The Bylaw Education and Enforcement Program’s focus for the month of May will be on cyclists, as cyclists are starting to hit the pavement more often with the arrival of warmer weather.
Sgt. Ross Gear with local Enforcement Services hopes to see folks following the rules.
“Bicycles are allowed to be on city sidewalks, however, the rider must be sure that they don’t cause an obstruction or prevent safe passage for pedestrians. Share the sidewalk and give pedestrians lots of room,” Gear said. “Under provincial legislation, a bike has to be equipped with a horn or a bell, it must have a brake.”
A bike must also have a rear reflector and a light on the front if riding at night.
“Any person under 18 years of age must wear an approved helmet. The helmet should have a hard outer shell and be capable of absorbing an impact, if they’re unfortunate enough to be in a collision. And it has to fit securely and have a chin strap,” Gear added.
Gear says they’ll be stopping cyclists at random throughout the month of May to educate them on safety.
If you are under the age of 18 and caught riding without a helmet you are looking at a $93 fine.