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- Share the Road
Share the Road
The importance of sharing the road cannot be overstated. When driving, take extra care when passing cyclists, be sure to leave a minimum length of one metre. Not only is it best practice but it is also the law. By maintaining the necessary gap you are doing your part in reducing the number of bicycle related collisions or crashes. Sharing the Road applies both to motorists and cyclists. It is necessary for both the driver and cyclist to follow the rules of the road. Under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act (HTA), a bicycle is a vehicle and should follow the same laws as a motor vehicle. When both cyclists and motorists drive with care it is easy to Share the Road!
Share the Road is a public initiative that took affect in 2014 and is designed to help motorists and cyclists be aware of the responsibilities when it comes to sharing the road with cyclists as outlined in Bill 173 of the Highway Traffic Amendment Act.
Don't Risk it! Stay back one metre (or 3 feet)
The penalty for not leaving a minimum one-metre passing distance is a set fine of $85.00 plus a $5 court fee plus a $20 victim surcharge fine for a total payable of $110.00.
Bill 173, Highway Traffic Amendment Act (Keeping Ontario's Roads Safe), 2014
Policy is in place- Bill 173, Section 33 – 6.1 “33. Section 148 of the Act is amended by adding the following subsections:
(6.1) Every person in charge of a motor vehicle on a highway who is overtaking a person travelling on a bicycle shall, as nearly as may be practicable, leave a distance of not less than one metre between the bicycle and the motor vehicle and shall maintain that distance until safely past the bicycle.
(6.2) The one metre distance required by subsection (6.1) refers to the distance between the extreme right side of the motor vehicle and the extreme left side of the bicycle, including all projections and attachments
Date of Creation: June 1, 2018
Last Modified: June 21, 2018