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Bike Safety

Get on your bike safely!

 

Cycling is one of the best ways to get exercise, get around and reduce your carbon footprint. However, cyclists face a host of hazards. They often must share the road with other vehicles, and it is vital cyclists – and drivers – prepare properly for every journey and take some safety precautions. Remember, as a cyclist, you are required by law to follow the rules of the road as described in Part 12 of The Road Code of the Cayman Islands, 2012.

 

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Advice for cyclists

 

Check your bike is ready for the road before you ride

 

  • The seat should be adjusted to the proper height and locked in place
  • Make certain all parts are secure and working properly
  • Check that the tires are inflated properly
  • Make sure the bike is equipped with reflectors on the rear, front, pedals and spokes
  • A horn or bell, a rear-view mirror and a bright headlight also are recommended
  • Wear a correctly fitted cycle helmet that is securely fastened for every journey
  • Keep bikes secure

 

Make sure drivers and other road users can see you

 

  • Whenever possible, cycle during the day
  • If you do cycle after dark always use lights after dark or when visibility is poor
  • Ride decisively and keep clear of the kerb
  • Look and signal to show drivers what you plan to do, make eye contact where possible.
  • Avoid riding up the inside of vehicles, as you might not be seen
  • If a vehicle is indicating to the left hang back at the junction to reduce the risk of a collision
  • Wear high-visibility and reflective clothing and accessories at all times

 

Cycle safely and obey the rules of The Road Code of the Cayman Islands

 

  • Get acquainted with traffic laws; cyclists must obey the same rules as motorists
  • Obey ALL traffic signs and signals
  • Ride single-file, on the left, in the direction of traffic
  • Remain alert, keep your head up and look around - watch for opening car doors and other hazards
  • Use hand signals when turning and take extra care at busy junctions or roundabouts
  • Before entering traffic, stop and look right, left, right again and over your shoulder
  • Pay extra attention in construction zones
  • Keep both hands on the handlebars unless making a turning signal
  • Do not ride with passengers on the from or the back of the bike

 

Using designated cycle lanes and ‘Sharrows’ - shared-lanes

 

  • Whenever available, use designated cycle lanes where motor vehicles are NOT allowed
  • In a marked, designated shared-lane where lanes are too narrow for motor vehicles to pass a cyclist, the cyclist MUST take the full lane
  • In a dedicated cycle lane, or shared-lane the cyclist must take the full lane when passing parked cars in order to avoid open doors

 

Advice for drivers

 

Cyclists are vulnerable road users with the same rights to use our roads as motorists. Help keep them safe and be bicycle aware.

 

  • If driving, you should anticipate cyclists, especially at peak times of day
  • Look out for cyclists, make eye contact where possible to show you have seen them
  • Use your indicators to signal intentions and look out for cyclists signals
  • Give cyclists plenty of space - at least 3ft - when overtaking them
  • Always check for cyclists when opening your car door, pulling out at a junction, or when doing a manoeuvre
  • Allow other road users to maintain distance, where possible. For example, give cyclists space at traffic lights
  • Stay well clear of designated cycle lanes and be aware of shared lanes - look for the Sharrow markings and give at least 3ft horizontal clearance for cyclists

 

This is an initiative of the National Energy Policy on behalf of the Cayman Islands Government, in partnership with the National Roads Authority.

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