Cycling is becoming a popular way to commute on Ontario’s roads. With more people cycling, including many of our Members, it’s important that there are laws in place to protect their safety. Both cyclists and drivers need to be aware of potential dangers and share the road in a safe manner.
The Making Ontario’s Roads Safer Act includes new legislation for cycling safety, which encompasses increased fines and demerit points for safety infractions.
The following new cycling laws help keep both drivers and cyclists safe on the roads:
This law requires drivers of motor vehicles to keep a minimum distance of one metre (where possible) when passing cyclists. For non-compliance, there is a fine of $110.
There are increased penalties for unsafe practices when opening the door of a motor vehicle. “Dooring” refers to someone who opens a parked motor vehicle door into the path of a cyclist or other traffic. This practice could result in injuries.
Under the new law, the penalties associated with these “dooring” infractions have risen. Effective September 1, 2015, the minimum fine for a "dooring" infraction is $365, and upon conviction 3 demerit points.
Decals for vehicle’s side mirrors are available through CAA’s Watch for Bikes program. The “Watch for Bikes” decal is a visual reminder to check for cyclists before opening doors, making turns or changing lanes. To learn more, visit your local CAA Store.
Cyclists are allowed to ride on the paved shoulders of highways that aren’t controlled-access.
There are increased fines for cyclists who don’t comply with light, reflector and reflective-material requirements.
For these and other safe cycling tips, visit Bike Safety.