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Be a safe Bicyclist

According to the Nova Scotia Motor Vehicle Act cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists. When cyclists and motorists follow the same set of rules, the chance of a collision is greatly reduced.

Nova Scotia Driver's Handbook, Drivers and bicycles

"Bicyclists must obey the same traffic rules and regulations that apply to all road users. Unfortunately, not all bicycle riders know or understand this, especially young children. So, Motorists, you have an extra responsibility to use caution around bicyclists, especially children. You must also respect the bicyclist's right to share the road." (Chapter 2, page 69)

Nova Scotia Bicycle Safety Books

These two ebooks tell you about how to choose the correct bicycle and safety equipment, how to care for the bicycle, how to ride safely, and what the traffic laws mean.

It can give you a better understanding of what is expected of cyclists and help you to help your child cycle safely.

The example you set will speak more clearly to your children than anything you say, so if you ride a bicycle, cycle safely.

Crosswalk Safety

Crosswalk safety is a shared responsibility between pedestrians and drivers.

Courtesy helps create an environment in which collisions are less likely. Thank drivers who yield at crosswalks.

On average one pedestrian per day is involved in a motor vehicle collision in Nova Scotia, three pedestrians per month are seriously injured and one per month is killed. Most are struck while crossing the street.

  • Pedestrian Safety is no Accident [Adobe Reader- 146 kb] Follow the safety tips outlined in Pedestrian Safety / Crosswalk safety brochure when crossing the street with your bicycle.