BIKING IN THE CITY OF CALGARY
Bicycle Bylaws for Cyclists in Calgary
You've got yourself a new bike to get around, but now you're wondering what the rules are when riding in the city. We’ve compiled the most important bylaws about cycling in the city as well as some helpful tips to keep you safe on the roads and pathways. Keep reading to find out the full breakdown.
Under provincial laws, whether riding on the pathways or roadways, all cyclists must have the following on their bikes:
Under provincial law, all bicycle riders must use the appropriate hand signals and shoulder check before turning or changing lanes.
Pathway Bylaws and Safety
When cycling on the Calgary pathways you must obey the following local bylaws:
- Maximum speed of 20km/hr unless otherwise posted
- Stay on pathways and well-established trails.
- Cycling with a leashed dog is not permitted.
- Have a front white light and a red rear reflector when riding at night (between sunset and sunrise).
- Use a bell or audible signal when overtaking another pathway user.
The following safety tips are encouraged when riding on pathways:
Road Bylaws and Safety
Cyclists on roadways must obey the following local City of Calgary bylaws:
- People cycling must obey all traffic signs and signals.
- Cyclists are permitted to ride on all Calgary roadways except Deerfoot Trail,
- People cycling are permitted to take the whole lane if required for safety but should ride as close to the curb as is safe to do so.
- Cyclists are not allowed to ride on sidewalks unless there are dedicated bike paths on them.
We also encourage the following safety tips when riding on roadways:
Bike Lane Signage and Road Markings
There are many different signs and street markings that riders must familiarize themselves with to navigate safely around Calgary. Read the descriptions below to understand their meanings.
More information about bike lanes in Calgary:
- Most of the cycle tracks are a “Priority 1” snow route which means they get cleared within 24-48 hours after a snowfall ends. You can find more information about snow clearing in the city here.
- Calgary has the most extensive urban path and bikeway network in all of North America! The city maintains around 1000km of pathways and 96km of trails. Plus, there is another almost 300km of on-street bikeways and cycle tracks.
- Click here to view the full path and bikeway map, or come to our Kensington location to grab a paper copy.
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