see an approaching vehicle but the driver might not see you 

  • check with your local municipality to find out if there are any local bylaws you need to follow 


SIG concludes by saying, your safety depends on the condition of your bike. Along with your equipment, your bike needs to fit you properly. You should: 

  • be able to stand over the top tube of the bike (between the handlebars and saddle) with both feet on the ground 

  • be able to put your tiptoes on the ground when seated on the saddle 

  • As a beginner cyclist, you should be able to put your feet flat on the ground while seated on the saddle. The seat can be raised as you gain confidence and skill. A bike that is too big or not adjusted properly is not just uncomfortable, it’s dangerous to ride. 

  • keep both hands on the handlebars. If you have to carry something, use a backpack – or a basket, saddlebag or rack attached to your bike (make sure the load is balanced and secure) 

  • keep your bike in good working condition. Take a bike course, do some research or take your bike to a shop and let an expert handle the job 

  • add a mirror, fenders, chain guard, and kickstand to your bike for extra safety