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.

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

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.

Adjust the seat for your height, press the brakes to check the resistance, and ensure that the tires are inflated. If you notice a problem, dock the bike, press the “wrench” button before selecting a new bike.

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.

All riders should wear a helmet. It should fit comfortably and be level on your head with the chin strap buckled.  Helmet use is mandatory for 16 and 17 year old riders.

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.

Cyclists must use hand signals to alert other traffic of your turns and stops. 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 with your palm open.

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.

Bicyclists are required to yield the right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks and intersections. If you have a green light, utilize the bell to alert pedestrians when needed.

Yield to Pedestrians

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

Sidewalks are for pedestrian traffic only. When on the sidewalk, make sure you walk with your bike. If caught riding on the sidewalk, Toronto Police will issue a fine. Let’s keep everybody on the sidewalk safe.

Stay off Sidewalks

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

Bicyclists must ride in the same direction of traffic as cars and use a bike lane when available. If a bike lane is not available, bicyclists must ride as far to the right as possible while still remaining safe.

Ride with Traffic

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

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

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!

Never ride distracted

Stop riding if you need to send a text message or take phone call. It is not recommended to ride with headphones. Stay alert to reduce the chance of an accident.