Cycling is a fun activity when done safely. When not done safely, a cyclist can be a danger to him or herself and to others. These comments are intended to help keep you safe and to help you better understand your obligations as a cyclist.
Bicycles are vehicles under the HTA – virtually all rules under the HTA that apply to motor vehicles also apply to bicycles.
Obey all HTA traffic rules, including stopping at traffic signs, traffic lights and right of way conventions and rules
Beyond legal considerations, prudence and common sense should always prevail. A cyclist will never win a dispute with a motor vehicle regardlesss of who is right?
as slower moving vehicles, cyclists must move as far to the right as the safely can to facilitate the space to allow a faster vehicle to pass safely. (sec. 147(6))
Ride Leaders are not necessarily the best or fastest riders in the group, nor do they necessarily lead from the front of the group.
Ride Leaders should come equipped with cell phone, extra waivers forms, incident reporting forms and a writing instrument
Ride groups should generally consist of 6 to 12 riders but never more than 18. The larger the group, the more likely that it will become strung out and separated, and far more difficult for motor vehicles to pass safely
Pedal assisted e-bikes are becoming more and more commonplace on roads and trails these days and the OCC has brought forth a new policy to deal with their use in Club rides. We are doing so to allow those who enjoy cycling to participate in group events, allow family members who are not as strong to keep up with other family members and allow riders coming back from injury nor dealing with disabilities to enjoy group riding.