Cycling Laws and Safety

Cycling Safety and Laws

Cycling Safety

Bicycles are recognized as vehicles under the Highway Traffic Act. All traffic regulations that apply to motorists also apply to cyclists.

  • Be careful at intersections, watch for drivers turning
  • Signal your turn
  • Use lights ½ hour before sunset and ½ hr after sunrise
  • Wear your helmet

In the Province of Ontario, all bicycles are considered vehicles and need to adhere to the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario.

This site is not intended to speak on all aspects of bicycle laws, but it does include laws under the HTA and City of Hamiton By-Laws.

Fore information check out the Highway Traffic Act

Cycling Laws in Hamilton

The Law
Fine

Improper bicycle lighting
        Bicycles require one white or amber light to the front, and a red light to the rear.         Reflective tape on both the front and rear forks is also required.

$25.00
Cyclist fail to keep to right (By-Law)
$65.00
Fail to carry package on bicycle in a safe manner
$65.00
Fail to maintain control of bicycle (By-Law)
$65.00
Fail to stop on bicycle path of on combined foot and bicycle path at intersecting roadway, sidewalk or route. (By-Law)
$65.00
Fail to sound audible warning when passing on bicycle path or combined foot and bicycle path (By-Law)
$65.00
Fail to use bicycle path (By-Law)
$65.00
Fail to wear proper helmet
        over 18 years of age are exempt
$65.00
Pass on bicycle path or combined foot and bicycle path not in safety (By-Law)
$65.00
Pedestrian use bicycle path or bicycle lane where sidewalk exists (By-Law)
$65.00
Ride bicycle or similar device on sidewalk (By-Law)
$65.00
Fail to keep to right on bicycle bath or on combined foot and bicycle path (By-Law)
$65.00
Obstruct traffic with parked bicycle (By-Law)
$65.00
Ride of push bicycle abreast of another bicycle (By-Law)
$65.00
Bicycle being operated attached to a vehicle
$90.00
Cyclist - fail to identify self to police officer
$90.00
Cyclist - fail to stop
$90.00
Cyclist - ride in or along crosswalk
$90.00
Disobey stop sign - fail to stop
$90.00
Drive wrong way
$90.00
Fail to signal for turn, or use improper arm signal
$90.00
Fail to yield to pedestrian
$90.00
Fail to yield - yield sign
$90.00
Improper brakes on bicycle
$90.00
No horn or defective on bicycle
$90.00
Ride two on a bicycle
$90.00
Red light fail to stop or proceed before green
$155.00
Speeding
Fine set by km/h over posted speed