Watch for Bikes

LONDON, ON, June 14, 2011 /CNW/ - We know what happens when two wheels accidentally meet four. And that is why CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) is launching our annual 'Watch for Bikes' campaign. CAA SCO hopes to put a stop to car-bike collisions before they happen.

Each year there are approximately 150 reported collisions between cyclists and motor vehicles. So far this year in London, 75 cyclists have been involved in collisions.

"All of these collisions could have been avoided," said John Ennis, Government Relations, CAA SCO. "By placing a 'Watch for Bikes' sticker on your driver side mirror you will be constantly reminded to check for cyclists and other traffic."

"It is important for drivers to not only use their mirror to look for cyclists, but actually check over their shoulder and see that the way is clear," said Sgt. Tom O'Brien, Traffic Management Unit, London Police Service. "There are many awards that are worth winning in life and the door prize is not one of them. Cyclists should also be aware of occupied vehicles and do their best to stay out of the door zone."

CAA SCO is urging drivers to check carefully for cyclists approaching from behind before opening your vehicle door. The fine for opening a door into a cyclist's path is $110 and two demerit points.

Here's how to keep yourself and everyone else around you safe:

  • Stay alert when you drive or cycle.
  • Slow down and leave yourself enough space when you drive or cycle to give you and others time to react.
  • Check your blind spot before opening a car door.
  • When making a right turn, check the curb to make sure you do not cut off a cyclist.
  • Take a CAN-BIKE or driver's education course and upgrade your skills.
  • Know the rules of the road.

'Watch for Bikes' stickers are available at your local CAA store.

CAA South Central Ontario is a not-for-profit auto club offering insurance, travel, automotive care and roadside services. There are more than 1.8 million CAA members in South Central Ontario and 5 million members in Canada. We're more than Roadside Assistance. We're Life-side Assistance. Visit www.caasco.com.

SOURCE CAA South Central Ontario

For further information:

Media contact: Silvana Aceto, Media and PR Specialist, CAA SCO, sace@caasco.ca, Office: (905) 771-3194, Cell: (416) 209-4930 or Jeff LeMoine, Internal/External PR Specialist, jlem@caasco.ca, Office: (905) 771-4709, Cell: (416) 254-0641.


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