Make your next bike ride a safe one—stay clear of tracks

With pandemic lockdowns happening in many parts of the country, it’s safe to say there are more bikes on the road than ever before as Canadians try to stay active. In fact, the demand for bikes is so high right now, some stores are already selling out.
But if you’re lucky enough to have a bike, staying safe on your next ride means more than just wearing a helmet and keeping two metres away from others. It also means being aware of hazardous cycling routes—and following the rail safety rules.
Last month, a young person was taken to hospital with minor injuries after their bike was hit by a freight train in Windsor, Ont. while they were trespassing on the tracks. Though they were able to get off the tracks before the collision happened, the incident could have ended in tragedy.
So, don’t take the risk. Stay clear of tracks on your next bike ride and follow these simple rail safety tips:
  • Only 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 crossing, go slowly and stand on your pedals in order to keep your balance. 
  • Cross the tracks at a 90-degree angle, or as close to it as possible. 
  • Be aware, rails can be very slippery when wet. If it’s been raining, get off your bike and cross tracks on foot.
For more cycling rail-safety tips, check out our resources page.