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Roadway laws and etiquette

Bicycles are classified as vehicles under the Alberta Traffic Safety Act. People cycling have the same rights and are subject to the same laws and bylaws as people driving. Cyclists must obey all traffic signs and signals. Be predictable when cycling and driving and look out for one another on the road.

Here are some basic requirements and suggestions for cycling on the roadway.

(*) indicates a legal requirement.

Respect all road users

  • Be predictable
  • Look out for one another on the road.

Use appropriate hand signals

  • Shoulder check first
  • Signal your intention to turn or change lanes by using hand signals.
  • Shoulder check again.
  • Proceed when safe to do so.*

See and be seen

  • Use lights at dawn, dusk and dark.
  • When it is dark out:
    • Use one headlight, but no more than two. *
    • Use one red tail light. *
    • Have one red reflector for the rear. *
    • Consider wearing reflective clothing and use your lights.

On the road
*NEW*Dashed green pavement

  • Is applied to locations where high volumes of people cycling and driving may cross paths. Take extra care.
  • Reminds people driving to watch for and yield to people cycling when turning.

*NEW* Multi-use crossing

  • Road crossings shared by people walking and cycling.
  • People driving must yield.

Take care at intersections

  • Proceed with care since most collisions occur at intersections.
  • Watch for turning vehicles.

Watch for opening car doors

  • People driving: look for people cycling before opening a car door.
  • People cycling: be aware that the doors of parked cars can open unexpectedly.

Ride predictably

  • Ride your bike as far to the right of the roadway as practicable, unless you are making a left turn.
  • At times it may be safer to take the whole lane.
  • Do not dodge between parked cars.
  • Watch for cars entering and exiting driveways and alleys Pass on the left.

Plan your route

  • Plan your route ahead of time - the best route by car may not be the best route by bike.
  • Remember that all streets are cycling streets (except Deerfoot Trail).

Connect with cycling

Take a map on the go! The City of Calgary Pathways and Bikeways iPhone and Android App is free and available to download from the Apple and Google app stores.

Download the iOS AppDownload the Android App


Join our online Facebook community for cycling tips, bike maps, info and news by pressing ‘Like’ on the City of Calgary Bicycle Program page.