Rules of the Road

Toronto has a growing cycling infrastructure, and it’s a great time to ride! Whether you’re an experienced rider or a new rider, see below for a few safety tips to ensure a safe ride.

Plan a sensible route

Use the transit or Ride the City to map out the route to your destination. Use bike lanes when available.

Do a pre-ride check

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

Wear a helmet

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.

Use hand signals

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.

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!

Ride with traffic

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.

Stay off sidewalks

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.

Yield to pedestrians

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.

Never ride distracted

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