IS DRINKING AND RIDING A BICYCLE ILLEGAL?

Drinking and Riding Bicycle

As you may know, impaired operation of a motor vehicle is regulated under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act and the Criminal Code of Canada. The law is very different for biking however, and it is not nearly as regulated.

CAN I DRINK AND RIDE MY BIKE?

Our advice to you is—NO. It is a bad idea. In fact, drunk cycling can be caught under the ambit of the Liquor License Act for public intoxication. Additionally, police officers have the ability to ticket a cyclist if they are biking in a careless or reckless manner or if they are breaking the laws of the road in some manner. Many bicycles today may also have electric or gas motors, and in these cases, an intoxicated cyclist will likely be violating the Highway Traffic Act and Criminal Code of Canada.

THE BOTTOMLINE—IT’S DANGEROUS

A cyclist who consumes alcohol or drugs, puts themselves and others around them at serious risk. Cyclists, like motorcyclists, have very little protection in the event of a fall or collision. They don’t have the luxury of airbags or heavy steal and are vulnerable to injury in all aspects. Alcohol and drug affects your sensory and judgment in such a profound way and our advice, that as with a car, anyone considering drinking and biking is to leave the bike and take public transit.

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