A better way to get around - Cycling

Hand signals
Let other people know what you're doing
Using hand signals does not require a great deal of effort on your part. But it does make a tremendous difference for the other cyclists and motorists who share the road with you. Do you remember what the hand signals for turning and stopping are? Watch this video to find out – and see how easy it really is! (in french)

Biking with kids
Help your child become a responsible, rule-abiding road user and make the most of the cycling experience.

Should parents ride ahead? Or behind?
When parents go cycling with their children, they have two choices: riding in front of them or riding in back. If you take the lead, you can anticipate potential problems and act accordingly. On the other hand, if you stay behind, you can observe and comment on your child's progress along the way. The choice is up to you!

In the street or on the sidewalk?
Bicycles are not allowed on sidewalks – sidewalks are meant for the exclusive use of pedestrians. However, in the interest of safety, we feel that children 9 and under can bike on sidewalks, as long as they maintain a reasonable speed (no faster than 10 km/h).

In some circumstances, cyclists may be temporarily diverted onto a sidewalk for their protection, but these situations are exceptions and not the rule.

We have made several videos (in french) that address the topic of road safety and sharing the roadway.

Types of cycling routes

Bicycle lanes

Bicycle lanes are intended strictly for use by cyclists, for reasons of convenience and safety. However, in some situations, vehicles may need to cross a bicycle lane to park or turn. Cyclists riding in a bicycle lane may be required to leave it to bypass an obstacle or make a left turn. Many bicycle lanes remain accessible all year-round and are cleared in the winter, just like the rest of the street.

Adjacent to other traffic lanes
Defined by a line painted on the pavement
Always unidirectional
On-road lanes located to the right of automobile traffic lanes

Designated shared roadways

A designated shared roadway is a street or road that is officially recognized as a bikeway and is used by both cyclists and motorists. Signs showing a bicycle and a car, as well as bicycle-and-chevron or bicycle-and-arrow road markings, indicate the presence of a greater number of cyclists.

Bicycle paths

Bicycle paths are physically separated from other traffic lanes, making them very comfortable and safe. They can be off-road, on-road or at sidewalk level.

Paved shoulders

Adjacent to other traffic lanes
Defined by a line painted on the pavement
Always unidirectional
Found on urban and rural roadways where parking is not allowed