Cycling can be a relaxing and healthy way to travel across your town or city if you follow the rules.

Morden Police Chief Brad Neduzak, says it works both ways; to prevent future accidents from happening cyclists and drivers must be aware of each other and drive cautiously.

"You never assume that one is stopping, you never assume that one isn't going to turn in front of you," Neduzak says. "You just are cautious, and make sure you have time to react to whatever each one is going to do."

emerado accident5A Winkler student from Emerado was hit by a car while on his bicycle earlier this summer. Even though School zones are back to 50KM/H for the season, residents should continue to drive carefully in these areas

Neduzak also reminds cyclists they share the same responsibilities and rules as motor vehicles when driving on the road.

"Travel on the right side of the roadway, as close to the curb as possible, so you're not impeding vehicular traffic," he says. "You must stop at all the stop signs, as well as use your hand signals to indicate the direction of travel and turning."

He notes many people are unaware that cyclists must stay off sidewalks; cyclists should stay on the road or travel on designated bike paths.

However, Neduzak says it's okay for children whose parents don't feel comfortable having their kids ride on the road to ride their bikes on the sidewalk.

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