Share this page Print

Types of cycle tracks and bike lanes

Calgary features a variety of designated cycling spaces in addition to our extensive pathway system. Each space reflects the best design for the location and existing traffic flows, as described below. Signs and road markings accompany each space; visit the Cycling signs, road markings and traffic signals page for details.

Downtown cycle tracks

​​A cycle track is a bike lane separated from other modes of traffic by a physical barrier. They are the most effective way of reducing potential conflicts between people driving, cycling and walking, and make sharing the road a more safe and predictable experience for everyone.

Download the Cycle Tracks Guide for more tips and illustrations on using the downtown network, and view or print a map of the full cycle track network.


Cycle Edu - cycle tracks

Edit accordion

  • Tracks run in both directions on the same side of a street, typically a one-way for drivers.
  • Custom bicycle-traffic signals direct people cycling through intersections.
  • Two-way cycle tracks are located downtown on 5th Street S.W., 7th Street S.W. and 12th Avenue South.


Edit accordion

  • Cycle tracks are located on either side of the street.
  • People cycling travel in the same direction as vehicle traffic.
  • Regular traffic signals direct all road users through intersections.
  • There are one-way cycle tracks on 8th Avenue S.W. and 9th Avenue South.


Edit accordion

  • People cycling share the avenue with people walking. Pedestrians always have the right of way.
  • Cycling is permitted on the avenue between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., people cycling share the avenue with drivers between First Street S.E. and Sixth Street S.W., and leave the sidewalks for people walking.
  • Between Macleod Trail and First Street S.E., cyclists share the avenue with both drivers and pedestrians.
  • Bicycles are not permitted at any time in Olympic Plaza.
  • Cyclists must follow all road closure signs and walk their bikes when pedestrian traffic is heavy.
  • In sections where the sidewalk is designated for people cycling and walking, pedestrians have the right of way.


Bike Lanes


Bike lanes and shared lanes give people cycling dedicated space on Calgary roadways, better enabling them to access destinations across the city.

Bike lanes are typically on Priority 2 snow routes and cleared within 48 hours after the snowfall ends.


Cycle Edu - bike lanes

Edit accordion

  • Designated on-street cycling space
  • Identified by a ‘Cycling lane begins here’ sign, and a white line, bicycle icon and caution symbol (diamond shape) road markings.


Edit accordion

  • People driving and cycling share the same lane.
  • Identified by ‘Share the Road’ signs and road markings.
  • Depending on the width of the travel lane and signage, cyclists and drivers may travel side-by-side or single file.


Edit accordion

  • Identified by a blue and white sign and, in some locations, road markings.
  • Signed bike routes indicate dedicated cycle routes are nearby (arrows point in the direction to follow).