In the wake of a tragic collision August 7 that claimed the life of a Delta cyclist, and a crash August 8 involving a teen cycling on Ladner Trunk Road, the Delta Police bike unit is offering a few safety tips.
Officers in the unit –which is an addition to the Delta Police Tsawwassen First Nation Services Team – took a one-week police biking course, to learn how to safely handle their police bikes.
“Just like other cyclists, we want to work or bike hard, enjoy what we do and come home uninjured at the end,” says Constable Jeff Miller. He and his partner in the unit, Sergeant Roy Garnham, have three B’s that they keep in mind:
The 3 Bs
- Be conspicuous (visible, obvious)
- Be predictable (if you’re in a lane that turns right, people expect you will turn right)
- Be awareThe majority of collisions between motor vehicles and cyclists occur in intersections. Several studies have found the fault in vehicle/bicycle collisions is essentially equally shared between cyclists and drivers. The majority of cyclists were going straight ahead.
Cst. Miller notes that the rules of the road, and traffic signs and signals also apply to cyclists. He has five further rules to share with cyclists:
- The Top 5
- Stay to the right (Sort of. Generally 1 metre from curb to avoid obstacles)
- No riding in a crosswalk
- In the dark, bikes must be equipped with a headlight and a tail light
- No side-by-side riding on the roadway
- Wear a helmet.
“Probably the most significant thing cyclists can do, is BE CONSPICUOUS!!!” adds Cst. Miller. “The most common comment by a driver in a vehicle/cyclist collision is – I didn’t or I couldn’t see them.”