Perfecting ‘The Hop’ and Sidesaddle Cycling

The law in Ontario is a little iffy on this… or not.

Bicycle passengers

(2) No person riding on a bicycle designed for carrying one person only shall carry any other person thereon. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 178 (2).

So then, you can only have two people on a bicycle that is intended for two passengers. Does that only mean tandems or bicycles with child seats? One of my bikes has a large rear rack that can comfortably seat an adult, but does it have to be plastic with a seat belt to be considered a seat? If the passenger is an adult must my bicycle accommodate them with pedals and a saddle?

Either way, turns out Cathryn and I need to practice “the hop” on our shared rides on my bicycle. We’re pretty good at starting from a standstill, but this will seriously up our game.

Via Amsterdamize

About duncan

Duncan rides bicycles in the city of Toronto and contributes to the main blog of BikingToronto as well as writing and taking photos for his blog Duncan's City Ride.


  1. Riding on a rear rack is definitely illegal. We confirmed this with Sgt. Burrows a while back. I’ve seen several people get ticketed recently for this (especially since the police started targeting cyclists a couple months back).

    Though I still do it as often as I can when friends need a lift because it’s a stupid law, and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be able to do it. Haven’t been ticketed yet, but I’d be happy to fight the ticket if I do end up getting one…

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