Sharrows – cycling symbols painted on the road – do not change the use of the road but are intended toassist cyclists by suggesting a line of travel.
The City first introduced Sharrows in the summer of 2011. With guidance of Cycle Kingston, Kingston Coalition of Active Transportation, and the Kingston Velo Club, the Sharrow drawings were fine-tuned when added to the La Salle Causeway in June 2013.
Rules of the Road apply to all vehicles
The official rules of the road are laid out in Part 10 of the Ontario Highway Traffic Act. Both automobiles and bicycles are legally considered vehicles under this Act, so cyclists need to know and obey the same rules as motorists to enjoy using the roadways. See the Roadsharing Guide developed with Cycle Kingston according to these rules of the road means that:
- Cyclists moving slower than the normal traffic speed should drive in the right-hand lane, or as safely to the right side as is practical (except when preparing to turn left).
- Cyclists have the right to use a full lane of traffic when travelling on the right side of the roadway is hazardous or does not allow them to maintain a straight predictable line.
- Cyclists belong on the road, not the sidewalk, because bicycles are vehicles.
- Motorists and cyclists must obey road signage, markings and traffic signals.
- Motorists and cyclists must signal their intention to turn or stop.
- Motorists and cyclists should drive/ride responsibly and defensively, be properly equipped, watch for hazards, and make sure they are seen and drive/ride in a predictable manner.