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Edmonton has over 160 km of shared pathways and shared trails to enjoy! 

Shared pathways can be used for both recreation and commuting. They allow Edmontonians to safely enjoy the outdoors - on your bike, on your feet, or with your dog.

Let’s learn to use the ‘Language of the Path’ to communicate clearly and stay safe on our shared pathways.

On Your Bike:

  • Ring your bell to pass
  • Pass on the left
  • Slow down and use caution

On Your Feet:

  • Move right so that others can safely pass
  • Be aware and listen for people passing

With Your Dog:

  • Keep your dog leashed unless in an off-leash area
  • Ensure your dog does not lunge at others

Shared Pathways (Paved)

Shared Pathways are paved, off-street paths made for many activities. You can bike, walk, run, scoot, blade, and more (unless otherwise indicated by signage).

Bikes are allowed to ride on sidewalks that are designated as a shared pathway. Shared pathways are typically 2.5 meters or wider and are marked with signs that indicate that they are shared by people on bikes and pedestrians.

A complete list of shared-use sidewalks is available under Class 1 Bicycle Highways of the Traffic Listing Document.

Shared Trails (Unpaved)

Shared Trails are paths that are typically hard packed with gravel, wood chips or dirt. You can bike, walk, run and more except where otherwise indicated by local signage. Shared trails generally include activities such as  walking and cycling, but also includes horse riding in designated areas.

Rules for Trails and Parks

Shared pathways and Trails are used for a variety of activities, including walking, running and cycling.

Park and Trail Hours

Hours of Operation: 5am-11pm daily

Parks and trails are monitored by Park Rangers, who provide bylaw enforcement and education to park users.

Trail and Shared Pathway Safety

People on bikes are responsible for following these rules:

  • Bicycles must have a working bell. Park rangers can issue a $100 ticket to trail users who do not have one.
  • Bike riders must sound their bell before passing slower trail users. Park rangers can issue a $250 ticket to trail users who fail to alert people ahead of them before passing.
  • Slow down when you approach slower users and pass on the left side.
  • Obey trail signs and park closures.
  • Do not bike on or disturb trails that are less than 0.5 meters wide, as they are part of the natural landscape or wildlife routes.
Rules For Sidewalks

Shared-Use Path SignCycling on the sidewalk is not permitted except for bikes with a 50 centimetres wheel diameter or less, such as kids’ bikes.

Standard size bicycles are only allowed on signed, shared sidewalks that are 2.5 meters wide or greater and shared pathways.

Where permitted by signs to use a sidewalk, always give right-of-way to pedestrians and always give audible warning of your approach.

Cycling on Sidewalks Factsheet

For More Information

311 Contact Centre

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Telephone

In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

TTY 780-944-5555
Email 311@edmonton.ca

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