DIRECTIONS

  • Helmet laws in Ontario require helmet use under 18 years old. Be sure to wear your helmet.

  • Bike-a-thon volunteers will be stationed throughout the route and will provide emergency back-up support should you need it.

  • Because of traffic congestion at Niagara Falls, parents or guardians are requested to assist the younger participants.

  • There are rest stops approximately every 10 km along the ride, with complimentary refreshments at each stop.

Rules of the road

As a cyclist, you must share the road with others (e.g., cars, buses, trucks, motorcycles, etc.). Under Ontario's Highway Traffic Act (HTA), a bicycle is a vehicle, just like a car or truck.

 

Cyclists...

  • must obey all traffic laws

  • have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers

  • cannot carry passengers if your bicycle is only meant for one person

 

Riding on the right

You must stay as close to the right edge of the road whenever possible, especially if you're slower than other traffic.

 

Where you can ride

You can ride on most roads, except:

  • controlled access highways, such as Ontario's 400-series highways

  • across a road within a pedestrian cross-over--you must walk your bike to the other side

 

Bike Helmets

Children and Youth

By law, every cyclist under age 18 must wear an approved helmet.

Parents, please ensure that your children are wearing proper helmets.

 

Adults

Helmets are not compulsory for adults over 18; but a helmet can greatly reduce the risk of permanent injury or death if you fall or collide. It is strongly recommended that all riders wear helmets.

 

Types of Helmets

The best helmets...

  • are made to meet strict safety standards

  • fit properly when worn correctly

 

For more information on bicycle safety visit

www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/bicycle-safety.shtml

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