Sherwood Park, Alberta – As warmer weather brings out more bicycles on our road ways, Strathcona County RCMP reminds cyclists about the importance of road safety and laws. On the road, a bicycle is classified as a vehicle, and cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of motor vehicles. Since bicycles are one of the smallest vehicles on the road, you must make an effort to be seen and heard. Reflective tape, reflectors and lights make you more visible. Bright clothing during the day and reflective clothing at night will help people see you better.
Some important information pertaining to bicycles and the law;
- No person who is less than 18-years-old shall operate or ride as a passenger on a bicycle unless that person is properly wearing a safety helmet.
- Cyclists under the age of 18-years-old who are not wearing their helmets may be issued a traffic violation notice for failure to wear a safety helmet under the Provincial Vehicle Equipment Regulation ($93).
- Cyclists must travel single file on the road way.
It is common for large groups of cyclists to gather on rural County roads but it is important to remember that according to the Rules of the Road (Operation of Vehicles) a cyclist shall not operate a bicycle adjacent to another bicycle travelling in the same direction. Failing to do so could result in a $78 violation notice.
Whether you’re a recreational cyclist, commuter or enjoy biking with your children it is important to be aware of the rules of the road, which are aimed to ensure bicycles and vehicles, can peacefully and safely co-exist on our road ways.