Friday Fun: Bicycle safety through LEGO
Cyclists in Mexico City, Mexico. Photo by Maks Karochkin/Flickr.

Cyclists riding in Mexico City, Mexico. A new series of videos from the city of Edmonton, Canada, is using an innovative approach to educate all road users about bicycle safety: LEGO. Photo by Maks Karochkin/Flickr.

As we kick off 2014, many of us are now faced with a long list of New Year’s resolutions: eat healthier, run a marathon, write a book, bike to work more – the list is potentially endless. Many of us here at EMBARQ, the producer of TheCityFix, will be working towards the last resolution in that list, and I’m sure there are a few of you out there who will be doing the same. As we work towards this goal, however, it’s important to make sure we follow the rules of the road and stay safe.

The city of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, recently released a series of short videos that demonstrate proper safety measures and etiquette for both cyclists and drivers of private vehicles on the road. What makes these videos unique? They were all made using LEGO.

The seven videos in the series teach principles such as how to use a bike box, make left turns as a cyclist, what sharrows are and how they are used, and how important it is for cyclists and drivers to have positive attitudes towards each other. So whether you’re an old hand or a newbie to urban cycling, check out Edmonton’s take on the right way to turn left as a cyclist:

Another one of the videos that takes on a serious subject through a creative, funny approach tackles deep-seated tensions between cyclists and drivers.

These videos are a great way to teach all road users, cyclists, and drivers alike how to use the road respectfully and safely, all the while keeping a lighthearted attitude. Give them a watch to refresh or learn some basics of on-street biking before heading out on the road with your bike this year. From all of us at EMBARQ, we wish you happy and safe bicycling in 2014!

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