Jun 12, 2015

By Kim O'Hare

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With the arrival of summer a lot of people will be going out on their bicycles this weekend and experts want cyclists to keep safety top of mind while they ride.

Scott Watson of Parachute Canada says riders should go through their A-B-C checklist before heading out.

That including checking the air, brakes, chains and cables on their bikes.

Caroline Grech of  C-A-A says wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of severe brain injury by up to 83 per cent in the event of an accident.

She also recommends cyclists do anything they can to increase their visibility, including the use of reflectors and lights and the wearing of brightly coloured clothing — even during the day.

Experts say it’s also important for cyclists to obey traffic signals — including not rolling through stop signs.

Grech says cyclists should ensure they aren’t distracted by headphones or mobile devices.

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