Many Queen's students use bicycles while living in Kingston. If you plan to have a bike while studying here, we recommend that you keep in mind the following safety tips:
- Wear a helmet at all times. It's the law for anyone under 18 years old, and it is strongly suggested for riders of all ages. Replace your helmet after any collision, even if it seems undamaged.
- Ride on the right. Always ride with traffic; it's safer for you and any other vehicle on the road. However, watch for drivers in the parking lanes opening their car doors into traffic.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Always look behind you before moving to either side, check for cars that might be running red lights or turning without noticing you, and watch out for doors opening from cars in the parking lane, among other things. Make sure you know how you will stop yourself or move out of harm's way in any situation.
- Make sure you're easily visible. Wear bright clothing, use lights (especially at nighttime), and buy a horn so you can honk if you're concerned a driver can't see you.
- Ensure your actions are predictable to other vehicles on the road. Use arms signals before turning or maneuvering around obstacles.
The League of American Bicyclists website has an extremely helpful "Ride Better" web page, which includes sections for rules of the road, commuter tips, beginning cycling, and bicycle maintenance.
In "How to Not Get Hit by Cars," you can find illustrated and highly detailed explanations of ten types of bike-car collisions and how to avoid them. General riding safety tips are included at the bottom of the page.