Brace yourself for carmageddon.

Downtown Vancouver is expected to face serious traffic congestion as roadwork ramps up over the busy Fall season. To avoid the gridlock, some are choosing bike over car to get from A to B.

The spike in bikes on our roads has prompted the CAA to create a website that focuses on bike safety for drivers.

A few tips from the site:

CAA also lists some of the most common vehicle-bike collisions:

When turning right, check the curb lane and shoulder check on your right to ensure there are no cyclists that you may cut off.
When turning left, look ahead for any oncoming vehicle or cyclists. Check the crosswalk for pedestrians.
When turning left, look ahead for any oncoming vehicle or cyclists. Check the crosswalk for pedestrians.
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Cyclists need a meter on either side as a safety zone. Drivers should not pass too close, and should always change lanes to pass.
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Drivers parked must be careful when opening doors. Be on the lookout for cyclists and pedestrians. Always mirror and shoulder check before opening your door.

Be sure to take the CAA’s bike safety quiz once you’ve reviewed the information on their site. Keep bike safety on your mind as the roads get busier and the days get dark and wet. It could save a life.

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