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Share the Road

Share the road! Be respectful. Be courteous. Look out for cyclists on the road, slow down and only pass when it’s safe to pass. Ensure you leave 1 metre (3 feet) when passing a cyclist.


1 metre (3 feet) it’s the law!

Cartoon image of a car passing a cyclist

As of September 1, 2015, drivers must leave a one-metre distance when passing cyclists or face a $110 fine and two demerit points; $180 fine and two demerit points for failing to leave a one-metre distance when passing cyclists in a community safety zone. For more information, please visit



Passing at a safe distance

When passing a cyclist on the road, the best practice is to provide at least 1 metre (3 feet) between your vehicle and the cyclist; and whenever possible, vehicles should change lanes to pass a cyclist. For more information, please view the Driver’s Handbook.

Rules of the road for cyclists

Bicycles are considered vehicles under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) requiring riders to follow the same rules as those who drive any other type of vehicle on public roadways.

What about cyclists slowing down vehicles?

The issue of cyclists slowing down vehicles on the road is challenging. Under the Highway Traffic Act, vehicles (which include bicycles) travelling less than the normal speed of traffic should drive/cycle in the right-hand lane or as close as possible to the right-hand edge of the road. However, there are exceptions to this rule (e.g. turning left and getting into position to turn left). For more information, please view the following resources.

What about cycling on the sidewalks?

In the City of London, Ontario, only cyclists under 14 years of age are permitted to bicycle on the sidewalk. Sidewalk cycling is dangerous because of the potential for cyclist, pedestrian and vehicle conflicts. Typically, cyclists travel at much higher speeds than pedestrians and may not be able to change speeds or direction when encountering pedestrians, fixed objects and/or vehicles.

When cyclists use sidewalks, cyclist and vehicle conflicts are more likely to occur at driveways and intersecting streets. For more information, please view the City of London's Streets By-law and Bike Rules of the Road.

Cyclists must follow all traffic laws

Cyclists must follow all traffic laws. Just like drivers, cyclists need to look for potential dangers on the road including drivers who may be distracted.

  • Always use hand signals
  • Wear reflective gear every time you ride to make sure you are visible. A variety of products are available at the many retailers.



Date of creation: February 28, 2013
Last modified on: August 25, 2017