Your rights as a cyclist or pedestrian explained

Illustrations of people cycling, walking, and riding a scooter

June 30, 2021

The pandemic pushed many of us into alternative modes of personal transportation. And with bike shortages commonplace, along with new pilot programs in BC for kick scooters, two-wheeled transport is having its time in the sun.

In light of all this, we're pleased to share our latest legal content on other ways to get around. We've got new pages covering your rights as a cyclist, pedestrian, and user of low-powered vehicles.

If you've ever been flummoxed about how much room a car has to give a bike, rolled your eyes at a cyclist (or car, or pedestrian) ignoring a stop sign, or want to know where you can drive your electric scooter around town, this content is for you. These pages will help you keep a cool head if things get heated on the road. We answer questions like:

  • Does a pedestrian have the right of way if there's no crosswalk?

  • Does a cycling ticket lead to points on my driving record?

  • Do I need a special licence to operate a motorized scooter?

As always with People's, this content was prepared and tuned-up by BC legal professionals. Check it out at home or on the go (but if the latter, please pull over first).

This website explains in a general way the law that applies in British Columbia, Canada. The information is not intended as legal advice. The cases we refer to reflect real experiences, but names have been changed. See our full disclaimer.

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