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Cycling Safely - Legal

Bike tire riding on pavement

Trying to understand where you’re legally allowed to ride a bike? Rules can vary from municipality to municipality.

Places where you can bike

On the roads

A bicycle is considered a vehicle under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act. Cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities to obey all traffic laws as other road users. A bike travelling on a roadway at less than the normal speed of traffic should stay as close as possible to the right hand curb or edge of the roadway. You can legally ride your bike on any road in Ontario unless:

  • The road is an expressway or freeway highway (such as Highway 401 or 407).
  • “No Bicycle” signs are posted.

On multi-use trails

There are numerous kilometres of trails for cycling, walking/hiking and inline skating in Durham Region.