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Same Roads – Same Rules – Same Rights

Share the Road is a public safety campaign to increase motorists’ and bicyclists’ awareness of shared
responsibility for road safety. The main features of this campaign are caution signs along County roads.
These signs are to act as a reminder for drivers to be aware of other road users – bicyclists and walkers
and to use caution when approaching them.

Bicycles are vehicles under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act and have a right to be on the road. As of September 1, 2015, drivers must give 1-metre of space when passing someone on a bicycle. Excerpt from Highway Traffic Act: (6.1) Every person in charge of a motor vehicle on a highway who is overtaking a person travelling on a bicycle shall, as nearly as may be practicable, leave a distance of not less than one metre between the bicycle and the motor vehicle and shall maintain that distance until safely past the bicycle. 2015, c. 14, s. 42. Same(6.2) The one metre distance required by subsection (6.1) refers to the distance between the extreme right side of the motor vehicle and the extreme left side of the bicycle, including all projections and attachments. 2015, c. 14, s. 42.

Motorist, bicyclists and walkers all have to follow the rules of the road.

Motorists:

  • Only pass when the road ahead is clear
  • Slow down and give one metre clearance when passing
  • Yield to bicyclists when turning
  • Don’t honk your horn at a bicyclist
  • Check for bicyclists before opening your car door
Bicyclists:

  • Obey ALL traffic laws, signs and signals
  • Always bike on the right with traffic
  • Signal all turns
  • Be visible: wear bright colours and use lights in low light conditions
  • Ride straight in a predictable manner
Walkers:

  • Walk facing traffic or use sidewalks where available
  • Wear bright clothing and reflectors
  • Make eye contact with drivers
  • Look all ways before crossing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share the Road initiatives are happening across Ontario, Canada and the United States.

Share the Road in Norfolk County.

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In Ontario, the Share the Road Cycling Coalition has a mission to make Ontario bicycle friendly for everyone by:

For more information on the Share the Road Cycling Coalition, visit www.sharetheroad.ca

 

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