Under Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act (HTA), a bicycle is considered a vehicle, just like a car or truck.
As a cyclist, you:
Cyclists must obey bicycle traffic signals where they are installed and regular traffic signals otherwise. If both bicycle traffic signal and regular traffic signal apply to the same lane, cyclists must obey the bicycle signal.
When passing a cyclist, drivers must maintain a minimum distance of one metre between their vehicle and the cyclist, where it is practical to do so. Cyclists are not required to leave a one-metre space, however, must still obey all the rules of the road. If you are being overtaken by a driver when riding, turn out to the right to allow the vehicle to pass.
Bicycles have the same rights and responsibilities on public roadways as motorists. Cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles. When you as a cyclist fail to obey the rules of the road, you lose the support of motorists. Do your part by being a good ambassador for cycling.
Cyclists are more vulnerable road users than motorists. They are smaller, quieter and have no “crumple zone”. A small mistake by a motorist can result in serious injury or death to a cyclist. Motorists must respect the rights of other road users, including cyclists.
Pass with Care: