Being a rural area, almost all of our roads are only two-lane, which means bicyclists, motorists, agricultural equipment operators, horses and riders and pedestrians will be sharing the road. We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable experience on our roads. When everyone drives with care and courtesy, it is easy to share the road!
The Town partnered with local stakeholders as well as the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport to develop a Rural Share the Road initiative. This video along with other promotion pieces provides a reaching effort to ensure residents as well as visitors are aware of how to Share the Road while using our rural areas.
Farm equipment often do not have brake lights or turn signals and have many blind spots. Give farm equipment operators plenty of space to stop, slow down and turn so that you and the farmer get to your destinations safely.
Be aware that farmers with long or broad equipment must sometimes swing wide (like a transport truck) to make left turns. If a tractor swings to the right, do not attempt to pass. It may still be turning left.
Remember the farmer has an important job. He/She is not there to inconvenience you. The farmer may be unable to pull off the road due to equipment weight or road shoulder issues. Wait for a safe opportunity to pass.
As you travel our roads, you may encounter horses and riders. Even the best trained horse can be frightened by a speeding vehicle and loud noises. Please use good judgment when you share the road with the horses.
For the safety of the horse and rider it is important to remember a few easy rules of the road:
Our community is home to many migrant workers who support our agricultural economy. They often use bicycles as their mode of transportation. Please be aware that they are sharing the road with us.
Our roads are frequently used by runners and walkers. Often it is the rural roads where we find pedestrians using the roads, as there are no sidewalks. To ensure the safety of both pedestrians and motorists, here are a few guidelines:
Both cyclists and motorists must recognize slow moving vehicles on the road. They come in a large variety of shapes and sizes. A good road safety rule is to look for an orange triangle emblem on the back of any vehicle you don't recognize. Use caution when you see the triangle, which indicates a slow moving vehicle.
Know that most farm equipment travels under 40 km per hour. To avoid collision, slow your bicycle or vehicle as soon as you see farm equipment on the road. Be prepared to stop at all times.
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