The rules of the Toronto bike lane are, let’s face it, unclear. Judging from a recent helmet cam video circulated on YouTube, most cyclists don’t know which vehicles are legally allowed to be stopped or parked in the bike lane. Contrary to popular belief, even dedicated bike lanes aren’t off-limits to all motorized vehicles.
The lack of clearly posted rules is coupled with a dearth of visible enforcement–fines range from $60 to $150 for most bike lane infractions, but the biggest scofflaws–delivery van drivers and moving companies, judging from angry tweets–seem able to dodge enforcement officers with relative ease, increasing the sense of frustration from cyclists.
Coming straight from the City of Toronto bylaw, here are the rules of the Toronto bike lane. Note that the rules differ slightly for painted and separated bike lanes, like on Sherbourne and Wellesley.
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