Critical Manners Bike Ride Vancouver

Layin’ down the Law
August 1, 2009, 1:41 am
Filed under: Safe Cycling

A big part of Critical Manners is cycling within the parameters of the law.

But what exactly is that?

According to section 183 (1) of the Motor Vehicles Act, In addition to the duties imposed by this section, a person operating a cycle on a highway has the same rights and duties as a driver of a vehicle.

The rest of the section goes to explain the specifics of placement on the road (as far to the right as is practical, without being required to ride on unpaved areas), riding on sidewalks (illegal!) and how to turn left at an intersection where there is more than one lane from which left turns are permitted (tongue-twister!).

The Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition has posted a summary of the sections of the act that specifically deal with cyclists, and you can view the entire text of the MVA here.

I highly recommend at least reading the GVCC’s page, if you aren’t up for devouring the entire act, before the ride!



This might be the hardest rule to follow on the ride:
183(2) A person operating a cycle
(d) must not ride abreast of another person operating a cycle on the roadway,

Comment by John

Is everyone going to bike in a single line? That could make for a very anti-social ride.

Comment by Chris

Good call John and Chris.
…as well, what is this “operating a cycle on a highway” What is the definition of a “highway”? It’s not in the MVA definitions section. Who’s riding on a highway?

Comment by Chris 2

The MVA is fairly straight forward. What gets me is the number of scofflaw bike riders in the lowermainland. It is no wonder that car people and even pedestrians have such a dim view of bike riders. Riding on sidewalks, in crosswalks when not legal, no helmets, passing without warning, not stopping at stop signs, riding side by side on bike paths. Today at the foot of Cambie and second a first class A**hole bike rider refused to get off his bike to go across the street in the cross walk when the traffic controller asked him to. I mentioned it too him and he just became flippant then not only did he proceed to ride his bike through the cross walk but also on the east side walk on Cambie. My comment to the traffic controller was “the guy was a result of Bad Toilet Training” which she agreed. This “BTT” can also be applied to pedestrians, car people, bus riders, ferry riders, etc.

I am a firm believer that in order for bike people to get some respect is to show some respect to others.

I also believe that these “BTT’s” should be publically humiliated. As well there should be more enforcement of the scofflaws and should be sent to bike school like they have in Portland.

Comment by devo

Congratulations. This the first time I have seen cyclists who are not belligerent or just plain obnoxious. Cyclists who advocate being part of the traffic rather than being the traffic, sharing the street rather than taking back the street. You have impressed me enough that I might even join you on your next ride. Please keep me updated.

Comment by Eribert Loehner

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