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Published on October 16th, 2014 | by Caroline Grech

CAA Service Providers Make Cycling Safety a Priority. Here’s how.

When you think of cycling safety, the first thing that springs to mind is not often drivers. While cyclists are responsible for their own safety by – among other things – being visible and predictable, drivers also play a role by focusing on the road and being aware of cyclists.

As cycling season winds down and the daylight takes on different patterns, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye out for all road users.

CAA’s Watch for Bikes program offers tips to both drivers and cyclists on how to share the road, and includes a decal to be placed on your vehicle’s side mirrors. It serves as a constant reminder that before you change lanes, make a turn, or open your door, you should look for cyclists.

In late September, CAA’s service providers at Stellar outfitted their fleet of trucks with the decals, taking an important first step in leading the way on cycling safety. Albert Boni, who has been driving with Stellar for about two years, said it is an easy thing to do and goes a long way. “It serves as a reminder that there are always cyclists to look out for when we’re driving to calls,” Boni said. “It doesn’t matter how long you have been driving, reminders help.”

CAA joins the municipalities of Oakville and Vaughan in putting decals on their fleet as a first step towards raising awareness about all road users.

For 10-year driver, Jeff Holmes, driving has changed so much and become more complex. Cyclists are a part of that new complexity. “Especially when we drive downtown, there is a lot going on at the same time,” Holmes said. The roads have changed.”

Dana McArdle, General Manager of Operations at Stellar said it was an easy decision to add the decals to their fleet. “If you’re going to talk the talk you better walk the walk,” Mr. McArdle said.

CAA hopes to outfit more of their service providers with the Watch For Bike decals, setting an example for drivers all across the province.

For more information on CAA’s Watch for Bikes campaign, visit www.caasco.ca/cyclesafe.

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