Along the Thames River, the City has developed a multi-use pathway system that stretches over 30 kilometres and extends into neighbourhoods. Pathways are surfaced with asphalt and between 2.4 and 4 metres wide for two-way use. Users of the path system are to keep to the right to ensure the safety of all the users. Future projects and upgrades are expected for the pathway system which will eliminate road crossings and improve neighbourhood connections.
Share the Pathway
Users should allow room for others to pass. Joggers, in-line skaters and bicyclists should avoid running in packs. Bicycling is not permitted on dirt hiking trails in Environmentally Significant Areas.
Use Appropriate Path
Where twinned sections of pathway exist, use the appropriate path as posted. Cyclists and skaters on asphalt paths and walkers and joggers on gravel paths.
Keep to the Right
All pathway users must keep to the right except when passing. Yield to pedestrians; they have the right-of-way on multi-use pathways.
Control Your Pet
London's Dog By-law requires pets to be leashed while in the park and on the pathway. Owners are reminded to clean up after their pets and keep leashes short and to the right.
Cyclists yield to in-line skaters. Cyclists and in-line skaters must yield to pedestrians. Pedestrians always have the right-of-way.
Do not disturb or feed wildlife. Keep to pathways to protect habitat. Do not collect plant or animal material. Bicycling is not permitted on dirt hiking trails in Environmentally Significant Areas.
Ride slowly down hills, under and across bridges, where pathways curve sharply, and where pedestrian traffic is heavy. Reduce your speed when pathway is busy.
Warn Others When Passing
When approaching slower path users, sound your bell, yell, or call out, then pass safely on the left, when opposite lane is clear.
Watch for surface hazards like broken glass, gravel and potholes. Be sure that the pathway is clear of obstructions ahead. Contact the City at 519 661-4570 to report hazards on the path.
Stop, dismount and walk across roadways or other posted locations. When crossing across the flow of traffic, cross only when it is safe to do so.
The City of London has designated a number of on-street routes and off-street bike paths. Please use caution and follow safe bicycling rules, some of which are listed below.
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Use Hand Signals
Signal all turns and stops ahead of time, then make
Use Appropriate Lane
Avoid being in a right turn only lane if you plan to proceed straight through. Move into the straight through lane early.
Ride in a Straight LineAvoid dodging between parked cars. Ride in a straight line at least one metre away from the curb to allow room for moving around road hazards.
Be careful at Intersections
The majority of accidents occur at intersections. Proceed with care.
Scan the Road Behind
Shoulder check regularly and use a mirror to monitor traffic. Although bicycles have equal rights to the road be prepared to manoeuvre.
Signal your intentions in advance. Move to the left turning lane, and complete the turn when it is safe.
Make Eye Contact
Confirm that you are seen. Establish eye contact with motorists to confirm your presence on the roadway.
Use Lights at Night
Always use a strong white headlight and a red taillight at night or when visibility is poor. Use Bike reflectors and reflective clothing.
Share the road. Motorists and cyclist get along much better when showing courtesy and consideration towards each other.
Beware of Car Doors
Be wary of parked cars. Motorists can unexpectedly open doors. Be particularly careful if you see a motorists in the car.