06/13/2013 07:34 EDT | Updated 08/13/2013 05:12 EDT

5 common Montreal cycling habits that break the law

Montreal Police are cracking down on cyclists in a bid to make them respect traffic laws.

While some cyclists say police are being heavy-handed with their ticketing campaign, authorities say cyclists need to start respecting the rules of the road.

Cyclists ticketed under the Quebec Highway Safety Code face fines starting at $15 and may also be hit with demerit points on their driver's license.

Some Montreal cyclists are fighting back against what they call "cyclist traps".

They've created a Facebook page and a Google map that pinpoints spots where police officers are giving out tickets to cyclists.

Montreal police say they issued 6,000 cycling-related tickets last year, up from 4,000 in 2011.