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Riding your bicycle seems like a healthy, environmentally friendly way to get around in the summer- and this summer in Toronto, it may seem like an appealing option with the Pan Am Games. However, it is important to be an informed and aware cyclist before you set out on your ride, especially if you plan on riding on busy city streets.
Over the next few weeks, we will be providing information and tips about the law for riding your bicycle safely and legally in Ontario. Although riding a bicycle may seem like an easy task, there is actually a lot to know!
First things first, as a cyclist, you should be aware that when you ride on Ontario roads, you are subject to, and can be charged for offences under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA). The HTA defines a bicycle as a “vehicle” that belongs on the road (and not the sidewalk).
You may know that wearing a helmet is mandatory for anyone under the age of 18. It is strongly recommended for cyclists of all ages. A cyclist can be seriously or fatally injured as a result of an accident. Every year in Toronto, an average of 1,271 cyclists are injured as a result of collisions with motor vehicles according to Toronto Police. The faster a vehicle is driving, the higher the change that a collision will result in death.
In terms of what’s been going on in the news, the city of Toronto is calling for a city-wide grid of protected bicycle lanes after recent cyclist deaths. This is part of what’s known as the Toronto Cycling Network Plan which is a plan to improve the safety of Toronto streets and hopes to eliminate traffic incidents.
In early June 2015, Ontario passed the Making Ontario Roads Safer Act, which includes provisions to help ensure the safety of pedestrians and cyclists. According to a news release from the Government of Ontario, such measures include (source: http://news.ontario.ca/mto/en/2015/06/enhancing-road-safety-in-ontario.html):
Riding a bicycle involves riding responsibly.
As a cyclist, you can be seriously injured if you are involved in an accident with a motor vehicle. If you have been injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident, you can contact the lawyers at Aaron Waxman & Associates for a free initial consultation to find out what your rights are as an injured person.
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