Update: see previous posts – September 16, 2011 Casual cyclists feel much safer on sidewalks, rather then the Road, September 7, 2011 Opening of Doors of Motor Vehicles, September 5, 2011 Bike Trails Through Two Hydro Corridors and Leaside Rail Corridor, August 11, 2011 Bicycle Safety Called for by Ontario Medical Association, August 9, 2011 Police/T.T.C Target Drivers/Pedestrians/Cyclists at T.T.C Stops from Aug.8 – 14, 2011, August 5, 2011 Results of Bicycle/Pedestrian Blitz on August 3 & 4, 2011, August 2, 2011 – Bicycle/Driver/Pedestrian Blitz on Danforth Ave from Victoria Park to Broadview Ave on August 3 & 4/11, July 30, 2011 Pedestrian Injured by Cyclist Calls for Regulated Cycling in Toronto, July 28, 2011 Bicycle Helmets Lead to Fewer Head Injuries for Cyclist’s Who Wear Them, July 17, 2011 Cyclists Ignore the Signs at Kew Gardens, July 13, 2011 Toronto Bicycle Lanes Eliminated, July 9, 2011 Cyclists Continue Riding the Wrong Way on a One-Way Street (Huron Street), July 8, 2011 Toronto Police to Ticket Cyclists and Motor Vehicles Ignoring Cyclist’s Space, July 7, 2011 Careless Driving Causing Death?, May 4, 2011 Police Charge Parent of Young Cyclist Not Wearing His Bicycle Helmet, May 2, 2011 Cyclist on Powered-Assisted Bicycle Charged with Not Wearing a Helmet and Impaired Driving, March 9, 2011 Cyclist Launches 20 Million Lawsuit against Cycling Club & Association, January 27, 2011 Time to Update the Cycling Laws in Toronto & Ontario?, January 8, 2011 Toronto is Ready to Invest in the Safety of Cyclists,December 22, 2010 Toronto’s First Count of Downtown Cyclists (Sept. 2010) , November 8, 2010 Week Long Pedestrian Safety Campaign/Blitz, October 10, 2010 Bike Boxes , September 16, 2010 Private Member’s Bill requires a minimum of one metre paved shoulder be added whenever designated provincial highways are repaved to reduce accidents/fatalities , August 26, 2010 Police Lay 400 Charges Against Cyclists/Pedestrians , May 19, 2010 Motorists Must Stay 3,4 or 5 Feet Away from Bicyclists , March 29, 2010 Toronto’s Zero-Tolerance Bicycle Blitz , November 16, 2009 Most Dangerous Intersections for Pedestrians – Toronto (2008) , October 12, 2009 Idaho Stop Law , September 7, 2009 Toronto Police Bicycle Safety Blitz , March 21, 2009, Bicycle Accidents Toronto, Reported in 2008 , December 20, 2008 City of Toronto Considering Installing “Rumble Strips”
On Tuesday, September 27, 2011, at 7 a.m., 54 and 55 Divisions, with Mounted Unit officers, patrolled Danforth Avenue, enforcing all bicycle and pedestrian rules of the road. The blitz that started in the dark at 7 a.m., ended at midnight.
Between 7 – 7:30 a.m. while the street was still dark, police patrolling the area, issued eleven (11) tickets to cyclist’s whose bicycle’s did not possess a mandatory front light (a bike must 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 and white reflective tape on the front forks and red reflective tape on rear forks – Lights and reflectors on bicycles s.62 (17) – $20.00 fine). Another mandatory piece of equipment that must be affixed to the bicycle is the horn/bell (No horn – bicycle – s.75(5) – $85.00 fine) and several cyclist’s that did not have this safety equipment on their bicycle were ticketed.
Officers issued 126 Highway Traffic Act offences to cyclists and 15 jaywalking offences to pedestrians.
The Toronto Police Service is reminding cyclists to obey all rules of the road and ensure all bicycle equipment is in good working order. Pedestrians must obey all traffic rules, make use of pedestrian crossings, not cross streets mid–block, maintain eye contact with drivers, and ensure traffic is stopped prior to entering the roadway.
