Cycling is a fun and healthy activity, it's a low-cost way to get around, and it's good for the environment. And when the weather is absolutely gorgeous outside this summer, it’s great fun for the whole family to get outside and enjoy the warm weather while remaining active.
Before you head out on a bike, learn the rules of the road, helmet information and safety tips for cyclists of all ages.
License and registration:
Bicycles do not require:
• licence plates
• vehicle insurance
• a driver's licence
Rules of the road:
• As a cyclist, you must share the road with others (e.g., cars, buses, trucks, motorcycles, etc.).
• Under Ontario's Highway Traffic Act (HTA), a bicycle is a vehicle, just like a car or truck.
• must obey all traffic laws
• have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers
• cannot carry passengers - if your bicycle is only meant for one person
Riding on the right:
• You must stay as close to the right edge of the road whenever possible, especially if you're slower than other traffic.
You can ride on most roads, except:
• controlled access highways, such as Ontario's 400-series highways
• across a road within a pedestrian cross-over - you must walk your bike to the other side
• Riders under 16 years old: By law, every cyclist under age 18 must wear an approved helmet. A parent or guardian must make sure their child wears a helmet.
• Adults: Helmets are not compulsory for adults over 18; but a helmet can greatly reduce the risk of permanent injury or death if you fall or collide. It is strongly recommended that all riders wear helmets.
Prepare yourself ahead of time this summer and ensure you understand all of the rules associated with cycling so your entire family can have a great time and stay safe!
If you or a family member are injured in a bicycle accident, get the support you need immediately.