Navigate the Road - Drive and Cycle
Edmonton is a bike-friendly city. The City is constructing new on-street bike routes to help people choose cycling as a safe, healthy and efficient way to get around the city.
Bike infrastructure increases comfort for both motorists and cyclists, but the rules of the road still need to be followed. Knowing bike route signage helps everyone get along.
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.
The bike box makes 3 way intersections better for everyone.
The bike box makes 4 way intersections better for everyone.
What Are They?
- Dedicated exclusively to cyclists.
- There are three variations: solid lines, dashed lines, and a buffered zone.
- The buffered zone creates added space between the cyclist and motor vehicles.
- All are marked with an image of a bicycle and a diamond.
- 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.
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
The Bike Lane is dashed - what do I do?
Road Markings and Street Signs
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.
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.
Learn how to ride and drive on Edmonton’s Shared-Use Lanes.
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
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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