Get out and cycle—but make sure you’re staying safe

With gyms across the country closed, Canadians are searching for ways to stay active. Now that spring is finally here, many of us are tuning up our bicycles and hitting the bike paths. Cities across the country are even converting some roads into lanes for pedestrians, runners and cyclists. 
As cabin fever beings to set in, cycling offers a chance to get out of the house and get moving during this pandemic. But staying safe while cycling means keeping a physical distance from others. It also means keeping clear of railway tracks.
Staying safe is about knowing your rail-safety rules
If you’re out riding your bike, chances are you might come across a railway crossing—and tracks can pose particular challenges for bikes. Here are some simple tips cyclists can follow to stay safe:
  • Always cross railway tracks at designated crossings.
  • At a crossing, slow down, look both ways and listen for approaching trains; proceed only if you’re sure it’s safe to do so.
  • When approaching railway tracks, signal your intention to slow down. 
  • Cross the tracks at a 90-degree angle, or as close to it as possible. 
  • Go slowly and stand on your pedals to keep your balance as you cross the tracks. 
  • Be aware, rails can be very slippery when wet. It’s safest to get off your bike and cross the tracks on foot if it’s been raining.
  • If you don’t feel comfortable going over a railway crossing on your bike for any reason, get off your bicycle and walk it across.
Be sure to check out our resource page for more tips for cyclists—because whether you’re cycling to work or just going for ride to get out of the house, staying safe is all about following the rail safety rules.