The 2011 version of the Alberta Driver Handbook contains a few changes. In the section on left turns, for instance, it now says: "Check the crosswalk of the road you are turning onto for pedestrians and cyclists."
In the section on right turns, "Before you begin to turn, check over your right shoulder for cyclists who may have moved up on the right side of your vehicle" was changed to "Check over your right shoulder for cyclists and pedestrians approaching the intersections"
The sections on pedestrians and cyclists have been merged into on on vulnerable road users. The part about cyclists contains some subtle changes.
- Ride Right: "Cyclists are required to ride close to the curb" replaced "Cyclists are required to ride as close as practicable to the curb"
- Rights: "A bicycle that is being ridden is a vehicle. A cyclist must follow the rules of the road like drivers of other vehicles.
· A cyclist seated on a bicycle at an intersection, waiting for a traffic control signal, has the same rights and responsibilities as any other vehicle waiting to proceed.
· Cyclists are required to use the proper lane when turning left. A bicycle and rider are smaller than other vehicles, are less visible, and more exposed to traffic on left turns. Cyclists need extra consideration when turning left, especially on multi-lane roads. "
"A cyclist riding their bicycle is considered by law to be a vehicle. When a cyclist has stopped and remains astride their bicycle at an intersection waiting for a traffic control signal, they are to be treated as a vehicle waiting for their turn to proceed."
- Passing: "When passing a cyclist, change lanes like you would for other vehicles. " replaced "When passing a cyclist, go around them like you would any other vehicle. Leave lots of room."
- Horn: Deleted: "Do not sound your horn unnecessarily when you are overtaking a cyclist. It may frighten them and cause them to lose control. If you feel that you must use your horn, tap it quickly and lightly while you are still some distance away from the cyclist."
And added exhortation to hug the curb: "Cyclists using the streets and highways should do the following: • Ride close to the curb."