OPP Reminds Cyclists to Ride Safe

OPP Reminds Cyclists to Ride Safe
The Sault Ste. Marie Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding cyclists that they must stay alert and follow the rules of the road.

Cyclists are required to share the road with other vehicles. Bicycles should always ride with traffic, stay as far right as possible and use hand signals to alert others to your intended actions.  Your bicycle should have a sounding device attached and if you are riding at night proper lighting is required.

The most important piece of safety equipment you need is an approved and properly fitted helmet.

"Studies show that wearing an approved helmet while cycling greatly reduces the risk of injury should a mishap occur. The law requires everyone under the age of 18 to wear a helmet but for safety reasons, the OPP recommends that all cyclists wear helmets at all times." - Staff Sergeant Mike Maville, Detachment Commander.

Motorists also have a role to play in cycling safety.

  • Drivers must leave a minimum of one-metre distance when passing a cyclist. The penalty, if convicted under the Highway Traffic Act, is a fine of $110.00.
  • Dooring- The penalty under the Highway Traffic Act for improper opening of a vehicle door (driver or passenger), is $365.00 if convicted.

Sault Ste. Marie OPP officers will continue with proactive patrols and enforcement to ensure all road users stay alert and stay safe at all times.

For further information related to cycling laws and safety, please visit the following link:

MTO Bicycle Safety.