Road Safety

In light of Canada Road Safety Week and May being Bike to Work Month and 
Motorcycle Awareness and Safety Month in the City of Ottawa, the Ottawa Police 
Service would like to remind commuters of the importance of road safety and 
sharing the road. 

Road Safety Tips:
Cyclists - Ensure your bicycle handling and traffic skills are in good shape. Know your bike 
turn signals and obey all traffic rules. Unpredictable movements in traffic can cause collisions. 
Don't forget, a bicycle needs a headlight, a bell and a red reflector on the back. 
Most importantly, a helmet could save your life. See more bike safety tips
<http://ottawapolice.ca/en/ServingOttawa/SectionsAndUnits/Traffic/safety/bicyclesafety.aspx> 
Motorcyclists - Over half of all fatal motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle. Safe riding 
techniques and lane positioning is important. Consider taking a motorcycle safety course, 
wear all your protective gear, including an approved helmet, obey all traffic rules
<http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/> , and ride within your skill limits.

Drivers - Look closely. See more than the motorcycle or the bicycle - see the person under
the helmet, who could be a friend, a neighbour, or a family member. Always be aware of 
your surroundings. Motorcycles and bicycles can easily be hidden in a car's blind spot 
because of their small size. Look around before making lane changes and slow down 
when passing cyclists or motorcycle riders. Remember to keep a safe distance behind 
any motorcycles on the road. It's also a good idea to familiarize yourself with bike turn signals so you can recognize them. 

Pedestrians - have a role as well and it's important for them to pay attention. Remember to 
look both ways before you cross the street, always use designated crosswalks and cross only when the signal permits. Pedestrians should not text while crossing the street. 

Report incidents and have your say! 
It's important to report all traffic complaints by phone at 613-236-1222 ext7300. Find out what you need to file a traffic complaint 
<http://ottawapolice.ca/en/ServingOttawa/SectionsAndUnits/Traffic/complaints/index.aspx> . 

 


 

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