Montreal Police are cracking down on cyclists in a bid to make them respect traffic laws.

While some cyclists say police are being heavy-handed with their ticketing campaign, authorities say cyclists need to start respecting the rules of the road.

5 common Montreal cycling habits that break the law

  • Riding on the sidewalk.
  • Riding against traffic.
  • Riding wearing earphones or headsets.
  • Riding between two lanes of moving vehicles.
  • Riding without five mandatory reflectors (see photo below.)

Cyclists ticketed under the Quebec Highway Safety Code face fines starting at $15 and may also be hit with demerit points on their driver's license.

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Some Montreal cyclists are fighting back against what they call "cyclist traps".

They've created a Facebook page and a Google map that pinpoints spots where police officers are giving out tickets to cyclists.

Montreal police say they issued 6,000 cycling-related tickets last year, up from 4,000 in 2011.