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SUMMER 2021 | 41 If the Rack Fits Here are three bike rack options for your vehicle If you plan on driving somewhere to ride your bike, you'll need to aach a rack to your vehicle. Most bike racks can pull double duty, hauling skis, kayaks and fishing rods, too, though some racks won't work on certain vehicles. Major manufacturers, such as Thule, Yakima and Saris, have online guides that can help you find the right rack for your car or truck. Here are some options to get you started. TRUNK RACK COST Starting at $300 EASE OF INSTALLATION Easy HOLDS 1 to 3 bikes THE LOWDOWN A decent trunk rack will keep your bike secure, says Robert Bateman, president and CEO of Bateman's Bicycle Company in Toronto. But these racks, which are usually held in place with straps and rest on your trunk, can scratch your car. If they are not installed properly, your bike could fall off. HITCH RACK COST $500 to $2,000 (plus $300 to $500 for a hitch, if you don't already have one) EASE OF INSTALLATION Moderate HOLDS 1 to 5 bikes THE LOWDOWN This is the ideal rack for most people, Bateman says. You'll need a tow hitch, which not all vehicles can accommodate. But these racks are secure, easy to use and won't scratch your vehicle. ROOF RACK COST Starting at $1,000 EASE OF INSTALLATION Complicated HOLDS 1 to 4 bikes THE LOWDOWN If your car can't handle a hitch rack, a roof rack is a good alternative. They can be tricky to install, but they're rock solid and will keep your bike high above any potentially damaging road debris. Just beware when passing low-hanging trees and visiting drive-throughs, Bateman says. PRACTICE THE RULES OF THE ROAD Experts say it's important to teach your kids road rules from a young age. Parents can set a positive example by following the rules themselves when out with their kids, such as stopping at red lights, stop signs, crosswalks with pedestrians and for school buses with flashing lights. Teach them what road signs mean and how to signal turns using the correct gestures; visit to learn the proper hand signals. Instruct them not to weave between parked cars, to keep a safe distance from all stationary vehicles and to ride in the same direction as traffic. Educate them on the importance of walking their bike across crosswalks and busy intersections, always watching for cars. Drivers, pedestrians and cyclists all have a responsibility to keep each other safe when sharing the road. This means making eye contact with drivers, keeping an eye out for kids playing, yielding to pedestrians and stopping at a safe distance behind buses when passengers are getting out, among other rules. Road rules and signs, as well as legal requirements for wearing a helmet, may vary from one province to another, so make sure you adhere to the specific regulations where you live.

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