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Cycle Tracks

What are Cycle Tracks?

Cycle tracks are dedicated cycling facilities that are located alongside the road but are physically separated from vehicular traffic by either a curb or buffer space. Depending on the style of cycle track, they may be at the same or different level as the sidewalk.

Cycle tracks are for cycling only and are distinct from sidewalks as they are made of asphalt, whereas sidewalks are made of concrete.

Cycle tracks are predominantly one-way and typically follow the direction of traffic.

Cycle tracks provide a number of benefits over conventional bike lanes as they:

  • Provide a safer and more attractive option for cycling than do shared lanes or painted bike lanes 
  • Reduce cycling collisions involving parked cars and the opportunity of “dooring” collisions
  • Reduce obstructions caused by parked / stopped motor vehicles
  • Provide greater distance between motor vehicles and bicycles
  • Appeal to a wider cross-section of bicycle users

What do Cycle Tracks Look Like?

Cycle Tracks are adjacent to vehicle travel lanes and physically separated from motor vehicle traffic through the use of a combination of curbs, buffers, and bollards.

Cycle Tracks in London

Cycle tracks were a key recommendation of the Cycling Master Plan, and provide for enhanced cyclist comfort and connectivity in the downtown. London’s first cycle track is being built on Colborne Street, between Dufferin Avenue and Horton Street.

Cycle Track FAQs

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  • What are some tips for pedestrians approaching Cycle Tracks?
    • When crossing a cycle track, watch for cyclists
    • Avoid loitering or queuing onto the cycle track
    • Always obey all traffic signs and signals
  • What are some tips for cyclists using Cycle Tracks?
    • Never travel the wrong way down a one-way cycle track.
    • Always enter an intersection cautiously along the marked cross-ride and watch for turning vehicles to ensure that they are yielding.
    • Be aware of other road users who may enter the cycle track; watch particularly for:
      • Vehicles entering / exiting driveways (drivers who are reversing out of a driveway may have limited sight distance);
      • Pedestrians moving between the sidewalk and the road (to / from parked cars, boarding / exiting buses, or crossing the street)
    • Yield to pedestrians crossing the cycle track at marked crosswalks, and at bus stops and school drop-off / pick-up zones
    • Travel at a reasonable speed that allows you to stop if necessary
    • Ring your bell when passing other cyclists and pedestrians
    • Always obey all traffic signs and signals
  • What are some tips for drivers approaching Cycle Tracks?
    • When entering an intersection, watch and yield to cyclists in the cycle track.
    • When making a turn, be hyper vigilant for cyclists and pedestrians who are crossing the intersection.
    • Watch for cyclists in the cycle track when entering / exiting driveways.
    • Be cautious if you need to reverse out of a driveway along the cycle track, particularly if your line of sight is limited.
    • Always travel at a reasonable speed that allows you to stop if necessary.
    • Always obey all traffic signs and signals.
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