Bicycle Facilities and Municipal Liability Workshop

On February 26, 2015 the Region of Peel hosted the Bicycle Facilities and Municipal Liability Workshop. It provided participants with a unique opportunity to speak with a lawyer and a police officer on cycling issues related to liability and interpretation of the law.

The workshop focused on:

  • Increasing familiarity with the new cycling facility design guidelines identified in OTM Book 18: Cycling Facilities (2013) and the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario’s new Bikeway Design Manual (2014)
  • Reviewing recommendations from OTM Book 18 regarding maintenance, risk management and liability as it relates to cycling infrastructure
  • Reviewing the fundamentals of municipal liability in relation to active transportation infrastructure
  • Learning about potential liability of employers and/or schools encouraging increased cycling
  • Gaining perspective on the interpretation of the law by police enforcement, particularly dealing with definitions and laws that don’t support one another. E.G. Municipal By-laws vs. Highway Traffic Act vs. Criminal Code

Agenda with bios (PDF 590KB).

Presentation Videos and Slides

Ontario Traffic Manual Book 18: Cycling Facilities (Video)
Dave McLaughlin, MMM Group Limited
Associated PowerPoint slides (PDF 6MB).

Bicycle Facilities and Municipal Liability (Video)
Belinda Bain, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP
Associated PowerPoint slides (PDF 418KB).

Police Perspective on Cycling and Enforcement (Video)
Police Constable Hugh G. Smith, Toronto Police
Associated PowerPoint slides (PDF 8MB).

Bicycle Facilities and Municipal Liability Panel Discussion (Video)
Facilitated by Region of Peel


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