Cycling Safety

Cycling Safety

Spring is a perfect time to make sure that the bicycles you and your family ride are set up properly for a safe summer of fun. Here are some good tips.

Sizing Your Bike

There is a variety of bicycles on the market to choose from. Whether you’re choosing a touring, sport, mountain or hybrid bicycle, it should fit properly, making
it easy to control and comfortable to ride.

Check these important fitting points on your bicycle.

Frame Size

Frame size varies by type of bicycle, but as a general rule, you should be able to stand flat-footed over your bike’s frame (top tube) with two to five centimetres of space. For a woman’s frame bike, when sitting on the seat, the base of the seat should be at least five centimetres above the seat tube when the tips of both feet touch the ground.

Seat and Handlebar Height Adjustment

Seat – Positioning your seat properly will help make your pedalling more efficient and reduce strain on your knees. To ensure your seat is at the correct height, sit on the seat with the balls of your feet on the pedals.

At the bottom of the pedal stroke, your legs should be almost straight with your knees slightly bent.

Handlebars – – In a normal riding position, your weight should be evenly balanced, allowing you to rest your hands lightly on the handlebars. You can adjust the tilt of your seat and the height of your handlebars to achieve a good balance of weight.

Your handlebar stem and seat post must be at least five centimetres into the frame. Both usually have a mark that indicates the maximum extension point. Longer seat posts and stems are available if you need them.

Safety Check

Every cyclist needs to know how to tell when their bicycle is unsafe to ride and needs repair.   For more on this topic and other great tips, we recommend that you refer to the Ontario Guide for Safe Cycling.  Click here for all the basics on safe cycling.

Cycling safety concerns us all.  To learn about more ways you can get involved and make a positive difference, visit Share The Road.  The Share the Road Cycling Coalition is a provincial cycling advocacy organization created to unite cycling organizations from across Ontario and work with and on behalf of municipalities to enhance their ability to make their communities more bicycle- friendly.