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Pathway laws and etiquette

Share the pathway and share the responsibilities. Those who use the pathway get along better when they show courtesy and consideration for others.

Calgary's parks and pathways are regulated by the Parks and Pathways Bylaw 20M2003. This page provides an overview of pathway laws and suggested pathway etiquette, but please refer to the bylaw for more detailed information. Original copies of the bylaw are available at the City Clerk's office.

(*) indicates a legal requirement.

Speed limits

  • The speed limit is 20km/h unless otherwise posted. *
  • Slow down when pathway is busy, on hills, curves and under/over bridges.

Control your pet

  • All dogs must be kept on a leash no longer than 2m while on the pathway, even in off–leash areas. *
  • Don't cycle or in-line skate with a leashed dog. *
  • Keep to the right half of the pathway with your pet and keep your pet to the right of you. *

Be visible

  • Wear light-toned clothing with reflective tape material.
  • Outfit your bicycle with a white front light, red rear reflector and a red rear light. *

Signal when passing

  • Use your voice, bell or horn to inform others that you are passing. *
  • Those being passed should acknowledge with a wave.

Cell phone and earphone dangers

  • Avoid using cell phones and other handheld technology while on the pathway.
  • If you must use earphones on the pathway, keep the volume sufficiently low to hear other pathway users.

Yielding on a pathway

  • Look both ways.
  • Where two pathways intersect, yield the right-of-way to users on the right. *
  • Exercise caution; be aware of cyclist and in-line skater stopping limitations.

Use the appropriate path

  • Where twinned sections of pathway exist, use the appropriate path. Obey all signs.
  • In winter, where pathways are twinned and only one path is cleared, all users must share the path.

Keep to the right

  • All pathway users must keep to the right half of the pathway except when passing. *
  • Move off the pathway to the right when stopping.
  • Cyclists should ride single file.

Be alert

  • Watch for slippery sections covered by ice, loose gravel or silt.
  • Be sure the pathway is clear of obstructions ahead.
  • Ring bell for others where visibility is restricted such as on hills, turns and in tunnels.

Respect nature

  • Keep to pathways and well-established trails to protect habitat. *
  • Do not collect plant or animal material. *
  • Do not disturb or feed wildlife.

Motorized vehicles

  • Motorized vehicles (except wheelchairs) are not permitted on pathways. *

Peace Officers may order unsafe bikes off the pathway and require a cyclist to have their bike repaired.

Have a complaint?

Fines for contraventions of these regulations range between $50 and $500. If you would like to report a bylaw infraction please call 311.

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