When it comes to bike collisions, the best advice I can offer is to avoid them.
But that doesn’t mean you can avoid them all.
There are some simple ways to avoid a crash on the road and on a bicycle.
Bike insurance can protect you in the event of a collisionIf you’ve got bike insurance, it can help you avoid collisions with other cars.
The Insurance Bureau of Canada has a handy chart that shows which vehicles are more likely to collide with cyclists, based on their insurance levels.
You can find out how much you need to pay if you have collision insurance, how much it will cover, and how much coverage is needed for the vehicle you’re riding in.
“It’s a great way to get some idea of what your coverage might be if you get hit by another car,” says Kristi Schuster, senior policy manager for insurance at the B.C. Civil Liberties Association.
“So you can know if you’re in good enough shape to avoid collisions.”
It’s also a good idea to have some bike insurance with you at all times, she says.
Be prepared for accidents and injuriesBikes can sometimes get stuck in traffic jams or in other busy places.
So when they do, it’s important to be ready for it.
If you’re not familiar with traffic patterns and the intersection, check with the traffic lights or police for a map of the area where you’ll be traveling, and where you can park and wait.
Make sure you’ve prepared for collisions and injuries, too.
Check out our list of best bike helmet designs for cyclists and pedestrians to help you plan for accidents.
Ask for help when you’re lost, injured or hurtThere’s no excuse not to have a bike with you.
If you need help or are injured in a collision, you should call 911 or the BC Ambulance Service (BCAS).
The B.D.C.’s BCAS is an ambulance service, but it can also help you in an emergency if needed.
Call 911 if you think you or someone you know may be in danger or seriously injured.
If the ambulance service can’t come to you, you can use the BAM to call the ambulance if you can’t get in contact with the driver.
Take it easy on your bikeIf you have kids, you’re going to want to be careful about what you’re doing when riding a bike.
When riding a bicycle, you’ll want to take a few things into account: Your child should be able to keep control of the bike and not jump out of the way.
If a child falls, they may not be able see what’s happening.
As well, it may be important for your child to ride in a safe manner, says Schuster.
Consider using a bicycle helmetIf you need or have to ride your bicycle with kids, it would be a good time to do it.
“If you can be sure that you’re safely riding the bike in the safety of your own home, then you don’t need to consider using a helmet,” says Schster.
“But you should be aware that there are some risks associated with riding a motorcycle.”
Bicycle helmets are designed to reduce the risk of injury, but they’re not perfectIf you or anyone you know has had an accident or injury on a bike, you might want to consider having a bike helmet installed on your bicycle.
You can find more information on bicycle helmets and the BCAS.
I suggest you wear a helmet, but don’t alwaysBicyclists are often wearing helmets at the same time as riding their bikes.
It’s common for people to wear a safety helmet while riding a car, but not always.
This is because helmets have a narrow design that makes it difficult to fit over a bicycle’s shoulder.
So when a cyclist rides a bicycle with a safety seat attached, they are wearing a helmet with their head on top of the seat.
This is especially important if you ride a motorcycle.
If you are wearing an old bicycle helmet that’s no longer in use, it will need to be replaced every six months.
Schuster suggests that cyclists wear a pair of bicycle safety helmets at all time, even if they don’t have to wear one at the moment.
It also makes sense to wear safety helmets when riding your bike on a street.
To learn more about bike safety and helmet use, check out our guide to bicycle helmets.
Stay safe in the winterIt’s important that you wear appropriate winter clothing.
But it’s also important to wear clothing that is warm enough for a warm day and to keep your head warm in winter.
Some people don’t wear winter clothing, but if you do, make sure you can wear it at all hours of the day and night.
Your head and body will benefit from a warm, comfortable winter clothing