Making Ontario streets safe for cyclists

July 17, 2017 / Ontario

Whether you’re in Mississauga or Centretown Ottawa, cycling in Ontario’s cities can be rewarding but tough. At Uber, we’re constantly working to help make our roads safer.

In addition to using our technology to improve road safety, we’re working with local organizations to raise awareness of best practices to help make our streets safer. That’s why we’re partnering with Share The Road to connect Uber riders and driver-partners in Ottawa and Toronto with vital information that can save lives.

Starting on July 18, in partnership with Share The Road, we’ll be sending riders and driver-partners information to help prevent collisions on our streets:

For drivers
  • Respect bicyclists as legal road users with the same rights and responsibilities as motorists. Drive courteously and with tolerance. That cyclist is your neighbor and you are sharing the same road.
  • Check over your shoulder, and always check your blind spot. A bicyclist could be there.
  • Maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and the bicycle in front of you.
  • Yield to pedestrians and bicyclists in and entering crosswalks.
  • If you plan to turn right or pull into a parking space shortly ahead of a bicycle in front of you, do not pass.
  • Pass bicyclists only it is safe to do so. Exercise patience.
For riders
  • When you’re requesting a pickup on a street with a bike lane, give your driver enough curb space to pull over. Not only is it illegal for vehicles to stop in the bike lane, you’ll also help keep people on bikes safe.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. When your driver arrives, make sure the coast is clear before you open the door.
  • When you’re getting dropped off on a street with a bike lane, ask your driver to look for open curb space or offer to be dropped off on an adjacent side street.
  • Look back before exiting your vehicle. Exit on the side closer to the curb to avoid colliding with people on bikes.

We are all better off when it’s easy to get around a city without getting behind the wheel. And Uber is just one piece of the puzzle. Studies have found that shared modes of transportation complement each other — for instance, people who use ridesharing apps are more likely to use bike-sharing and public transit, and less likely to own a car. We’re proud to be working with public transit authorities and organizations like Share The Road to make our streets safer, less congested, and less polluted.

Nobody likes a road hog. It’s up to all of us to learn how we can share the road and prevent collisions as we move around our cities.