The One Metre Bike Rule
In 2015, Ontario changed its rules about drivers and cyclists. As part of the “Making Ontario Roads Safer Act”, drivers must keep a one metre distance when passing a cyclist. Not maintaining this distance can come with a fine up to $115. If this ticket is contested in court, the driver can receive a fine between $60 and $500, and two demerit points.
What if there isn’t enough room?
If there isn’t enough room to keep a one metre distance when passing a cyclist, you can cross the centre line to pass them. However, this can only be done if the traffic conditions and laws permit it. When in doubt, wait behind the cyclist until you have a safe distance to pass them.
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