• Publication Date: November 7, 2014
  • ISBN: Print (Paperback): 9781552213841
  • ISBN: Digital (PDF): 9781552213858
  • 218 pages; 6" x 9"
Filed Under: Transportation

Every Cyclist’s Guide to Canadian Law


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Product Description

More Canadians are riding bicycles than ever before, but did you know that riding your bike in Canada is now almost as heavily regulated as driving your car?

Whether you are one of more than 200,000 Canadians who commute by bike, the parent of a child with her first two-wheeler, a veteran racer, or a recreational rider, the chances are you will need this book. In Every Cyclist’s Guide to Canadian Law, Craig Forcese and Nicole LaViolette, both law professors and avid cyclists, provide a comprehensive overview of Canadian law for bicycles — covering rules of the road, purchasing and using bicycles, what to do in the case of an accident or a stolen bike, starting up your own cycling club, racing your bike, and much more.

Accessibly written and often humorous, this book is written for those with little or no legal background. Using straightforward and jargon-free explanations, the authors include anecdotes and examples drawn from their own experiences as seasoned recreational and competitive cyclists. Every Cyclist’s Guide to Canadian Law will also provide an authoritative reference for lawyers, club directors, coaches, and sporting event planners.

A portion of the proceeds from this book will go to Share the Road Cycling Coalition.


Table of Legislation and Abbreviations

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Riding Your Bicycle

Chapter 3: Falling Off Your Bicycle

Chapter 4: Breaking Your Bicycle

Chapter 5: Losing Your Bicycle

Chapter 6: Running Your Bicycle Club

Chapter 7: Racing Your Bicycle


“Every Cyclist’s Guide to Canadian Law is no ordinary lay discussion of a legal issue. This excellent book…is a thorough and sophisticated look at the emerging area of cycling law. […] The Introduction to the book sets out the authors’ ‘hope that this book will make your cycling safer, swifter, and more satisfying.’ That sentence is indicative of the book’s tone—accessible and conversational and, in my view, the book holds up to its promise. While the book includes advocacy for new or better laws…it is first and foremost a description and analysis of how the law stands now, and how it can affect your morning commute or bicycle race. […] Forcese and LaViolette manage to keep the writing crisp despite the jurisdictional variances; the book’s style is equivalent to a sunny morning’s ride with friends. […] It is good to see lawyers taking cycling seriously again.”
Christopher Waters, Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues 36, 204
“Even though it is a guide written by lawyers, there are no assumptions that one must be a lawyer to understand the legalese as it’s written in plain English. For those unfamiliar with the Canadian legal system, the foundation is set with an introduction to the Canadian constitutional system, touching on the difference between common law and civil law, and the Canadian court system, making this book ideal for citizens and travelers to this country who wish to educate themselves on the cycling rules should they consider riding in Canada.”
Frances Wong, Canadian Law Library Review, 41:2
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