Road Safety

Riding on sidewalks

It is against the law* to ride on sidewalks unless the diameter of your rear wheel is 410 millimetres (16 inches) or less.

Several studies have proven that cyclists on sidewalks face a far greater collision risk than cyclists on the roadway. The main danger points are intersections where you may surprise motorists by appearing unexpectedly due to your speed on a sidewalk.

Riding on the sidewalk is illegal

Uncontrolled intersections such as back lanes, driveways and access to strip malls are of particular concern. In many cases, the view for both the approaching motorist and yourself is obstructed. As there are no traffic controls, the motorist is not required to come to a full stop and, if an obstruction exists, they will have to move past the sidewalk to see the roadway traffic. The entrance and exits to strip malls are particularly dangerous because they are often on an angle, which makes it more difficult to see a fast-moving bike approaching.

Sidewalks are primarily for use by pedestrians. These pedestrians include unpredictable children, mobility impaired individuals and older adults who may be startled easily. Riding on the sidewalk creates an unsafe environment for everyone.

*Highway Traffic Act s. 145(8)