By Avery Burdett, Ottawa Citizen Letter to the Editor, October 17, 2016
It’s perfectly legal to cycle side-by-sideRe: Letters, Oct. 14.
It’s unfortunate that a letter-writer attacked cyclists for not following the rules of the road. Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act (HTA) and Ottawa’s traffic bylaw have no prohibition against cyclists riding side-by-side, or anything that can be interpreted as such.
The HTA requires cyclists, like any driver, to stay to the right to allow another to pass to the left, but HTA S.148.(5) lays out the guiding principle very clearly. The driver being overtaken, including a cyclist “… is not required to leave more than one-half of the roadway free.”http://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/letters/todays-letters-revising-history-driving-while-texting-cycling-side-by-side