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Rules of the Road

Toronto's cycling infrastructure is growing, meaning more riders on the road every day! Whether you’re an experienced cyclist or a new biker, discover our safety tips to ensure a safe ride.

Safety

Plan a Sensible Route

Use Cyclefinder, the Transit App or our System Map to plan the route to your destination in advance. Use bike lanes when available.

Safety

Pre-Ride Safety Check

Adjust the seat to your height, check the brakes for resistance, and ensure both tires are inflated before you start riding.

Safety

Always Wear a Helmet

All riders should wear a helmet at all times with chin strap secured. Helmet use is mandatory for 16 and 17 year old riders.

Safety

Use Hand Signals

Extend your arm out and point in the direction you are planning to turn. To signal you are stopping, drop your left arm straight down.

Safety

Yield to Pedestrians

Bicyclists are required to yield the right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks and intersections. 

Safety

Stay off Sidewalks

Sidewalks are for pedestrian traffic only. When on the sidewalk, make sure you walk with your bike. 

Safety

Ride with Traffic

Bicyclists must ride in the same direction of traffic as cars and use a bike lane when available.

Safety

Obey Traffic Signals

Bicyclists must obey all traffic lights and signs. Not only is this the law, but these rules are in place to keep you safe!

CITY OF TORONTO CYCLING SAFETY

The Highway Traffic Act highlight the rules for cyclists and other vehicles to travel safely and predictably on City streets. The City of Toronto has By-Laws that regulate the safe use of different cycling infrastructure throughout the City.