Queens RCMP Put Out Reminders for Bicycle Safety & Enforcement

Published Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Bicycle Safety & Enforcement

Queens County, N.S. 2017 04 19 - Queens District R.C.M.P. wish to remind residents now that spring is upon us, that, in an effort to keep county residents safe, police will again be enforcing the provisions of the Nova Scotia Motor Vehicle Act governing bicycle safety. The Motor Vehicle Act stipulates that all bicycle riders, as well as scooter, skateboard and roller blade users, must wear an approved helmet, secured with a chin strap, while using those items. Parents are legally responsible to ensure children under 16 in their care wear their helmets and in a proper fashion.

Bicyclists may not ride on the sidewalk, and scooters, skateboards and roller blades can't travel on the road. Wherever possible, bicyclists must follow the direction of travel of motor vehicles, and not ride against traffic. In a group, bicyclists must travel in single file.

As with a motor vehicle, given that a bicyclist must travel on the road even at night, the bicycle must be equipped with a lighted front lamp and a rear reflector.

Police have authority to seize bicycles, scooters & skateboards for thirty days from anyone caught violating any element of the Motor Vehicle Act relating to those items. Fines for various offences may range from $151 .15 to $352.50.

Residents are encouraged to visit the Bicycle Nova Scotia website at http://bicycle.ns.ca/mvabicycle-related-clauses/ Parents should review bicycle safety with their children at https://novascotia.ca/tran/publications/NovaScotiaBicycleSafety.pdf

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