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OPP offer bicycle safety tips
The Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to take the time to remind members of the public about the importance of bicycle safety.
With spring approaching and warmer temperatures outside, we are seeing more bicycle traffic on the local roadways. It is important that all motorists take this into consideration while operating motor vehicles.
The following are some reminders of the legal requirements when riding a bicycle, which is considered a vehicle under Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act.
Cyclists are reminded that wearing an approved bicycle helmets is mandatory for persons under the age of 18 years.
By law your bicycle must have a white front light and a red rear light or reflector when you ride between one-half hour before sunset and one-half hour after sunrise. As well, the law requires white reflective strips on the front forks and red reflective strips on the rear stays.
Bicycles are very quiet vehicles, so it is important to warn other cyclists and pedestrians of your approach. By law, all bikes must have a working bell or horn to announce your approach.
If you have any questions regarding the proper use of safety equipment for a cyclist or the requirements of the Highway Traffic Act, please feel free to contact your local OPP Detachment or visit the OPP online at www.opp.ca. Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation (MTO) also has information regarding safe bicycle operation at http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/pubs/cycling-guide/index.shtml