Cycling Network

Pavement Markings and Signs

Toronto's Cycle Tracks, multi-use trails, painted bicycle lanes and shared roadways connect to create a network of bikeways which may be used for transportation, or recreational cycling.  

Learn about the infrastructure which makes Toronto's different types of bikeways.  Different bikeway designs also have different bylaws which govern how they may be used by cyclists and motorists.

 

Read the City's "Understanding Bicycle Lanes" flyer

Fast, Busy Streets

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Cycle Tracks

City of Toronto is developing a number of Cycle Track routes to improve conditions for cycling by separating the cycling lane from motor vehicle traffic.

Toronto has built permanent cycle tracks with cement curbs, and is also piloting a number of routes using flexible bollards to separate the cycle track from motor vehicle traffic.

Separating the cycling lane from motor vehicle traffic is a way to make cycling more comfortable on fast, busy streets.

 

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White Bicycle Lanes

Bicycle lanes are marked with a solid white line, bicycle symbol, and white diamond marking.  The white diamond marking is the marking is the marking for a "reserved lane" which means that legally only bicycles may travel in this lane.  In this reserved lane motorists are not allowed to park, stand or drive.  

Painted bicycle lanes provided a dedicated space for cycling, where the traffic speeds and volumes are high enough that cyclists are not comfortable mixing with motor vehicle traffic.

Quiet Streets

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Developing Quiet Street Cycling Routes

Toronto is developing a number of new "Quiet Street" cycling routes, use pavement markings, traffic calming and signs to create cycling routes on quieter local streets.

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Shared Lane Pavement Markings (Sharrows)

Shared Lane Pavement Markings (or "Sharrows") are used in shared traffic lanes to indicate the ideal cyclist position in the lane and to remind drivers to share the road. Sharrows are marked on the roadway with two white chevrons and a bicycle symbol.

The best place to use sharrows are on quite streets, that are not very busy.

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Yellow Bicycle Lanes

Bicycle Lanes painted with a yellow line allow cyclists to travel two ways on streets that are one-way for all other vehicles.  This type of bicycle lane may also be called a "contra-flow" bicycle lane. 

Intersections

Bicycle Dots

Bicycle Actuated Signals

Bicycle actuated sigals are marked with three white dots on the pavement at intersections. To activate the traffic lights (from red to green), cyclists must come to a complete stop over the white dots.

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Bicycle Boxes at Intersections

Bicycle Boxes are used at intersections to designate a space for cyclists to wait in front of cars at a red light, and to proceed first when the light turns green. When the traffic signal is red motorists stop at a regular stop bar behind the painted area for cyclists.

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Multi-Use Trail Road Crossings

New Trail crossings are designed with parallel bike and pedestrian crossings. Cyclists should ride across the intersection in the marked bike crossing and not in the pedestrian crosswalk.

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Bikeway Network Wayfinding Signage

The City of Toronto has installed cycling route signage on most routes, to help cyclists navigate from one neighborhood to another.  North-south routes are signed as odd numbered routes (1,2,5....) and east-west routes are signed as even numbered routes (2,4,6...).

Toronto's numbered cycling routes are smallest at the southwestern corner of the City (Etobicoke Lake Shore) and get larger the further north and east you go.

The City is currently reviewing best practices for cycling wayfinding in order to augment Toronto's wayfinding for it's signed routes.