Ontario recently passed a number of changes to the Highway Traffic Act through Bill 31, Transportation Statute Law Amendment Act (Making Ontario’s Roads Safer), 2015.
Cyclists will be affected by these changes including the provisions which:
- Require drivers to maintain a minimum distance of one-metre when passing cyclists
- Increase fines for “dooring” cyclists
- Allow cyclists to use the paved shoulders of non-400 series highways
- Allow the use of flashing red lights on the rear of bicycles
- Allow bike lanes on one-way streets to run in the opposite direction from regular traffic
- Remove the ban against riding bicycles in crosswalks controlled by traffic signals
Cyclists will still be required to equip their bike with a bell, gong, or horn.
More information about Bill 31 is available online.
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