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Safely Sharing New Brunswick’s Roadways

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By Richard Louis  MD, MHM
Injury Prevention Coordinator

Summer in New Brunswick is a great time to enjoy the outdoors by walking or cycling along our roadways. It is important for pedestrians and cyclists to know how to safely share the road with motorists.

Over 90% of injuries are predictable and preventable. By following some simple safety tips, you can decrease the risk of being injured for you and your family.

Cycling and walking have health benefits and are environmentally friendly ways to get to your destination. Here are some suggestions to stay safe while walking:

  • Bike Safety 2Wear brightly-coloured, reflective clothing if walking near dusk or when it is dark outside, also consider carrying a flashlight.

  • Treat driveways and alleyways like "small roadways". Be extra careful to watch for drivers backing up in parking lots too.

  • Before crossing the street try to establish eye contact with the driver to make sure they see you. Make sure the vehicle comes to a complete stop before you start to cross the street.

  • If there are no sidewalks or designated pedestrian lanes available, walk in single file on the left hand side of the road facing the flow of traffic.

  •  Always cross at a designated crosswalk, but if none available, cross at the nearest intersection.

  • If the "do not walk" light appears while crossing continue to walk do not run, there is still time to finish crossing. If the "do not walk" sign begins to flash as you start to cross wait for the next walk sign to appear before you cross.

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Here are some suggestions to stay safe while cycling:

  • Protect your head, wear a helmet. A properly fitted and correctly worn bike helmet can help decrease your risk of serious head injury by up to 80%.

  • Check your ride. Before going for a ride get in the habit of doing a bike check to verify that the tires are inflated to the correct pressure and your brakes are working properly.

  • Be prepared.Get trained in bicycle safety and know the rules of the road. Remember to use correct hand signals and follow all the traffic rules.

  • Stay on the right side of the road. Always ride in the same direction as traffic.

  • Be seen. Wearing bright, reflective clothing and equipping your bike with reflectors help increase visibility so that drivers can see you better.

  • Pick family friendly routes. Use designated bike paths or lanes when available.

To learn more about injury prevention, please visit the NB Trauma Program website.

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