At long last! Warmer weather and sunny skies are finally here. Time to get your bicycle out! And with the approach of Easter, I’m sure many children will be getting new bikes, maybe even their first bike. Cycling is a fun, healthy activity for all ages but to keep you safe there are rules of the road:
Rules for cyclists:
- Must obey all traffic laws.
- Cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers.
- Your bike is meant for one person, so you cannot carry other passengers.
- Ride on the right edge of the road whenever possible.
- You can ride most roads except controlled access highways.
- You must walk your bike across a road within a pedestrian cross-over.
- Cyclists under the age of 18 must wear an approved helmet. The fine is $75 for not wearing a helmet.
- Cyclists must have proper lights, reflective materials, and reflectors on their bicycles. Improper bicycle lighting or improper lighting is $110.
For automobile drivers:
- Drivers are to share the road with cyclists with courtesy and safety.
- Be aware of recently increased penalties for “dooring,” the improper opening of a vehicle door which involves hitting a passing cyclist or another vehicle. There is a higher set fine of $365 plus three demerit points.
- Drivers must keep a one-metre (three feet) distance when passing cyclists with a fine of $110 for failing to do so.
- Avoid following too closely behind cyclists as they do not have brake lights for slowing or stopping.
- When turning right at an intersection, you need to signal and check mirrors and blind spots to your right to make sure you do not cut off a cyclist.
- When turning left at an intersection, you are to stop and wait for oncoming cyclists to pass through before turning.
If you are just becoming a cycling enthusiast, there are tons of resources out there to help with your cycling experience. Click on this link if you are looking for a cycling adventure or a great place to bike and this link to help you get up to speed on the cycling rules in Ontario and biking tips.