June is Bike Month – remember to share the road

June 3rd was World Bicycle Day and the month of June continues as Bike Month.

Local police and Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) want to remind drivers of the laws related to cycling under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA).

Roads are for the enjoyment and transportation of everyone, including cyclists. Under the HTA, a bicycle is a vehicle and cyclists are expected to follow the rules of the road.

Here are some tips to help protect cyclists:

Vehicle drivers

· Maintain at minimum a one metre distance when passing a cyclist.
· Watch for passing cyclists when opening door into traffic.
· Slow down when overtaking a cyclist on a road.

Cyclists

· Check for vehicles and cyclists with the right-of-way before entering the intersection.
· Keep your place in the line of traffic when approaching an intersection.
· Ride in a single file and to the right side of the road to help vehicles make a safe pass.
· Stop at stop signs when approaching an intersection and yield the right-of-way to traffic.

OPP report that, as of June 1st, there have been 34 collisions involving a bicycle and two  deaths in OPP’s jurisdiction.

Rules such as stopping at stop signs or lights also apply to cyclists.

Failing to keep right when driving at less than normal speed also carries a $150 fine.

For more tips on bicycle safety, visit:

http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/bicycle-safety.shtml