Cycling Laws and Rules in Canada
Bicycling may be a very popular and widely practiced sport in Canada, but that does not necessarily mean that the rest of the public will always give the right-of-way to cyclists.
British Columbia (I-Newswire) January 31, 2013 - Bicycling may be a very popular and widely practiced sport in Canada, but that does not necessarily mean that the rest of the public will always give the right-of-way to cyclists. However, sometimes, cyclists do have priority. For example, organized tours may sometimes be granted permission to use up an entire lane of the highway, especially if there are hundreds of participants involved. During these events, motorists have no choice but to give priority to the cyclists.
There are also rules and regulations that cyclists in Canada, be they locals or foreigners, must follow for their own safety's sake. Cycling may seem like a carefree outdoor activity, but the moment a cyclist enters a highway riding alongside bigger and more powerful vehicles, the situation becomes more complicated.
It is an unspoken rule that cyclists must take the responsibility to make sure they are financially covered in the event that a mishap occurs while they are riding on highways. Foreign visitors who are coming to Canada with the intent of joining an event or including cycling in their itinerary should also insure that they are adequately covered by their Super Visa insurance or another type of medical and hospital insurance before arriving in the country. Insurance policies may not protect cyclists from physical injuries, but at least they will not have to worry about their hospital bills if they do have an accident.
Each province in Canada also has specific laws and associated penalties regarding cyclists. These laws are not uniform across the country, and vary from province to province, and also sometimes from city to city.
There are provinces in the country that have made helmets mandatory for cyclists, for example, while there are also cities like Saskatoon in Saskatchewan that have taken the opposite approach by overriding provincial mandatory helmets laws (this is due to the large decline in the cycling population following the implementation of helmet laws, an outcome that has been observed in other cities as well).
There are several laws that are uniformly implemented everywhere you go in Canada though:
1.Cyclists must stay on the farthest right shoulder of the road. If there is no space along the shoulder of the highway, they should cycle on the right side of the road. They are not allowed to travel along the left-hand side of the highway.
2.When cycling in a group, everyone should cycle in a single file.
3.Cyclists are not allowed to ride along sidewalks. These are for pedestrians only. However, cyclists can push their bikes along sidewalks.
4.If there are specially-designated lanes for cyclists in the area where you are traveling, stay on them.
5.Cyclists are also expected to be aware of and follow specific laws set by each city and province where they are cycling.
6.Bicycles that are still on the road at night are required to have a horn, side and rear reflectors, front white lights, and a rear read light.
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Published On:January 31, 2013
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