The Ontario Highway Traffic Act considers bicycles to be vehicles. That means cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists. In June 2015, changes were made to the Ontario Highway Traffic Act that affect how drivers and cyclists must share the road safely.
By law, the changes require proper lights/reflectors on bicycles, and drivers must leave a one-metre distance when passing a cyclist. Also, fines and penalties for “dooring” convictions have increased to a minimum of $300 and three demerit points. “Dooring” is opening a vehicle door directly in the path of an oncoming cyclist.
For more details about the new laws and penalties, visit the CAA Heads Up! website.