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Cycling in Edmonton

What the bike is going on? 

The City is changing the way we engage citizens in bike route decisions. Citizens will have more say in how and where to build bike routes. It'll be easier for people to attend events or participate online, and we will be looking for input earlier in our decision-making processes.

New Cycling Infrastructure

The City is looking at new kinds of bike lanes for Edmonton’s future.

The detailed designs for downtown’s core area bike routes are part of ongoing public engagement for this project, but as a primer, here are some of the specific types of bike lanes you will be hearing about:

Bike Boulevard

Bike Boulevard

Roundabout in Bike Boulevard

Bike boulevards look different depending on the road being modified to create this kind of bike lane, however, they do have the following in common:

  • Provide shared road space that gives priority to cyclists and pedestrians
  • Roadways are modified to lower traffic volumes and speeds
  • Create an inviting, safe and attractive community space

Cycle Track a.k.a. Protected Bike Lane

Seattle Cycle Track

Seattle Cycle Track

  • Provides space exclusively for bicycles
  • Physically separated from motor vehicle traffic, parked cars and sidewalks
  • Minimizes conflicts between cyclists, pedestrians and drivers

Bicycle Contra-flow Lane

Edmonton Contra Flow Lane

Edmonton Contra Flow Lane

  • Allows cyclists to travel against the flow of traffic on one-way street
  • Marked by painted lines and signage

Current Bike Routes Projects

The City is planning two major bike routes in the central part of Edmonton:

Strathcona Route

Downtown Route

Why Bike Routes are Important

Edmonton’s population is growing by 3.7 % every year. That means 30,000 more people are making this city their home every year. We have to start moving people more efficiently. By providing transportation options, like adding bike routes, expanding LRT, and making the city more walkable, we can reduce traffic congestion, enhance the city’s livability and reduce our carbon footprint.

Cars and trucks will remain key ways of moving around in Edmonton but by installing bike routes we are ensuring that, no matter which way you choose to travel, the City has planned with your needs in mind.

Quality cycling infrastructure that connects people to the places they want to go encourages cycling as a safe and healthy alterative for travelling around the city. We’ve heard from the public that they would like to see more protected bike lanes in Edmonton. And that’s exactly the type of cycling infrastructure we will be exploring in core areas of the city. We know that 31% of the trips Edmontonians make in their vehicles could be travelled by bike in 13 minutes or less. We want to make those trips easier and more comfortable.

Finally, Bike routes make it easier and safer for cyclists and motorist to follow the rules when sharing the road. They reduce the risk of collisions and make the behaviour of motorists and cyclists more predictable on the road.

Navigate The Road

Understanding bike route signage and pavement markings helps everyone get along.


Bike infrastructure increases comfort for both motorists and cyclists, but the rules of the road still need to be followed.

Bike Box

The bike box, a large green-painted square with a white bike symbol, makes intersections better for everyone, allowing cyclists to clear the intersection ahead of cars. This makes cyclists more visible and helps motorists and cyclists watch out for each other.

How To Use A Bike Box

Bike Lanes

Street Sign

Bike Lane Street Sign

Road Markings

 Bike Lane Symbols

What Are They?

  • All are marked with an image of a bicycle and a diamond.
  • Dedicated exclusively to cyclists.
  • There are four variations: solid lines, dashed lines, contraflow, and a buffered zone.
  • The buffered zone creates added space between the cyclist and motor vehicles.
  • Contraflow bike lanes allow cyclists to ride against traffic on a one-way street. The contraflow bike lane is seperated from the opposing driving lane by a solid yellow line and marked with an arrow indicating the direction of travel.
  • Motorists can't drive, stop or park within bike lanes.
  • Motorists can cross a bike lane when turning into access ways or driveways, and when parking is permitted between the bike lane and the curb - once they have shoulder checked for cyclists.

Dashed Bike Lane - What Do I Do?

When the solid line marking becomes dashed, motorists who want to turn right should shoulder check to look for a cyclist and then, when safe, enter the lane.

Just remember: Solid line, stay in mine. Dashed line, yield then turn.

Bike lanes are dashed before intersections:

  • to allow motor vehicles to move to the right to make a right turn
  • to indicate to cyclists where a left turn bay starts ahead of an intersection
  • at bus stops

Dashed Bike Lane Video

Bike Police Video

The Bike Lane is dashed - what do I do?

Dashed bike lane radio ad

Shared-Use Lanes

Road Markings and Street Signs

Bike Sign Single FileBike Sign Share the Road Sharrow

What Are They?

  • Indicates the road is to be shared between motorists and cyclists.
  • The pavement markings consist of an image of a bicycle, capped by a pair of arrows called sharrows.
  • Guide cyclists and remind drivers to expect cyclists in the same travel lane.
  • Cyclists are encouraged to ride over the markings but are not required to as they are only a guide.
  • The sharrow is on the right side of the lane when cars and bikes share the lane and in the middle when everyone must travel single file.

Just remember: When there's space, bikes on the right. Bikes in the middle when space is tight.

Yielding to Buses

When a bus is at a bus stop, the cyclist should either wait behind the bus or legally pass it on the left by making a proper lane change. The cyclist should not pass the bus on the right as they may conflict with people getting on or off the bus.

Sharrows Bike Video

Dial S for Sharrow

Learn how to ride and drive on Edmonton’s Shared-Use Lanes.

Shared-use lane radio ad

Shared-Use Pathways

Shared-Use Pathway

Shared-use pathways are off-road paths open to pedestrians and cyclists.

Edmonton has 275 km of paved and unpaved shared-use pathways, including:

Signed Bicycle Routes

Bike Route Sign

Signed Bicycle Routes are cycle friendly roads with wider lanes and lower traffic volumes. Some lead to protected crossings like controlled intersections and pedestrian overpasses. Edmonton has 105 km of bike routes, including:

  • Signed on street bike routes
  • Service road routes

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For more information:

Transportation Planning

13th Floor, Century Place
9803 – 102A Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta
T5J 3A3

Telephone 780-496-1795
Email cycling@edmonton.ca