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Frequently Asked Questions about Road Safety


Do I have to wear a bicycle helmet while riding on the road?
Yes, if you are under the age of 18 you are required by law to wear an approved bicycle helmet when travelling on any public road. Cyclists over 18 are encouraged to wear helmets for their own safety, but are not required to by law.

Do I have to wear a bicycle helmet while riding a power-assisted bicycle (also known as an electric bicycle or e-bike)?
Yes. Anyone operating an electric bicycle must wear an approved bicycle helmet at all times.

Can I operate an e-bike on the recreational path?
Yes. Electric bicycles, or e-bikes, are classified as bicycles under the Highway Traffic Act and as such, they can be operated on City roadways and recreational paths. As with the rules for bicycles, e-bikes are not allowed on sidewalks, and those operating an e-bike must be over the age of 16.

Can I ride a bicycle on the sidewalk?
Cyclists over the age of 12 are not permitted to ride on the sidewalk. According to a City bylaw, bicycles with wheels that measure 60 centimetres or less can ride on sidewalks as long as the rider is under the age of 12. The intent of this measure is to allow children to cycle on the sidewalk while they learn to ride.

Is there a speed limit on the recreational path?
No. There is no defined speed limit on the City's recreational path, however users are expected to travel at a reasonable speed for their own safety and the safety of other pathway users.

What side of the recreational path should I travel on?
All pathway users should keep to the right hand side of the path and move completely off of the pathway when stopping. When passing, do so on the left hand side of the path after calling out a warning (such as "Passing on the left") and/or ringing a horn or bell.





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