I rise in the house today with an important safety message.

As minister of justice and public safety, the safety of New Brunswickers on our roadways is always a concern.

With spring and warmer temperatures upon us, the use of bicycles on our roads is increasing.

Therefore it is important that motorists and cyclists work together to share the road in a responsible and respectful manner.

I urge drivers to respect the presence of cyclists on the road and to provide them with as much room as possible to safely operate. A good rule of thumb is to provide one meter of distance, when it is safe to do so.

I would also urge cyclists to prepare themselves to safely operate their bicycle alongside drivers by becoming familiar with the proper use of hand signals and safety equipment.

Wearing a bike helmet reduces the risk of injury and death, and cyclists should wear a helmet every time they ride.

I also would remind New Brunswickers that wearing a bicycle helmet is the law.

I am proud to be part of a government that makes road safety a priority.

Responsible and respectful use of our highways, streets and bike lanes will help make our communities safer and help make New Brunswick a better place to live, work and play.