Nova Scotia

Police to cyclists: Don't ride in crosswalk

Police in Halifax are reminding cyclists to get off their bikes and walk through a crosswalk.

Police in Halifax are reminding cyclists to get off their bikes and walk through a crosswalk.

"If you're on a bicycle, under the Motor Vehicle Act you're considered a vehicle and you have to follow all the rules and regulations that a car does," said Const. Brian Palmeter, spokesman for Halifax Regional Police.

On Tuesday, a truck hit a cyclist riding through a busy crosswalk on North Park Street. The cyclist suffered minor injuries.

Neither the driver nor the cyclist was issued a ticket.   "There's no actual penalty for somebody cycling across a crosswalk. The big issue is that you're not afforded the rights of a pedestrian, so if a pedestrian was struck the driver could be issued a ticket for failing to yield," Palmeter said.

Police said the cyclist was reminded to walk his bike through a crosswalk.

But drivers say some cyclists aren't getting that message.

"A few minutes ago I blew my horn at someone who was doing that. I was turning the corner, he came scooting along in the crosswalk," Gerald Cross said Wednesday. "Grown-ups should ride like grown-ups drive cars."

Driver Sandra Larson says she often doesn't know how cyclists will react.

"Some people get off their bikes to cross, some people shoot right on through. Some people act like they're on a vehicle on the road and sometimes they don't. So it's really unpredictable," she said.