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!