How to Stay Visible on the Trail
The stark sun-starved days of November and December are a reminder that pedestrian and cyclist visibility is important any time of year. Fog, blowing snow and even the fully-leaved trees and shrubs of summer can reduce your visibility to others on the trail.
Here are 10 tips for staying visible and safe on and around the trailway.
- Wear bright, light-coloured and reflective clothing
- Stop and look both ways at all road crossings. Never assume oncoming traffic sees you because you see them.
- Be alert and aware of your surroundings. Avoid texting or having your headphone volume too loud. Make sure you can hear approaching trail users and a cyclist’s bell.
- Keep your dogs on a leash and keep the leash taut to avoid entanglement or your dog from surprising other trail users.
- Make sure your dogs are visible by using bright, reflective leashes, jackets or collar lights. Dreamland Pet in Elora should have these items for you.
- Stop at every road crossing and look both ways. Some road crossings occur near tight corners which hinders driver visibility.
- Equip your bike with front and rear lights. The Bicycle Tailor in Fergus has a number of options to help you see and be seen while riding your bike on dreary days.
- Wear bright, reflective clothing. No need to buy new clothing items; the Bicycle Tailor can order reflective tape to add to your bike, helmet, and gear to keep you visible.
- Use a bell to signal your approach.
- Slow down around corners to avoid any unexpected run-ins with dogs, horses, pedestrians or other cyclists.
Bonus Tips for Drivers
- Stay alert and avoid distractions like texting or talking on the phone.
- Watch for trail crossing signs, slow down and scan the area for crossing pedestrians or cyclists.
- Adjust your speed for road conditions and respect the posted speed limit.
- Ensure your headlights are on during low-visibility conditions like fog or snow so you’re visible to others.