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.
Walking and Cycling to School
Active transportation means using people power to get where you’re going! You can use your feet, bike, scooter, or any other form of non-motorized vehicle to get you to your destination.
Did you know?! Active Transportation…
- Helps to promote well-being and positive mental health, including reducing day to day stress
- Increases physical fitness/activity, including helping to lower risks of chronic disease such as obesity and/or diabetes.
- Increases the ability to learn, improves concentration, and helps your children do better in school.
- Help to reduce traffic congestion in and around school zones which means safer streets for everyone.
- Helps to reduce your climate impact and the harmful effects of air pollution.
Make Active Transportation Your #1 Choice
1. Make walking or rolling to school your first choice! If it were up to the kids, they would choose walking or rolling to school as their first choice. Why not make it your first choice too? Even if your school is far from home, students can walk to the bus stop! Consider different ways a pick-up or drop-off routine could include stepping out of your car and completing your journey to school by walking or rolling.
2. Plan and practice! As a household you can begin to practice your route to school together. You can also encourage children to walk or roll on their own, with siblings, or friends, depending on their age and maturity.