For Immediate Release / May 6, 2020

RCMP - Bike Safety Regulations

The warm weather is a great time to be outside biking, enjoying the city's trail system while still respecting social distancing requirements but St. Albert RCMP are also reminding citizens to adhere to the bike safety regulations within the community.

All individuals who ride their bike within the City of St. Albert are required to wear a bike helmet, this includes adults and children - St. Albert By-Law 41(3) - $100.00 fine.  "head injury is the leading cause of death from a bicycle collision, and cyclists who choose not to wear helmets are 3 times more likely to suffer head injuries in a crash" says St. Albert Traffic A/Cpl. Patricia Desmond.

Cyclists are also required to have a horn or bell attached to their bike - Vehicle Equipment Regulations of the Alberta Traffic Safety Act - Sec 60 - $81.00 fine

Cyclists who choose to ride their bike on the sidewalk, which is permitted - St. Albert By-Law 41(1), must yield the right of way to Pedestrians and cannot operate their bikes in a reckless manner - St. Albert By-Law 41(2) - $100.00 fine. Cyclists on sidewalks must dismount & walk across roadways/intersections.  If you dismount and walk alongside your bicycle, you are considered a pedestrian and have the same rights as a pedestrian. Cyclists on sidewalks do not have the right-of-way over motor vehicles in intersections.

Cyclists who choose to ride their bike on the roadways must follow the rules of the road. Cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as a driver of a motor vehicle and must obey the same rules when travelling on the road. Cyclists must yield to pedestrians, stop for stop signs/red lights, and travel with the flow of traffic.  If you are riding a bicycle, you are considered by law, a vehicle on the road.

St. Albert RCMP want all citizens to be informed about the laws and regulations when it comes to operating their bicycle in the community and safety is their top priority.

If anyone has information regarding any crime, they are asked to contact the St. Albert RCMP Detachment at 780-458-7700 or their local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play.

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Last edited: May 7, 2020