Still Breaking the Law

by Jason Fredin

Congratulations to the folks who successfully lobbied to allow youth under the age of 14 to be allowed to ride on the sidewalk. I understand there is also a move to include seniors in this exemption.

Changing the province’s mind on the Highway Traffic Act (HTA), however may be a bit more difficult.

While people of all ages are still riding on the sidewalk, I still see many youth breaking the law frequently, at every road they cross. According to the HTA cyclists are expected to dismout their bike and walk across streets.

Riding in pedestrian crossover prohibited – HTA 140(6)

(6)  No person shall ride a bicycle across a roadway within a pedestrian crossover. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 140 (6).

Riding in crosswalks prohibited – HTA 144(29)

(29)  No person shall ride a bicycle across a roadway within or along a crosswalk at an intersection or at a location other than an intersection which location is controlled by a traffic control signal system. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 144 (29).

While within the law to ride on the sidewalk, an officer could still ticket riders at every intersection they cross, to the tune of $85.