Bicycles are Considered Vehicles Under The Highway Traffic Act

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FROM/DE: South Bruce Detachment                               DATE: June 26, 2020




(SOUTHERN BRUCE COUNTY, ON) - The South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) want you to know that bicycles are considered vehicles under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) of Ontario. This means that a bicycle rider must obey all the traffic laws, just as the driver of a car or truck would.


Here are some examples of laws that pertain to bicycles:


Ø Riders under 18 years of age MUST wear an approved helmet

Ø Riders must come to a complete stop at controlled intersections

Ø Lane changes, turns and signals must be indicated with hand signals

Ø Lights and reflectors are required when riding during hours of low light

Ø A sound signalling device is required (ex. Horn or bell)

Ø A braking system is required


Riding a bike can be a fun and healthy activity that allows you to get some fresh air and exercise. Please follow the rules, share the road and ride safely.


Anyone interested in more information on bicycle safety can visit the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) website at   


The South Bruce OPP is requesting anyone with information to call 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a secure web-tip at, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.


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Contact:      Constable Kevin Martin


Phone:         519-396-3341


Email :





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