Bicycle Safety

  • Wear a helmet
  • Purchase and use a good bicycle-locking device. The bicycle frame and both wheels should be secured to an immovable object, preferably a bicycle rack. If you have a quick-release seat, take it with you
  • Try to park your bike in a well-lit area. What looks good in the day may not be adequately lit at night
  • Engrave an identification number (driver’s license number) in several places on your bike, e.g. the frame, both wheels, front forks, etc. Make sure the markings can be easily seen, as this will make it less attractive to a would-be thief (see Operation Identification under SFU Programs LINK)
  • Make eye contact with motorists to ensure that they know you’re on the road.  Look over your shoulder regularly and use a mirror to scan the road behind you
  • Be careful at intersections and always proceed with caution.  Avoid the turn-only lane if you want to go straight through an intersection.  In narrow lanes it’s safer to take the whole lane
  • Use hand signals for all turns and stops, signaling ahead of time and proceeding only when it’s safe
  • Beware of car doors.  Motorists in parked cars can unexpectedly open doors.  Ride in a straight line at least three feet away from parked cars
  • Keep both hands ready to brake.  You may not stop in time with a one-handed brake.  Allow extra distance when stopping in the rain; brakes are less efficient when wet