Ontario Cycling Laws

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 htaconcerning cyclists.hta144/136 - Traffic signals and signs

stop for red lights and stop signs and comply with all other signs.Set fine: $85.00

hta153 - One-ways streets

ride in the designated direction on one-way streets.Set fine: $85.00

hta147 - 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. Set fine: $85.00

hta142 - 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

hta140(1) 144(29) - Crosswalks

yield or stop for pedestrians at crosswalks. Set fine: $85.00

hta140(6)/144(29) - No riding in crosswalks

walk your bike when crossing at a crosswalk. Set fine: $85.00

hta166 - Streetcars

stop two metres behind streetcar doors and wait until passengers have boarded or departed and reached the curb.Set fine: $85.00

hta175 (12) - Stopped school buses

stop for stopped school buses when the upper alternating red lights are flashing. Set fine: $400.00

hta62(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

hta75 (5) - Bell

a bike must have a bell or horn in good working order.Set fine: $85.00

hta64(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

hta218 - 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

htareg.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

hta178(2) - Passengers

Passengers are not allowed on a bicycle designed for one person.Set fine: $85.00

hta178(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

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

hta179 - 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.