Please keep in mind that it is getting darker earlier. Be certain that your lighting equipment is on and wear lighter−coloured/reflective clothing to be seen.
Cycling and The Law
A bicycle is a vehicle under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act (HTA). This means that, as a bicyclist, you have the same rights and responsibilities to obey all traffic laws as other road users. Cyclists charged for disobeying traffic laws will be subject to a minimum set fine and a Victim Surcharge fine of $20.00 for most offences (please note set fines below are subject to change).
The following are key sections of the HTA concerning cyclists.
- HTA 144/136 – Traffic signals and signs
- stop for red lights and stop signs and comply with all other signs. Set fine: $85.00
- HTA 153 – One-ways streets
- ride in the designated direction on one-way streets. Set fine: $85.00
- HTA 147 – Slow moving traffic travel on right side
- any vehicle moving slower than the normal traffic speed should drive in the right-hand lane, or as close as practicable to the right edge of the road except when preparing to turn left or when passing another vehicle. For cyclists, you must ride far enough out from the curb to maintain a straight line, clear of sewer grates, debris, potholes, and parked car doors. You may occupy any part of a lane when your safety warrants it. Never compromise your safety for the convenience of a motorist behind you. Set fine: $85.00
- HTA 142 – Signalling a turn
- before turning, look behind you and signal your turn. Cyclists can use their right arm to signal a right turn. Set fine: $85.00
- HTA 140(1) 144(29) – Crosswalks
- yield or stop for pedestrians at crosswalks. Set fine: $85.00
- HTA 140(6)/144(29) – No riding in crosswalks
- walk your bike when crossing at a crosswalk. Set fine: $85.00
- HTA 166 – Streetcars
- stop two metres behind streetcar doors and wait until passengers have boarded or departed and reached the curb. Set fine: $85.00
- HTA 175 (12) – Stopped school buses
- stop for stopped school buses when the upper alternating red lights are flashing and the stop arm is out. Set fine: $400.00
- HTA 62(17) – Lights
- a bike must 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 and white reflective tape on the front forks and red reflective tape on rear forks. Set fine: $20.00
- HTA 75 (5) – Bell
- a bike must have a bell or horn in good working order. Set fine: $85.00
- HTA 64(3) – Brakes
- a bike must have at least one brake system on the rear wheel. When you put on the brakes, you should be able to skid on dry, level pavement. Set fine: $85.00
- HTA 218 – Identification
- Cyclists must stop and identify themselves when required to stop by police for breaking traffic laws. The police officer will ask you for your correct name and address. Set fine: $85.00
- HTA Reg. 630 – Expressways
- Bicycles are prohibited on expressway / freeway highways such as the 400 series, the QEW, Ottawa Queensway and on roads where “No Bicycle” signs are posted. Set fine: $85.00
- HTA 178(2) – Passengers
- Passengers are not allowed on a bicycle designed for one person. Set fine: $85.00
- HTA 178(1) – Attaching to a vehicle
- You are not permitted to attach yourself to the outside of another vehicle or streetcar for the purpose of “hitching a ride.” Set fine: $85.00
- HTA 104 – Helmets
- Every cyclist under the age of eighteen must wear an approved bicycle helmet. Parents or guardians shall not knowingly permit cyclists under sixteen to ride without a helmet. Set fine: $60.00
- HTA 179 – Dismounted bicyclist
- Cyclists are required to ride on the right-hand side of the road. If you are walking your bike on a highway where there are no sidewalks, you are considered a pedestrian and you should walk on the left-hand side of the road facing traffic. If it is not safe for you to cross the road to face traffic, you may walk your bike on the right-hand side of the road. Set fine: $35.00.
The following are not considered bicycles and are subject to different rules for use:
- Limited-speed motorcycles
- Motor-assisted bicycles (mopeds)
- Low-speed vehicles
- Electric and motorized scooters (go-peds)
- Pocket bikes
- Segway Human/Personal Transporters
For more information on the rules of use for these types of vehicles, please visit www.mto.gov.on.ca.