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Police remind residents to think road safety as summer approaches

May 30, 2016

As the warm weather approaches, Cape Breton Regional Police remind road users to be alert for more motorcycle, bicycle, pedestrian and ATV traffic.

Road safety is a shared responsibility. No matter how many wheels you’re travelling on, make sure your means of transportation is prepared for the road. Get your bikes in good working order and follow the rules of the road. Nova Scotia legislation requires cyclists to ride single file on the right side of the road and to use designated bike lanes where present; drivers are required to leave at least one metre (three feet) of space when passing a cyclist and must avoid driving or parking in bike lanes. Whether riding a bike or motorcycle, wearing a helmet is mandatory. And, motorcycle drivers must have motorcycles inspected and insured.

Police encourage all motorists to pay attention, always look over your shoulders and use your mirrors.

If you own and operate an off-road vehicle, police remind you there are rules and regulations in place about where and how you can drive them: always remember to wear a helmet, drive in designated areas and maintain a valid permit. Those who drive ATVs on regular roadways are subject to fines under the Off-Highway Vehicles Act.

Whether biking, walking or driving in a vehicle, motorcycle or on an ATV, please respect all users of the road and work together to keep our roadways safe.

For more information, visit: www.bikesafety.caa.ca, http://novascotia.ca/tran/roadsafety/onemetre.asp, www.safetyservicesns.ca and www.novascotia.ca/natr/ohv/.