The Region of Peel Cyclists Handbook
Join thousands of people in Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon who ride bicycles because it’s convenient, healthy, inexpensive and fun.
This handbook will teach you about your bicycle, our traffic laws and safe cycling habits. When riding your bike, always remember to use your best judgement, take your time, and have fun!
Bike Lanes in Brampton
The City is building a network of well-connected bike lanes and recreational trails that will make travel by bike a safe and desirable option for school, work, recreation, and other trips. Here are some examples of existing and future types of bike facilities you will find in Brampton.
- Bike Lanes
Bike lanes are lanes dedicated exclusively for use by cyclists through a combination of pavement markings and signage. Bike lanes are most appropriate on collectors or minor arterial roads, depending on the speed and volume of traffic.
- Bike Signals
Separate signal head for cyclists are provided for some cycling facilities, depending on the location and phasing requirements of cyclists. The signals are recognizable from other traffic signals by the bike symbol.
Crossrides are intersection treatments that allow cyclists to legally ride through an intersection without dismounting. Crossrides consist of pavement markings with elephant’s feet (white square markings) and bicycle symbols.
- Cycle Tracks
Cycle tracks (also referred to as protected bike lanes or separated bike lanes) are enhanced cycling facilities that provide some form of physical protection between cyclists and moving cars – it could be bollards, curbs, or parked cars, as examples. Cycle tracks are most appropriate on arterial roads, depending on the speed and volume of traffic.
- Multi-Use Paths & Recreational Trails
Multi-use paths are located off-road, either in the boulevard of a roadway or through land without any roads. Both pedestrians and cyclists can use these facilities, and pavement markings and signage can help to clarify how users should share the path.
- Urban Shoulders
Urban shoulders are the same width as a bicycle lane, but are not used just for bicycles – they can also be used for on-street parking. Urban shoulders are typically implemented as an interim measure to provide a local cycling connection to area schools, businesses, trails and recreation centres. Once an overall connected cycling network is established, these urban shoulders can easily be converted into designated bicycle lanes.