- Only bicycles with wheels less than 50 centimeter in diameter (children's bikes) are permitted on sidewalks
- Standard size bicycles are only allowed on signed, shared-use sidewalks that are 2.5 meters wide or greater
- Where permitted by signs to use a sidewalk, always give right-of-way to pedestrians and always give audible warning of your approach
- Be especially careful when re-entering roadways
Cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicles and must obey all rules of the road. They're allowed on all roads as well as shared-use pathways, bike lanes and bike routes.
In Edmonton, bicycles are not required to be licensed or registered. A bicycle license is not required for police officers to enforce the current traffic laws. Cyclists are accountable in the same way that motor vehicle drivers are, and may be ticketed in accordance with local and provincial legislation.
Give Each Other Space
Cyclists must ride as close to the curb as is safe and only ride in single file except when passing another vehicle. When cyclists and motorists pass one another, give each other space -- 1 metre (3 feet) is best. When 1 metre is not available cyclists should consider taking the lane.
Cyclists should not pass between two occupied vehicles, even if they are stopped at a red light.
Use caution and be mindful of the door zone when cycling past or exiting a parked car. The Door Zone is the area along the side of a parked car where an opening door can hit and seriously injure a cyclist.
When riding in a bike lane, ride on the left side of the lane-away from parked cars. Try to look inside each parked car before you pass. If you’re unable to see if someone is inside, or if you spot someone inside, move outside the Door Zone or slow down and pass carefully.
When parked on the side of the road, do a shoulder check, over your left shoulder before opening your door to ensure there are no oncoming cyclists. Opening the door with your right hand will remind you to do a shoulder check.
Trails and Parks
Edmonton’s multi-use paths and trails are used for a variety of activities, including walking, running and cycling. City parks are open from 5am to 11pm daily and are monitored by Park Rangers, who provide bylaw enforcement and education to park users. To ensure everyone’s safety and enjoyment of these trails, cyclists are responsible for following proper trail etiquette.
- Before you leave, test your bike bell. All bicycles must be equipped with a working bell or you could face a $100. Always obey trail signs and park closures.
- Do not bike or disturb trails that are less than 0.5 meters wide, as they are part of the natural landscape or wildlife routes.
- When passing pedestrians or slower trail users, cyclists are required to sound their bell early, slow down during their approach and pass slowly and safely on the left side. Failure to sound your bell to alert someone when passing is a $250 offence.