Bike safety a concern for local police

Chilliwack, Agassiz and Hope RCMP are carrying out a bike safety campaign, hoping their efforts result in safer cycling.

In response to community concerns, police in the Upper Fraser Valley have started a bicycle safety awareness campaign.

With the advent of beautiful summer weather we have seen an increase in cyclists, with more recreational cyclists and more people cycling to work,” said Cpl. Len vanNieuwenhuizen. “And with school starting in less than a month we want to educate cyclists, especially our youth, to travel safely.”

The campaign’s goal is to remind cyclists that when they’re out and about, the rules of the road apply equally to bicycles and cars.

Cyclists must ride on the right side of the road and not on a sidewalk. When riding at night, cyclists are required to have a white light on the front of their bike, and a red light on the back. They are encouraged to wear reflective clothing and violations of any of these regulations will result in a $109 fine.

Most importantly, cyclists are required to wear a helmet.

Broken arms and legs can mend fairly well, but a broken skull can be fatal,” said vanNieuwenhuizen, who cycles to work himself. “Therefore we will be diligent in enforcing this requirement. Our roads are busy and the rules of the road need to be followed to ensure your safety.”

The fine for failing to wear a helmet is $29, which is coincidentally the approximate price of a good bike helmet.

Get more information on bike safety at the Crime Prevention Services Office, found at 45877 Wellington Avenue.

Reach them by phone at 604-393-3000.