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How to use cycle tracks

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How to use cycle tracks

Cycle tracks provide a safe and efficient way for people to travel on bike through downtown Calgary.

Learn more about how to travel in and along the cycle track network and shared space and how to connect from one cycle track to another. Whether you walk, cycle or drive, it’s important we all move together.

Check out our How to Tips Guide by clicking on the left image.

Signs and Signals

New signs and signals have been added along the cycle tracks routes. If you’re driving, biking or walking along either of these streets, remember to obey traffic signs, signals, and pavement markings. Be courteous to one another as we all get used to the new roadway and shared spaces.

  • Indicates a restricted lane for the exclusive use of people riding bicycles
  • When driving, you may turn across cycle tracks and bike lanes to access an alley or driveway, after signalling and yielding to any traffic in the cycle track or bike lane.

Only one-way vehicle traffic is allowed, except bicycles, which may travel in the designated lanes in both directions.

Alleys, driveways and intersections allow people driving to turn across a cycle track. You must yield to people cycling before turning across a cycle track.

Watch for two-way bicycle traffic when exiting a parkade, alley, or side-street.

  • Expect crossing bicycle traffic.
  • When driving, yield to people walking and cycling in the crossing.

When this sign is present, sidewalk riding is permitted.

Downtown traffic signals are automatic and run on a timed cycle, wait for your turn to go. Running a red light when driving or cycling can result in a $388 fine.

New bicycle signals are installed at some intersections.

At some intersections, bicycles are instructed to follow pedestrian signals.

New turn signals and no turn on red arrow signals are installed at some intersections to reduce conflicts and keep traffic moving efficiently. Go on the green signal that applies to your lane of travel.

Dashed green pavement highlights locations where high volumes of people cycling and driving may cross paths, such as intersections, alleys and driveways. Drivers must yield to people cycling when turning.

Hand Signals

People cycling must use hand signals to indicate turns to other road users.