Posted by Michael McGoldrick, Wed Jun 3 2015 at 9:07 am
Something for cyclists in new Ontario road legislation
Ontario has just passed Bill 31, and Act to amend the Highway Traffic Act and other laws about road use in the province.
It has a good number of provisions which affect cyclists. This includes a provision that will require drivers to give cyclists one-metre clearance when passing. It will also make it legal for cyclists to ride on the paved shoulder of unrestricted highways and to use a flashing red lights on their bicycles.
On the other hand, the legislation increases the fine for cycling without adequate bicycle lights and reflective material from $20 to as much as $500. (Bicycles must have lights a half hour before sunset to a half hour after sunrise or at other times when there is reduced visibility.)
Moreover, the legislation will finally introduce some serious fines for dooring a cyclists (3 demerit points and up to a $1000 fine).