Building a bike-friendly city for you
Kingston won Bike-Friendly Community Bronze recognition from the Share the Road Cycling Coalition in 2012 for investing in its cycling infrastructure. The City, along with the Kingston Coalition for Active Transportation and Cycle Kingston, promotes cycling as an active, environmentally-friendly and economical form of transportation (did you know is costs about $10,000 a year to own a car). It's also a great way to enjoy the beauty of Kingston. See the cycling and pathways study for plans to make Kingston even more bike-friendly by developing our bikeway and trails.
Review the rules of the road below and explore the cycling skills and other links and documents on this page to learn how to make the best and safest use of your bicycle on roads, trails – and Kingston Transit's popular Rack & Roll program, which lets you cycle part way and ride the rest.
Remember: always wear a helmet and use a light at night.
Sharrows – cycling symbols painted on the road – do not change the use of the road but are intended to assist cyclists by suggesting a line of travel.
The City first introduced Sharrows in the summer of 2011. With guidance of Cycle Kingston, Kingston Coalition of Active Transportation, and the Kingston Velo Club, the Sharrow drawings were fine-tuned when added to the La Salle Causeway in June 2013. The first week of August 2014 Sharrows will be added on Brock and Johnson streets between Division and King.
Rules of the Road apply to all vehicles
The official rules of the road are laid out in Part 10 of the Ontario Highway Traffic Act. Both automobiles and bicycles are legally considered vehicles under this Act, so cyclists need to know and obey the same rules as motorists to enjoy using the roadways. See the Roadsharing Guide developed with Cycle Kingston according to these rules of the road means that:
- Cyclists moving slower than the normal traffic speed should drive in the right-hand lane, or as safely to the right side as is practical (except when preparing to turn left).
- Cyclists have the right to use a full lane of traffic when travelling on the right side of the roadway is hazardous or does not allow them to maintain a straight predictable line.
- Cyclists belong on the road, not the sidewalk, because bicycles are vehicles.
- Motorists and cyclists must obey road signage, markings and traffic signals.
- Motorists and cyclists must signal their intention to turn or stop.
- Motorists and cyclists should drive/ride responsibly and defensively, be properly equipped, watch for hazards, and make sure they are seen and drive/ride in a predictable manner.
Know The Signs
Bicycle Route Marker Sign
These signs identify routes that are part of Kingston's On-road Bikeway. Unlike the signs that indicate exclusive cycling lanes, bicycle route signs do not have a regulatory function.
Reserved Bicycle Lane Sign
The Reserved Bicycle Lane sign informs motorists that a specific lane on the road is designated for exclusive use by bicycle.
These signs are used to inform motorists and cyclists that a roadway is to be shared and may be placed where a designated bicycling lane comes to an end.
These signs are used to warn motorists and cyclists that cyclists may use the full lane ahead and that the lane is too narrow for side-by-side operation.
Sharrows remind road users to share the road and offer line-of-travel guidance to cyclists.