Find out the answers for the most frequently asked questions on bike routes.
On-street bike routes, such as bike lanes and shared-use roadways, are specially designed facilities to support safe and efficient bicycle transportation on roadways. The bike infrastructure that makes up these routes may include protected bike lanes, painted bike lanes and shared roadways. Bicycles are permitted on any road in Edmonton.
Indicate the shared use of a roadway between motorists and cyclists.
Are for bicycle use only, lanes are identified by a solid white line with a diamond symbol and bicycle.
Have a physical barrier separating the bike lane from moving and parked cars. These lanes can be either raised to the level of the sidewalk, or will have a physical barrier making biking and cycling more comfortable. Protected bike lanes may allow for travel in one or both directions.
The Downtown Bike Network is 7.8 km of protected bike lanes, shared-use paths and shared roadways helping to lower traffic within Edmonton’s core. The network reaches within two blocks of many destinations providing cycling opportunities for all ages and abilities to travel to different events, festivals and locations in Downtown.
You can also use the Bike Rack Map to find out where you can lock up your bike.
Cyclists may use a contraflow bike lane to travel against vehicle traffic on a one-way street. An example of this is can be found along the 83 Avenue from 96 Street to 99 Street, where vehicle traffic is one-way flowing east.
No. Although cyclists are encouraged to use the bike lanes, cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicles and therefore may ride outside the bike lane.
A cyclist making a left hand turn, may join the flow of motor vehicle traffic and turn left from the left turn lane.
Motorists May Cross
Bike lanes are dashed to indicate to motorists that they may cross the bike lane for certain manoeuvres, provided they have checked and it is safe to do so.
The bike lane is dashed before intersections, allowing the motor vehicle to move to the right to make a right turn.
At some intersections, there will be breaks in the protective barrier to allow cyclists to merge out of a bike lane and into the driving lane in order to make a left or right turn.
Motor vehicles may cross the bike lane when turning into accesses or driveways along the roadway, or when parking is permitted between the curb and the bicycle lane. Motorists should first check for cyclists in the bike lane and cross only when it is safe to do so. Motorists cannot stop, park or encroach on the bike lane.
At bus stops, the bike lane is dashed to indicate that the bus can pull across the bicycle lane, and to notify the cyclist that buses will be pulling over.
Cyclists are required to yield to stopped buses as any motor vehicle would be expected to. 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 run into people getting on or off the bus.
To ensure roads can accommodate motorized vehicles and bicycles, permanent parking bans will be set up in areas along bike routes where there is limited roadway width. These parking bans are required to help the operation of the bike lanes.