The Ontario Ministry of Transportation provides some good advice in this news release from yesterday: http://news.ontario.ca/mto/en/2014/06/share-the-road—-same-rules-same-rights.html
My quibble would be with why we need a government ministry to tell us this. It’s mostly common sense. How much did it cost to release this on a national holiday?
Anyway the key point is: “Bicycles are considered vehicles, just like cars or trucks, which means they must obey all applicable traffic laws under the Highway Traffic Act.” Attention drivers: that means cyclists are allowed on the road and can occupy a lane. Get used to it. Attention cyclists: you have a responsibility to obey the rules of the road. Don’t run lights or stop signs or ride on the sidewalk. And signal for pity’s sake.
On my commute this morning, I had a driver beep and shake her head at me because I dared to stray from the bike path on Bloor-Danforth to pass another cyclist despite my signalling and staying as tight to the bike lane as possible. She was impatient which I find bizarre because traffic was fairly heavy and I ended up passing her anyway. And of course I could have taken the whole lane if I wanted to.