ICBC warns drivers about cyclist activity this summer

Published: May 29, 2017

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Luke Jones

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The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) is aiming to reduce the number of cyclist-related deaths and injuries on the roads of British Columbia this summer. Last week, the crown corporation public insurance provider issued a notice to drivers.

In the notice, the ICBC warns all drivers to take extra care during the summer season and be aware of cyclists on the road. The provincial insurer says more cyclists are on roads during the summer months than any other time of the year.

ICBC points out an average of 740 cyclists are injured during collisions with cars between June and September each year. Furthermore, seven cyclists die on average per year during these months.

The notice also reminds drivers in British Columbia to maintain concentration on the road ahead to be aware of cyclists at day and night. ICBC says motorists should give right of way to cyclists, use signal light appropriately, and to keep safe distances between vehicle and bike.

Also in the release, the insurer said cyclists can also observe some safety tips to ensure a secure journey. ICBC says cyclists should wear helmets at all time and also use reflective gear when on the road. Additionally, bike riders should use designated cycle lanes wherever it is possible to do so.

ICBC also reminds cyclists that they too are subject to the legal rules of the road, including not riding on sidewalks.