Where is it Legal to Bike?
Trying to understand where you’re legally allowed to ride a bike? Rules can vary from place to place.
Places where you can bike
On the roads
A bicycle is considered a vehicle under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act. Cyclist’s have the same rights and responsibilities to obey all traffic laws as other road users. You can legally ride your bike on any road in Ontario unless:
- The road is an expressway or freeway highway (such as the 401 or QEW).
- “No Bicycle” signs are posted.
To learn more:
- Visit the Ministry of Transportation’s “Vehicles that can operate on roads: Bicycle” section for more guidelines on riding your bike on Ontario roads.
- Visit Ontario's Guide to Safe Cycling for more detailed information on cycling regulations and fines.
On the multi-use trails
- There are over 1300 kilometres of trails for cycling, walking/hiking and rollerblading in Peel Region.
- Use our Interactive Trails Map to find Peel trails and paths in Peel.
- Get more details on trails by muncipality:
Places where you shouldn’t bike
On the sidewalk
- According to City of Mississauga and City of Brampton by-laws, bikes with wheels greater than 50 cm (20 inches) in diameter are not permitted on city sidewalks unless:
- The sidewalk is part of a bicycle path, or
- The rider is directly crossing a sidewalk.
- Most children's bikes have wheels small enough to be allowed to cycle on sidewalks.
These by-laws allow children to cycle on the sidewalk until they develop the skills to handle themselves safely in traffic.