I got a ticket 2 days ago for passing a Streetcar and passing a red light on a bicycle. I'd like to fight those tickets since the fine is $435
My point of view:
The moment I passed the streetcar it was not stationary as stated in the HTA 166 (1)
"...which is stationary for the purpose of taking on or discharging passengers, he or she shall not pass the car or approach nearer than 2 metres measured back from the rear or front entrance or exit..."
Passengers approached the streetcar before it stopped, as people entered the front door and opened the way for me, I proceeded past the streetcar to clear the way.
The streetcar came to a halt immediately in front of the red traffic light, so I found myself on the crosswalk of the intersection after I passed the streetcar -> I followed the other person on a bicycle in front of me and proceeded further through the red light.
Does that sound reasonable? The cop was on the other side of the street so he couldn't possible have seen if the doors of the streetcar were open or not the moment I passed.
After all I was just on a bicycle.
"as people entered the front door and opened the way for me, I proceeded past the streetcar to clear the way." "proceeded further through the red light".
you cannot pass an open streetcar door. you are not suppose pass the open doors to clear the way. most streetcar stops are at intersections and therefore by the stop line. Cyclists are treated the same as cars under the HTA, for good reason. You will loose in any contact with a car and a pedestrian will loose in any contact with you.
I mean the bicycle lane was free, not the car lane.
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