Tips for Cycling Safely
- Wear a properly fitted, CSA approved helmet.
- Share the road with other cyclists and motorists.
- Ride with the traffic, not against the traffic.
- Obey all traffic signals and signs – just like when driving or walking.
- Bicycles with tires smaller than 40 centimetres are welcome to use the sidewalk.
- Use arm signals for turning or changing lanes.
- Install reflectors, bells and headlights, as well as wear high-visibility clothing.
For more cycling and safety tips, check out SGI’s website.
All cyclist should wear a helmet to prevent head injuries. It helps protect your brain from absorbing the force of an impact and decreases your risk of a serious head injury by up to 85%.
- Helmets should fit snugly. Use foam pads or an adjuster to get a snug fit.
- The helmet should be level, parallel to the ground.
- Form a ‘V’ with the chin straps, directly under the earlobe.
- The straps should be just tight enough to allow one finger between the straps and your chin when fastened.
- Personalize your helmet in your favourite colour and style.
The City is progressing on the Transportation Master Plan by investing in bike lanes, pathways and new sidewalks to promote active transportation and healthier communities. One of the goals in the TMP is to create a comprehensive bike network that will connect people to destinations and activities citywide. Bike lanes help to make cycling more safe, accessible and attractive for all users to get around our community. The City is investing $250,000 per year from 2019-2023, for a total of $1.25 million over five years.
Bicycle routes and lanes provide an environmentally friendly transportation alternative. It’s important to understand how Bicycle Only lanes work, as well as the various types of bicycle lanes. There’s room for everyone, so share the road with other cyclists and motorists.
- Shared-Use Lanes have wider than usual lane widths and are shared with parked vehicles and cyclists.
- Bicycle Only Lanes have narrower than usual lane widths and are dedicated for use by cyclists only.
On-street bike lanes can be found on:
- Park Street – 17th Avenue to Douglas Avenue
- Broad Street/Wascana Parkway between Lakeshore Drive and Research Drive
- Assiniboine Avenue from Park Street to 100m E of University Park Drive
- McCarthy Boulevard from Brunskill Place to Whelan Drive
- Smith Street from Victoria Avenue to College Avenue (one-way)
- Lorne Street from College Avenue to 12th Avenue (one-way)
- Chuka Boulevard from Green Falls Drive to Buckingham Drive
- Wascana Gate South
Understanding Bike Lanes
Park Street's parking lane is unique in Regina as it is located away from the curb. The parking lane functions much like other parking lanes do, except that the edge of the bike lane buffer acts the same as the curb. It is marked by “P” stencils where parking is permitted. Note that in some places the buffer is a dashed line, parking is not permitted here.
The buffer is located on the outside of the bike lane, separating the parking lane from the cycling lane. This space is used to protect cyclists from being hit by car doors when passengers are getting out of cars. In places where the buffer is a double solid line, parking is permitted adjacent to it. Where it is a single dashed line, parking is not permitted.
In some places the buffer is a single dashed line, parking is not permitted here.
These platforms are installed on Park Street to help transit users cross the bike lane and board transit vehicles. Transit users should wait outside of the bike lane until the bus arrives. When the bus has arrived, transit users can cross the bike lane to board. Cyclists must yield to pedestrians crossing the bike lane to board a bus.
Areas marked with a “BUS” stencil in the parking lane are reserved for a bus stop. No stopping or parking is permitted here.
The Park Street Bike Lane is bi-directional, meaning that cyclists bike in both directions in the same bike lane. A dashed line down the middle splits the bike lane into two different lanes. Cyclists may pass each other in the bike lane much like they would on a road, by merging into the opposite direction lanes and then merging back once the pass has been completed.