CAA Niagara urges drivers to share the road with cyclists


Published July 28, 2021 at 5:46 pm


Given that a motorist recently hit and killed a cyclist in Lincoln this past week, CAA Niagara is stepping up its #ShareTheRoad campaign.

While it’s a national initiative, all local CCA branches, including CAA Niagara, are jumping on the campaign.

“To keep everyone safe, most Canadian road users (85 per cent) feel both motorists and cyclists need to remain alert and not distracted while on the road,” said CAA, adding drivers distracted by their phones have the highest risk of hitting a cyclist.

StatsCan says, “An average of 74 Canadians die in cycling collisions each year; 73 per cent of those incidents involved a collision with a motor vehicle.”

While CAA’s campaign video touches on humour between drivers and cyclists, the intent is serious. Please be aware of your surroundings on the road, they urge.

The number of bikes on our roads continues to rise,” said CAA. “Cyclists ride for exercise, they ride as a leisure activity with their friends or family, they ride to get to work and today, in some parts of the country, cycling is a year-round activity.”

“Road safety depends on the cooperation of motorists and cyclists,” they continued. “Most motorists are or have been cyclists and most adult cyclists drive motor vehicles.”

The CAA understands that tensions may arise between road users sometimes “but everyone can agree drivers and cyclists need to learn how to safely share the road.”

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