Bylaws related to parks and pathways
Calgary's parks and pathways are regulated by the Parks & Pathways Bylaw 20M2003. This page is an overview of these regulations. Original copies of the bylaw ar eavailable at the City Clerks office. You may also wish to read the Share the pathways brochure for more information.
Overview of the Parks & Pathways Bylaw
- Stay on designated trails.
- Don't litter.
- Don't disturb or feed wildlife, including birds.
- Don't use motorized vehicles (with the exception of wheel chairs).
- Please obey posted signs, as they are there to alert you to pertinent rules and regulations. These rules were designed for your safety and security.
- The speed limit along the pathways is 20 km per hour, unless otherwise posted.
- Respect the rights of others.
- Stay to the right side of the pathway except when passing.
- When on a bicycle, use a bell, whistle or horn when passing others.
- Yield to the right of way.
- Everyone, including walkers and joggers, must be visible to other pathway users.
- Under provincial legislation, all youth under 18, must wear a CSA, ATM or Snell-approved helmet.
- Make sure your bike is equipped with at least one working brake and a bell, horn or other signaling device.
- If operating your bike at night, your bike must have at least one red taillight, one white headlight and one red reflector mounted at the rear.
- We recommend you wear an approved helmet, elbow and wrist protectors and knee pads.
- Poles are not permitted on the pathways.
- If you are operating in-line skates at night, you must have clear or red lights affixed to your body or clothing that are visible from both the front and back.
Trees and plants
- It is illegal to prune or remove a tree on City land.
- Leave the park the way you found it. Don't collect plant or animal material or cause damage to a park.
- All dogs must be on a leash that is no more than 2 metres long.
- All dogs must be on a leash unless in a designated, signed off-leash area.
- You must pick up your dog's waste.
- Dogs must stay on the right hand side of the pathway unless passing.
- You cannot cycle or in-line skate on a pathway with a leashed dog.
- All dogs must be under their owner's control in an off-leash area. This means they must respond to sign and sound commands.
Fines for violations of these regulations range between $50 and $500.
Filing a complaint
To report a bylaw violation please choose one of the following options: