Manitoba Public Insurance, in partnership with Bike Winnipeg and the Green Action Centre are encouraging motorists to leave a safe distance when passing cyclists.
Some safety tips for drivers include: leaving a distance of at least one metre to ensure a safe ride, take extra caution at intersections and watch for cyclists when making turns, look for cyclists on sidewalks when entering and exiting roadways, and watch for cyclists before opening your car door when you are parked.
Cyclists are reminded to always follow the rules of the road and never pass stopped vehicles in the same lane. There is an average of 180 bicycle-vehicle collisions in Manitoba and education and heightened awareness about the one metre distance rule are positive steps in making cycling a safe experience for motorists and cyclists.
The program will also work to ensure children that they are able to safely bike to school and engage in healthy school travel. For more information you can contact Manitoba Public Insurance at 204-985-7300