The first day of summer is quickly approaching and with summer comes activities such as running, walking, and cycling outside. As you enjoy the warm weather, I would like to provide a gentle reminder to all residents to please be conscientious of the rules of the road.
Under the Highway Traffic Act, bicycles are considered vehicles and must obey the same rules and regulations when travelling to their end destinations. As such, coming to a complete stop at Stop signs/Red Lights and ensuring that both bicycle and rider are visible when travelling are vital rules of the road that cyclists must adhere to. Moreover, when faced with one of the City’s new pedestrian crossovers, cyclists face the same responsibilities as drivers and must stop until pedestrians are safely crossed. When a cyclist would like to utilize a pedestrian crossover, they must first dismount and walk their bike across for safety purposes.
Remember that cyclists should ride along the road whenever it is safe to do so. When riding along the sidewalk or a shared-used pathway, cyclists should yield to pedestrians and make full use of their bells to let pedestrians know when you are ready to pass.
Should any resident have a concern regarding violations of the rules of the road, I would encourage you to make a report online to the OPS at http://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/contact-us/Online-Reporting.asp. The more reports the police receive regarding traffic violations at a certain area, or on a certain street, the more justification they have in deploying officers to monitor the location.
Let’s work together to ensure safer roads for everyone in our communities.