The HTA and You: Biking Laws in Mississauga

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Not sure what the HTA is? If you ride a bicycle in Ontario, either recreationally or as a sport, then you definitely need to understand what it means. The HTA stands for Highway Traffic Act and is the number one law descriptor for cyclists in Ontario. This law states many things about how cyclists are classified on the road, laws for how cyclists should operate their bikes, and even the necessary accessories a cyclist needs to be on the road.

Stay Aware or Be Fined

Cyclists in Cambridge are all held to the standards of the HTA, no matter if they’re casual cyclists or have a bike route they go through every day. One important part of the HTA to be aware of regardless of your level of cycling ability is the various infractions you can commit that can net you a hefty fine. For instance, riding without a helmet and being under the age of 16 can incur an 85 dollar fine. Other fines included in the act cover ineffective brakes, not having a proper horn or bell, and not having the correct amount of reflectors or lights on a bicycle.

Be One with the Road

After the HTA was put into effect, all cyclists on the road were considered motorists driving vehicles. This means that cyclists have to abide by many of the same rules that car drivers do, including staying in the proper lane, hand signaling, and following the instructions given by road signs. Failure to follow these laws can result in fines and tickets. Why are Cambridge police suddenly being so strict in enforcing the HTA? The HTA wasn’t put in motion to inconvenience anyone. Reading the HTA, the laws within the act are only set out to help keep Ontario cyclists safe, and that includes all of the bicycle riders in Cambridge.