Did you know that in Ontario, the Highway Traffic act grants cyclists the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of motor vehicles? However, there are some special rules that apply specifically to cyclists.

Rules of the Road
Cyclists are required to ride as close as practicable to the right curb of the roadway, except when:

  • Travelling at the normal speed of traffic
  • Avoiding hazardous conditions
  • The roadway is to narrow for a bicycle and a motor vehicle to travel safely side by side
  • Riding alongside another cyclist in a manner that does not impede the normal movement of traffic
  • Preparing to make a left turn, passing another vehicle, or using a one-way street (in which case riding alongside the left curb is permitted)

Bicycles are not permitted on sidewalks within the Region of Ottawa-Carleton.

Helmets
Bicycle helmets must be worn by all cyclists who are under the age of 18.

Find out more about bicycle laws in Ottawa at http://www.ottawakiosk.com/bike_laws.html