Area along side of parked car that can cause injury.
On your bike and in your car, we all have rights and responsibilities on the road. Use these guidelines to treat each other with respect on the road.
#1 TIP: On your bike and in your car, give each other space to maneuver - 1 meter is best. When one meter is not available, drivers should stay single file and cyclists should consider taking the lane.
When You’re Cycling
- Keep it straight: Look ahead and choose a straight path rather than weaving around parked cars and other obstacles.
- Signal: Use hand signals to let road users know where you’re going.
- Share shared-use paths: Ring your bell to let others know you’re coming and that you plan to pass.
- Don’t squeeze: Cyclists should not pass between two occupied vehicles, even if they are stopped at a red light.
When You’re Driving
- Don’t squeeze: Leave one meter of space between someone on a bike and your vehicle. Not enough space? Single file is the way to go.
- Bike check: When you see green stripes or white squares at intersections, you’re crossing a bike route - check both directions for bikes.
- Bike lanes are for bikes: You should not drive or stop in a bike lane. If you need to cross the bike lane, always check for cyclists.
The Door Zone
Use caution and be mindful of the door zone when cycling past or exiting a parked car. The door zone is the area along the side of a parked car where an opening door can hit and seriously injure a cyclist.
- When cycling beside parked cars: Ride as if the doors are open, referred to as the door zone.
- When parked: Open the door with your right hand. This helps you to remember to shoulder check for passing bikes.