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Be safe. Ride smart.

The City of Calgary’s Be Safe campaign aims to educate the public on topics important to maintaining road and pathway safety and keeping all users safe.

The campaign’s focus is on pathway safety, especially for those using pedal bikes, electric bikes and/or electric scooters.

Be Safe, Ride Smart


Over the past few years, we have seen an increase in the use of e-Bikes and e-Scooters on Calgary pathways.

While this is a welcome change, it also brings with it some growing concerns around safety for those riding electronic devices and other pathway users.

To keep everyone safe, The City wants to remind Calgarians about the rules around riding bikes, e-Bikes and e-Scooters on our pathways.

People cycling on pathways must obey the following City of Calgary Bylaws:

  • Keep speed to a maximum 20km/h unless otherwise posted.
  • Use of an audible signal (such as a bell) when overtaking another pathway user.
  • Bicycle helmets must be worn by all bicycle riders and passengers under the age of 18.

Electric or power-assist bicycles: Bicycle helmets must be worn by all riders and passengers, regardless of age.


  • E-Bikes are heavier and can travel at higher speeds.
  • Obey all posted speed limits.
  • Take extra care when passing others and while in congested areas
  • Where twinned sections of pathway exist, use the designated cycle path.
  • Move off the path to the right when stopping.
  • Ride single file.
  • Keep to the right side of the pathway except when passing.

  • Always pay close attention to others on the pathway and practice courteous behaviour.
  • Pay extra attention around corners and blind spots.
  • Yield the right-of-way to users on the right where two pathways intersect.
  • Ring your bell/horn or use your voice to alert others when passing or approaching a blind spot such as a corner or hill.

Bylaw Fines related to cycling and riding

Fines may include:

  • A $400 fine for traveling at an unsafe speed and/or engaging in unsafe activity on a pathway
  • A $400 fine for operating a shared e-Scooter or e-Bike in a reckless manner.
  • A $400 fine for colliding with another user of the sidewalk or street.
  • A $75 fine for carrying a passenger on a shared e-Scooter or e-Bike.

All fines related to e-Scooters can be found in The City of Calgary Traffic Bylaw 26M96 or the Bylaws related to Parks and Pathways.

For more information about the City’s Pathways and Trails network, visit Calgary.ca/Pathways


Tools and Resources

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