Bike Safety

CAA Saskatchewan wants to ensure the safety of pedestrians and cyclists on our roads. CAA offers tips for cyclists that includes sharing the road, ways to avoid collisions, choosing a bike and helmet, and common vehicle-bike collisions. Learn More

Bicycles are considered – by law – a vehicle on the road and cyclists must obey the same rules when travelling on the road. If you dismount and walk alongside your bike, you are considered a pedestrian and have the same rights as a pedestrian. Some Saskatchewan communities only allow sidewalk riding by children on bikes with wheels less than 50 cm in diameter. It is recommended you walk your bicycle on pedestrian crosswalks and overpasses.
 
The CAA Youth Safety Booklet contains fun activities and information about pedestrian, bike, and school zone safety, as well as the CAA School Safety Patrol® Program. Complimentary copies of the booklet are available at all CAA Stores and the CAA Car Care Centre at Regina Battery Depot.

Bike Safety Be Seen. Be Heard. Be ReadyBike Safety Tips

  • Plan your ride and avoid dangerous routes.
  • To choose the best bicycle for you, consider size, frame, and seat height, as well as the type of roads or trails you ride on.
  • Wear a helmet, every single time you ride your bike. Wearing a bike helmet increases your chances of surviving a fall or collision and helps prevent brain injury.
  • Never ride your bicycle while wearing headphones.
  • Keep both hands on handlebars, except when making a hand signal.
  • Wear proper footwear and keep both feet on pedals.
  • Never carry more people than the bike was designed for.
  • Ride in a single file and follow the rules of the road.
  • It’s important to be seen, be heard, and be ready.

Take our interactive bike quiz which is specially designed for both drivers and cyclists to test their knowledge on sharing the road and proper bike safety.

Bike Maintenance and Care

Before you ride your bike, make sure it functions properly. Remembering your ABC’s will get you out on the road safely and confidently.

  • A is for Air: Check your tires to ensure they are properly inflated with air and that they are not worn, cracked, or gouged.
  • B is for Brakes, Bar & Bell: Squeeze the brake levers of your handlebar brakes to make sure they are working. Check the brake pads for wear and tear. Set your handlebar to the correct height. You should be able to ride comfortably without strain on your back, shoulders, or wrists. Test your bell so you will be able to signal others easily.
  • C is for Chain & Crank: Ensure the chain is well oiled and secure so that it does not slip from the gears. Test the crank of your bike by running it through its gears. Ensure you can shift gears easily and cleanly. If any of these things are not correctly working, visit your local bicycle shop to have repairs made.

Just like motorists, cyclists find themselves stranded on roads. Did you know that CAA Saskatchewan now offers year-round Emergency Roadside Assistance to bicyclists as part of the CAA membership? Learn more about CAA Bike Assist.