There is a vast amount of information available about how to cycle safely. Not all of it is correct, legal or even practical.

Also, there is only so much you can learn by reading about it. Much of the knowledge that you gain through Safer Cycling Calgary courses is learned by physically doing things, including parking lot drills and actual riding on roads.

Legal and practical references below, as well as some documents used by Safer Cycling Calgary.

ABTSA Rules The Alberta Traffic Safety Act: Rules of the Road
ABTSA Highway The Alberta Traffic Safety Act: Use of Highway and Rules of the Road
Alberta Driver's Guide Driver's Guide to Operation, Safety and Licensing (Cars and Light Trucks)
Accident Report Form Accident Report Form

 

 

Helmet Standards

Helmet “standards” tell us the level of protection that should be afforded to the wearer of the helmet. Organizations that are involved in setting standards, for helmets sold in Canada include:

  • Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
  • United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
  • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
  • National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE)
  • SNELL Memorial Foundation (SNELL)
  • European Committee for Standardization (CEN)

Helmets that make the claim of meeting a standard are either done so by the helmet manufacturer or by a third party test laboratory. Helmets bearing a CSA, SNELL, or CEN (CE) sticker are third party tested. Helmets with stickers that make the claim they meet ASTM, CPSC, or NOCSAE standards have been tested by the manufacturer.

CAN-BIKE // Bike Helmets 101 from Manitoba Cycling Association on Vimeo