August 18, 2019 - Responsibility for Roads in Brighton Area

During the review of where ATVs were allowed, it was discovered that the roles and responsibilities for maintenance of roads in hamlet and village areas was unclear.  Detailed information was obtained from the Northumberland County roads manager and the roads manager in Brighton.  The information for the Brighton area is summarized below.

  • From the west, Northumberland County owns and maintains County Road # 2 up to 366 Main Street (this is across from the Cheer Farms produce stand). The County resumes ownership of County Road # 2 in the east at County Road address 15196.  This is at a set of traffic lights where you can loop around to the Mobil Gas Station, the No Frills Store and Tim Hortons on the south side of County Road # 2.  The County owns the set of lights at this intersection.  Brighton owns and maintains the road in between these points.
  • Northumberland County owns and maintains County Road # 30 down to just past the entrance to the Mount Hope Cemetery. This is where the speed limit drops to 50 kph just past the brick pillar “Municipality of Brighton” sign.
  • Even though the road is named Prince Edward Street, Northumberland County owns and maintains County Road # 64 right from County Road # 2 (Elizabeth Street) in the north (at Vito’s Restaurant) down to where the road turns east past the Brighton Speedway, the swing bridge and on to Carrying Place.

June 5, 2019 - Summary of Current Requirements for ATVs in Brighton

The Municipality of Brighton enacted a TRIAL ATV By-Law No. 014-2018 on Feb 4, 2019 to take effect on April 1, 2019.  The intent of the by-law is to allow ATV's on municipal roads throughout the municipality, including subdivisions.

There are however restrictions on where off-road vehicles will be able to travel within Brighton. Council specifically excluded the roads used by residents who live within Presqu'ile Provincial Park.

Northumberland County made clear that its roads are off-limits in Brighton. The County has given strictly limited access to ATV's across the county, because ATV's have adverse effects on the shoulders of roadways. Ruts cause water runoff problems and there are not enough resources to continually repair damage to the roadways.

The Northumberland County restriction means off-road vehicles won't be able to travel from the south part of Brighton to the north (and vice versa) because only two roads (CR 30 and CR 26)  cross Highway 401 and they belong to the county.

The by-law makes the following stipulations:

- driver only, unless the vehicle has one passenger seat that is designed to be straddled by the passenger while sitting facing forward behind the driver, and is equipped with foot rests for the passenger that are separate from the foot rests for the driver.

- ATV's permitted April 1st to November 30th annually

- ATV's permitted between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:00 pm

- ATV's to operate on shoulder, or extreme right hand side of road, and only on lands as depicted in Schedule A & B of by-law.

- No Person shall operate an off-road vehicle on a highway under municipal jurisdiction unless it meets the equipment requirements of Sections 7 to 15 of 0. Reg. 3 16/03 and it is operated in accordance with Sections 16 to 24 of O.Reg 316/03.

- No Person shall operate an off-road vehicle at a rate of speed greater than:

- 20 km/hr in 50 km/hr zone or less

- 50 km/hr in zone greater than 50 km/hr

- No Person shall operate an off-road vehicle on any Municipal Road:

a) Without wearing an approved helmet,
b) Without a valid driver’s license,
c) Without valid insurance coverage,
d) Without a valid license plate.
e) with an exhaust system that has been changed or
altered from the installed factory stock exhaust system. Modifications are not permitted.

The By-Law Officer will monitor on a monthly bases during the trial period, complaints received by the O.P.P and the Municipality. Calls for service for the Off Road Vehicles to the O.P.P will also be noted. A monthly report will be submitted to the Chief Administrative Officer from the By-Law Enforcement Officer.

This by-law will expire on November 30th, 2019 at 8:00 pm.

June 3, 2019 - ATV Information from OPP (Ontario Provincial Police)

The OPP have two cards on hand for citizen's information. Pictures of the cards are attached here OPP Information Regarding ATVs.

The first card outlines where ATVs are permitted, as well as the requirements riders must follow. The second card shows a map and further defines the boundaries.

The card with the map showing where ATVs are permitted, is in the process of being updated. This is due to a TRIAL by-law that has been passed by the Municipality of Brighton for this ATV season. 

A spokesperson for the OPP offered the following comments:

  1. The OPP will NOT engage in a chase with ATVs or with any vehicle. This has become standard for law enforcement everywhere. The risk to innocent people is too great.
  2. The OPP WILL respond to a complaint from any civilian if ATV laws are being breached. All it takes is a phone call.  The phone number is 1-888-310-1122.  Only use 911 for emergencies.
  3. The OPP is concerned, just as NC County is concerned, with the safety aspects of ATVs being permitted on municipal roads that do not have adequate infrastructure to accommodate ATVs.

June 2, 2019 - ATV Use in Brighton

Brighton recently approved and issued a bylaw allowing ATV use on all Municipal roads for an eight month period starting April 1, 2019.  Here is an article by John Campbell summarizing the Council's decision John Campbell Article re Brighton ATV Bylaw

Here is the Brighton ATV By-law Brighton By-law 014-2019

The Northumberland County By-law which limits ATV travel on County roads is Northumberland County ATV By-law 2019-21

The exceptions for ATV travel on County roads are available here County Road Exceptions to Allow ATVs