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

Quiet Streets


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.


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 quiet streets, that are not very busy.


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. 


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.


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's wayfinding program installs signs along and near Cycling Network routes, in order to help people navigate the City by bike.  The Cycling Network's routes are named after the dominant street name which the route follows.  The primary goal of the Cycling Network's wayfinding signage is to help cyclists identify nearby cycling routes to inform their travel decisions.  The signs also identify parks, transit stations and destinations such as public libraries to help situate Cycling Network routes within neighbourhoods.

Prior to the adoption of these wayfinding standards in 2015, the City coded it's cycling network routes with numbers.  North-south routes are signed as odd numbered routes (1, 3, 5..) and east-west routes are signed as even numbered routes (2, 4, 6...).  These numbered cycling routes are smallest at the soutwestern corner of the City (Etobicoke Lake Shore) and get larger the further north and east you go.  

The numbered routes are no longer being installed.  As the City's program to "Renew" the Cycling Network's existing routes is undertaken, the numbered routes will be upgraded according to the name-based wayfinding standard.