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Cyclists, motorists urged to share road, learn rules

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The Rainy River District OPP wishes to remind motorists that cycling is a fun and healthy activity, and it's a low-cost way to get around.

It's also good for the environment.

Before heading out on a bike, however, ensure you learn the rules of the road, helmet information, and safety tips for cyclists of all ages.

As a cyclist, you must share the road with other vehicles (e.g., cars, buses, trucks, and motorcycles).

Under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, a bicycle is a vehicle, just like a car or truck.

Visit the Ontario Ministry of Transportation website to view the Ontario Guide to Safe Cycling for more information.

As it is for cyclists, it's equally important for drivers of motor vehicles to ensure they share the roadway.

Under the HTA, drivers must leave a minimum of one-metre distance when passing a cyclist.

Do not follow too closely behind cyclists. They do not have brake lights to warn you when they are slowing or stopping.

To avoid collisions with bicyclists at intersections, remember the following:

  • when turning right, signal and check your mirrors and the blind spot to your right to make sure you do not cut off a cyclist;
  • when turning left, you must stop and wait for oncoming bicycles to pass before turning; and
  • when driving through an intersection, be careful to scan for cyclists waiting to turn left.

Under the HTA, cyclists, motorists, and pedestrians have equal rights and access to our roadways.

All users have to share the road—and share the respect.

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