Cycling Safety

Bicycle education is an important key to increasing the safety and awareness of active transportation, especially cycling. Safety is not only a concern for on-road cycling, but also along multi-use trails where cyclists, in-line skaters and pedestrians are all sharing the same space.

Cycling safety videos

Cycling Laws in Oakville Video
Share the Road video
Share the Road — Stay Back video
CAA Bike Assist video series
Riding in Traffic - GranFondo Canada safety video

Trail etiquette

  • Stay on marked trails; signs will help guide your way
  • Keep to the right
  • Keep all pets on a leash and be sure to clean up after them
  • Be aware of poison ivy and giant hogweed
  • Note and obey all signage

Oakville cycling laws

Trick riding

No cyclist shall indulge in trick riding or otherwise ride so as to prevent the full use of both hands to control the bicycle when travelling on a roadway or multi-use trail.

Riding side by side

No cyclist shall ride a bicycle on any roadway beside another bicycle except in the course of passing another bicycle.

Parking

No person shall park a bicycle on any roadway, shoulder, cycle lane or multi-use trail.

Sidewalks

Cycling on town sidewalks is prohibited, except for children under the age of 11 years old, with wheel diameters that do not exceed 51 centimetres or 20 inches. A parent, guardian or other adult may also ride a bicycle on the sidewalk while accompanying the child. Every rider of a bicycle, when approaching a pedestrian on a sidewalk, shall give adequate warning of their approach and shall take every necessary precaution to avoid a collision and shall give pedestrians the right-of-way. Furthermore, cycling on sidewalks in downtown Oakville, Kerr or Bronte business districts is prohibited.

Parks and trails

Cyclists are required to have proper equipment as per the Ontario regulations when utilizing any parks and trails within the town. All motorized vehicles are prohibited, including e-bikes, in all areas other than the designated roadway space.

Harbours, wharfs and piers

Cycling is prohibited in these areas.

Ontario cycling laws

Bicycle helmets

It is strongly recommended that all cyclists, regardless of age, wear an approved bicycle helmet. Your personal safety is your responsibility. However, Ontario law mandates that anyone under the age of 18 must wear a helmet. Parents or guardians shall not knowingly permit cyclists under 16 years old to ride without a helmet

Lights

A bicycle must have a white front light and a red rear light or reflector if you ride between half hour before sunset and half after sunrise, and white reflective tape on the front forks, and red reflective tape on the rear forks.

Bell

A bicycle must have a bell or a horn in good working order.

Brakes

A bicycle must have at least one brake system on the rear wheel. When you apply the brakes, you should be able to skid on dry, level pavement.

Roadway rules

Slow moving traffic

Any vehicle or cyclist moving slower than the normal traffic speed should drive in the right-hand lane, or as close as possible to the right edge of the road except when preparing to turn left or when passing another vehicle. For cyclists, you must ride far enough out from the curb to maintain a straight line, clear of sewer grates, debris, potholes, and parked car doors. You may occupy any part of a lane when your safety warrants it.

One-way streets

Ride in the designated direction on one-way streets.

Crosswalks

Stop for pedestrians at crosswalks. Dismount and walk your bike when crossing within a crosswalk, at a midblock trail location or pedestrian crossover location.

Identification

Cyclists must stop and identify themselves when required to stop by police for breaking traffic laws. The police officer will ask you for your correct name and street address.

Expressways

Bicycles are prohibited on highways such as the QEW and the 400 series highways, and on roads where “No Bicycle” signs are posted.

Passengers

Passengers are not allowed on a bicycle designated for one person.