What You Need to Know About Cycling in Pemberton
Photo by Dave Steers
Cyclist Rules of the Road
- Road cyclists have the same rights (and duties) as drivers of any motor vehicle.
- All road users (pedestrians, motorcycles, cars, trucks, bicycles) need to share the road and show mutual respect.
- Cyclists ride as near as possible to the right side of the highway. They do not need to be on the shoulder, but should be safely to the right of motor traffic.
- Cyclists may ride to the left of the white line.
- Cyclists do not need to ride on any unpaved section of the highway (In other words, they are allowed to share the paved road with motor vehicles.
Cyclist Tips for Sharing the Road
- Ride Single File: It can be easy to forget this rule if riding with friends, but every responsible cyclist knows that riding single file shows respect for the road and other people.
- Always ride in the same direction as other vehicle traffic. Cyclists have the same rights and duties as others using the road.
- Ride in a predictable, safe manner. Do not weave, stop suddenly, pass or turn without ample signalling. Use hand signals.
- Wear a helmet and use lights in low visibility.
- When stopped, do make sure you are on the shoulder and out of traffic.
Ten Tips for Enjoyable Bicycle Touring
- Wear A Helmet — Helmets save lives and prevent serious injuries. While other injuries can heal, a head injury can lead to disability or death.
- Check Your Bike — Use a bike with a lightweight alloy frame that is in good condition. If you are not certain have it checked out by a trained bicycle mechanic.
- Get In Shape — Ride 30 kilometres (20 miles) or more several times each week. Ride the distance that you plan to ride in a day at least once prior to the trip.
- Ride Safely And Be Visible — Always follow the rules of the road. Wear bright colours to increase your visibility. Use a headlight and rear light at night.
- Be Alert — Look ahead constantly for hazards including turning vehicles, rail tracks, sewer grates, road debris and broken pavement.
- Drink Water — Take a large water bottle and drink before you are thirsty to avoid dehydration.
- Pack A Snack — Carry your favourite snack such as fruit, fruit juice and granola bars to eat on the road. Eating dairy products (other than yogurt) and large meals during a strenuous ride can cause indigestion discomfort.
- Dress For Comfort — Wear purpose designed bike shorts to protect the contact area with the bike seat (available in styles that look like walking shorts or form fitting lycra shorts). Dress in layers so that you can adjust your clothing to stay comfortable.
- Lock Your Bike — When your bike is out of your sight lock the rear wheel, frame (and front wheel if possible) to a secure object. A "U" shaped security lock is best.
- Reserve Ahead — Always reserve needed overnight accommodation in advance. Be certain that you will have a comfortable place to rest and a secure place for your bicycle at the end of the ride.