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Sunshine brings out cyclists & warning

As temperatures creeping into double digits and the brilliant sunshine kisses the Okanagan Valley it's a perfect day for cyclists to re-emerge onto Okanagan roadways.

So far today, two cyclists have been involved in crashes with vehicles on Okanagan streets, prompting a warning from RCMP.

"Obviously it's a beautiful day out and cyclists are going to be out in force from now through the fall," says Cst. Kris Clark.

"Motorists need to realize they are out there and that we need to share the road."

Clark says the warning goes both ways.

"As a cyclist you know you are never going to win the battle against the car. There are several thousand pounds as opposed to your 180 pounds or whatever," says Clark.

"That's not a battle you want to get involved in."

Temperatures are expected to remain in the low to mid teens throughout the balance of the week and into the weekend and, with a low lying sun, Clark says motorists need to protect against glare as much as possible.

"Anything you can do to get the glare out of your eyes and improve your visibility is going to help for sure. Honestly there is not a whole lot out there other than putting your shades on and pulling your visor down," says Clark.

"Anything you can do that is going to legally help improve your visibility is great."

Clark adds motorists should slow down in areas frequented by pedestrians and cyclists such as on KLO Road near Okanagan College and around school zones and parks.

He says pedestrians crossing a street should never assume a motorist sees them.

Clark says pedestrians should always try to make eye contact with a driver to ensure the motorist sees them.


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