Bicycles are vehicles under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, with the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicles. Drivers and cyclists must understand their responsibilities and work together to keep roads safe.
Safety tips for Cyclists
– All cyclists under 18 years-of-age must wear a helmet, by law. To provide maximum protection, the helmet should fit level and square on your head. It should fit snugly and not slip when you move your head.
– Wear bright coloured or reflective clothing. This helps you be seen by other vehicles.
– Your bike should have A white front light and a red rear light or reflector if you ride between 1/2 hour before sunset and 1/2 hour after sunrise.
– Cyclists should yield to pedestrians the same way cars do.
– Walk your bike (do not ride) across pedestrian crosswalks.
– Always ride in the same direction as traffic.
– Avoid wearing earphones, texting and talking on the phone while riding your bike.
– Use your bell, horn, hand signals or voice to communicate that you are passing, approaching or are close to another cyclist.
– Always ride sober.
Safety tips for Drivers
– Do not pass a cyclist until you can see that you can safely do so. You should allow ample space (minimum one metre) between your vehicle and the bicycle. Passing too closely can mean the drag from your car can pull a cyclist off course and cause the rider to swerve out of control.
– Be aware that a cyclist may ride in any part of the lane if their safety warrants it.
– Ensure you are not cutting off a cyclist when you are turning right.
– Watch for approaching cyclists when you are making a left turn.
– Before opening your car door, check your rearview mirror and look over your shoulder to ensure there are no cyclists behind you.