Bicycles are vehicles and cyclists have the same rights and duties as motorists!

Ontario Highway Traffic Act and the Ottawa Traffic and Parking Bylaw require the following:

  1. Stop at all stop signs and red lights.
  2. Signal all lane changes, turns and stops.
  3. Drive/ride on the right side of the road.
  4. Drive/ride only in the designated direction on one-way streets.
  5. It is unsafe and illegal to ride on the sidewalk.
  6. Share the road with other users.
  7. Use lights when driving/riding at night.
  8. Have a bell or horn on your bike.
  9. Cyclists wear a helmet (required if under 18 years old), drivers wear a seatbelt.
  10. Cyclists use proper hand signalling when turning and stopping.