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Toronto Police start Bicycle and Pedestrian Campaign

Toronto Police used to do this once a year, but with more cyclists on the road these days, they are doing this multiple times per year:

Between Monday, August 23, 2010 and Wednesday, August 25, 2010, 54 and 55 Divisions will be joining together and enforcing bicycle and pedestrian rules of the road.

To date, eight of the 12 pedestrian deaths in Toronto have involved crossing the street mid−block. There has also been a noticeable increase in bicycle collisions involving motor vehicles.

Cyclists must obey traffic laws and ensure the required bicycle equipment is in proper working order. Drivers must check blind spots prior to turning and to be alert when opening a car door into the path of traffic.

From Toronto Police Service Press Release (PDF)

I’ve been stopped during one of these campaigns, and as long as you are a safe cyclist with the proper equipment (bell, lights, etc) you don’t have anything to worry about.


  • I still can’t find the law that requires lights during the day, but apparently you can get tickets for this in Toronto? Is it a Bylaw in the city?

  • That’s a little hazy… you’re supposed to have them on if it’s within 30 minutes before sunset or 30 minutes after sunrise OR in “inclement weather”, according to Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act.

    What “inclement weather” includes probably changes depending on who you ask.

  • http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/statutes/english/elaws_statutes_90h08_e.htm#s62s17
    (17) When on a highway at any time from one-half hour before sunset to one-half hour after sunrise and at any other time when, due to insufficient light or unfavourable atmospheric conditions, persons and vehicles on the highway are not clearly discernible at a distance of 150 metres or less, every motor-assisted bicycle and bicycle (other than a unicycle) shall carry a lighted lamp displaying a white or amber light on its front and a lighted lamp displaying a red light or a reflector approved by the Ministry on its rear, and in addition white reflective material shall be placed on its front forks, and red reflective material covering a surface of not less than 250 millimetres in length and 25 millimetres in width shall be place on its rear. 2009, c. 5, s. 28 (1).

  • East Yorker

    Reflective tape? Haven’t had that stuff on my bike for years since I was a kid.
    Ironically, I got it from the police for my first real bike, and one strip had a registration number.

    So why doesn’t the city, police, or one of the cycling groups sell these? For a few bucks, in one fell swoop, we get our bikes registered with the police, a license number, and bring our bikes in line with some of the nitpicky elements of the HTA? Any profits could be directed towards bike infrastructure, driver education, or lobbying for the 3 foot rule.

  • I’ve seen that section in the MTO.
    I’ve heard the following two things:
    A. There is an MTO bylaw that overwrites that.
    B. There is an UPDATED MTO law that updates this.

  • Here ya go:
    http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/navigation?file=browseStatutes&reset=yes&menu=browse&lang=en

    From that page ya can search all Ontario Statutes and Regulations (provinces don’t have “by-laws”…)
    Just type the word “bicycle” into the search field and hit the Go button… Right now it reports “Your search for bicycle found 298 hits in 69 documents.” Most of the docs found are enabling Conservation Authorities so you can skip those. There’re really only a handful of possibilities.

    Have fun!


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