After reading Rob’s post on one of the more specific aspects of cycling law (passing on the right hand side of cars stopped at stop light), I got to reading some specific excerpts of the Highway Traffic Act and came to realize that there are many items in there I had no idea I should be following (or could do). So, did you know these?
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
I had no idea I could legally signal a turn with my right arm to turn right. I always figured I had to use my left and do the upturned arm thing.
Here’s one we all think we know for cars, but did you know:
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
I never even think about this, yet I know I pass a school bus now and then on the opposite side of the road. If I duck up onto the sidewalk, does that make it legal to then pass? Just thinking out loud.
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
How many of us have reflective tape? I don’t, not on my front anyway. For less than $20 you can buy it, so it might be worth the trouble to save some money from the fine!
Here is the actual excerpt
“When on a highway at any time from one-half hour before sunset to one-half hour after sunrise and at any other time when, due to insufficient light or unfavourable atmospheric conditions, persons and vehicles on the highway are not clearly discernible at a distance of 150 metres or less, every motor-assisted bicycle and bicycle (other than a unicycle) shall carry a lighted lamp displaying a white or amber light on its front and a lighted lamp displaying a red light or a reflector approved by the Ministry on its rear, and in addition white reflective material shall be placed on its front forks, and red reflective material covering a surface of not less than 250 millimetres in length and 25 millimetres in width shall be place on its rear. 2009, c. 5, s. 28 (1).”
Darn unicycles get away with everything!I also didn’t know the last part and frankly don’t understand it…
HTA104 – “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
Why can parents knowingly permit cyclists between 16 and 17 to not wear a helmet? Why not just make it mandatory to a certain age without providing a grey area?
HTA 147 – “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.” I never knew that it was the law that I had to stay far enough away from the curb, etc to be safe. According to most drivers, I am already in the way for being on the road, but taking up a space that the law provides for me, well now, I can’t wait to use this one! AND Bicycles overtaken: “Every person on a bicycle or motor assisted bicycle who is overtaken by a vehicle or equestrian travelling at a greater speed shall turn out to the right and allow the vehicle or equestrian to pass and the vehicle or equestrian overtaking shall turn out to the left so far as may be necessary to avoid a collision. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 148 (6).”
Did you know you had to turn to the right to allow space for the car?
Every person in charge of a vehicle on a highway meeting a person travelling on a bicycle shall allow the cyclist sufficient room on the roadway to pass. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 148 (4).
Just quote that bad boy the next time someone comes close to you on the road! Any others I might be missing? Thoughts?