Road Safety

Bike safely

Throughout Manitoba, people are discovering the joys of cycling. It’s an exciting, low-cost activity that’s good for your health, good for the environment and fun for people of all ages.

As the cycling community grows in numbers, so does the need for an increased awareness of road safety. Whether you’re a cyclist or a motorist, knowing the rules of the road will make our roads safer for all road users. Safe roads are everyone’s responsibility and together, we can work to stay safe, have fun and build healthier communities.

This section will provide cyclists with the information they need to ride safely on Manitoba roads, and motorists with the information they need to recognize the cyclist’s position on the road and the potential hazards they face. Whether you are a cyclist or a motorist, you can benefit from a better understanding of our respective rights and responsibilities on the road.

This information was produced in collaboration with representatives from Bike Winnipeg, the Manitoba Cycling Association, the Province of Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg. Thank you to all contributors who helped develop this information that is useful to all road users who share the road.

Note: Throughout the Cycling section of our website, recommendations are provided on how cyclists should position themselves on the road to be visible, predictable and safe. These recommendations are from cycling advocacy groups who contributed to the development of this material.

The Highway Traffic Act is the legislation that governs the rights and responsibilities of cyclists when riding on the road. The Highway Traffic Act indicates that cyclists should position themselves as close as practicable to the right side of the road. As close as practicable is not specifically defined in the Act so cyclists should use good judgment and assess the circumstances and situation when determining their positioning on the road. Factors to consider include traffic volume, road conditions, weather hazards and municipal lane restrictions.