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Rights and responsibilities of cyclists

Cyclists in British Columbia have certain rights and responsibilities when operating a bicycle on provincial roads. The duties of a cyclist do not differ from those required of motor vehicle drivers, and cyclists also have equal responsibilities to ride in a safe and cautious manner.

Cyclists are not to ride on side walks or to cross highways using cross walks unless specifically allowed to do so by local laws. In addition, cyclists must ride as far to the right on a highway as possible and are not to ride side-by-side with another cyclist. Cyclists are also forbidden from carrying more people on the cycle than the number for which it is designed, and they may not ride on highways that specifically forbid them from doing so by signs.

If a cyclist is riding during the night hours, he or she must have a lamp mounted with a white light that is visible from a distance of at least 150 meters. The cycle must also have red reflectors as well as a rear-mounted lamp displaying a red light. Cyclists who are involved in an accident must remain at the accident scene, exchange information and help any people who may be injured. When turning left or right, the cyclist must signal their intention by extending the appropriate arm out to the side.

The laws are designed to lessen the risk of bicycle accidents for cyclists riding their cycles on the road. In the event a bicyclist is hit by a car and is seriously injured, he or she may file a personal injury civil lawsuit against the driver responsible for the wreck. Through a lawsuit, injured plaintiffs may be able to seek recovery of damages in order to be compensated for their losses. Bicyclists who are injured in an accident may want to consult with a personal injury lawyer.

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