Cycle Safety

How to use Vaughan's Cycle Tracks


Be Seen. Be Heard. Be Safe.


Did you know? Ontario Law requires:


  • White reflective tape on the front forks and red reflective tape on the rear forks
  • A white front light and a red rear light
  • A bell or horn that works
  • Wear a helmet if under the age of 18



Cycling Etiquette

When sharing space with pedestrians:

  • Keep to the right
  • Pass on the left when safe to do so
  • Yield to pedestrians (slow down around pedestrians)
  • Let pedestrians know you are approaching with a friendly greeting or by ringing your bell


When riding on a cycle track, bike lane or on the road:

  • Travel in the same direction as motorists
  • Stop at traffic lights and stop signs
  • Use hand signals to communicate your intentions with motorists and pedestrians


Under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act (HTA), a bicycle is considered a vehicle and cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities to obey all traffic laws as motorists.


Cycling etiquette is applicable to those riding a conventional bicycle as well as an electric bicycle as defined by the province of Ontario. For more information visit: Riding an e-bike |


Riding an E-bike


A power-assisted bicycle, also called an electric bicycle or e-bike, is a bicycle with an electric motor that has:

  • a handlebar for steering
  • working pedals
  • two or tree wheels
  • an electric motor
  • braking systems


E-bikes must meet certain requirements to be legally operated on roads in Ontario. This includes weight and speed limits of 120 kgs and 32 km/h, respectively. 


When riding an e-bike, you must:

  • be 16 or older
  • wear an approved bicycle or motorcycle helmet
  • keep your e-bike in good working order
  • follow the same rules of the road as other cyclists


For more information visit: Riding an e-bike |