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GETTING LEGAL: Drinking and Riding – a bad idea, but is it illegal?

We were all taught from an early age to never drink and drive. But is it illegal to drink and ride a bicycle? The answer is actually not as straightforward for bicycles as it is for cars. Impaired operation of a motor vehicle is regulated under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act and the Criminal Code of Canada. There is a licencing system which teaches drivers who to drive and that drinking and driving is prohibited.  Police are empowered to conduct random spot checks looking for drunk drivers and can charge [...]

GETTING LEGAL: Brain Injury Awareness and Bike Safety

On our crowded Toronto streets, bicyclists inevitably face a higher risk of being involved in an accident compared to an occupant of a motor vehicle. Add to this increased risk the reality that the object into which the bicyclist impacts is either a 3,000lbs vehicle or unforgiving pavement and the results can be severe and devastating injuries.  While proper bike safety is always important all year around, its importance is especially highlighted in June during Brain Injury Awareness month in Ontario. According to the Ontario Brain Injury Association, brain injuries are the [...]

A Refresher on the Rules of the Road

As the days grow warmer and people start riding bicycles more regularly, it is important to refresh our memories on the rules for cyclists travelling on the road. At a minimum, adhering to the rules will help increase the safety of all cyclists. Accidents between cyclists and motor vehicles typically result in serious injuries, especially brain injuries, and are therefore more likely to result in law suits. In such cases, some fault may be attributed to the cyclist if he or she failed to follow the rules of the road, [...]