Courtesy and Safety on the Capital Pathway

Photo of a pedestrian and a cyclist on a recreational path
Courtesy and Safety on the Capital Pathway

Share the Path

Over the past decade, the number of pathway users (including pedestrians, runners, cyclists, in-line skaters and people with mobility impairments) has increased sharply. The following rules are aimed at keeping the pathways safe and fun for everyone.

Rules for cyclists

Be courteous Yield to pedestrians.
Be safe Cycle at a safe speed (maximum 20 km/hr.).
Be vigilant Keep to the right.
Be visible Wear bright or reflective clothing; make sure that your bike is equipped with lights.
Be predictable Sound your bell or call out before passing.

Additional Courtesy and Safety Rules for Cyclists and In-line Skaters

  • The pathways are for recreational use. To ensure safety and enjoyment for everyone, faster cyclists and groups of cyclists are encouraged to use other, more suitable routes.
  • Pass only on the left, after first making sure that the lane is clear ahead and behind.
  • Travel in single file.
  • In-line skaters: use of poles is prohibited.

Additional Courtesy and Safety Rules for All Pathway Users

  • Check behind and ahead of you before moving across the pathway or turning.
    • Share the paths by keeping to the right so that other users can pass.
    • Keep your music low to be able to hear others’ bells and warnings. 
  • Move completely off the pathway when stopping.
  • Keep domestic animals on a leash, and clean up after them. Skiing, skating or cycling with your dog is not allowed on the pathways.
  • Know the cycling hand signals; if cycling, be sure to use hand signals.
    • Stop
    • Left turn
    • Right turn
    • Alternative right turn

Additional Courtesy and Safety Rules for All Pathway Users


Capital Pathway Safety Tips

  • Cyclists: wear a bicycle helmet.
  • In-line skaters: use wrist guards, and elbow, knee and head protection. Watch out for cracks in the asphalt.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Capital Pathway network, and know your route.
  • Stay on the designated recreational pathways, and avoid isolated areas.
  • Tell others where you are going.
  • Carry a cellphone or whistle.
  • Call 911 immediately if you suspect you are (or someone else is) in danger.
  • Report any other unsafe conditions (broken glass, potholes, etc.) to the NCC by calling 613-239-5353 or emailing us at