Mississauga features an extensive 331 km trail network that offers cyclists many opportunities to ride and explore the city. Aside from cycling, the trails are used for a variety of activities including walking, jogging and inline skating. With the increased usage over the summer months, it’s important for cyclists to share the trail and adhere to trail etiquette to ensure a safe and enjoyable environment for all trail users.
Top 5 Trail Safety tips for cyclists:
- Stay to the right side of the trail
- Pass other trail users on the left and use your bell
- Keep your speed low
- Be extra careful around families with young kids, teenagers and pets
- Be Courteous
Share the Road
The Share the Road Cycling Coalition is a provincial cycling advocacy organization working to build a bicycle-friendly Ontario. The City of Mississauga has partnered with the Ministry of Transportation and eight other municipalities to create an awareness campaign to promote Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act laws that make our roads safer for all who use them.
In 2015, Ontario’s laws changed to make our roads safer for all who use them. The Highway Traffic Act now states that when passing, motorists must leave at least one metre of space between their car and a person riding a bicycle. This means waiting to pass until the roadway ahead is free of other/oncoming traffic and leaving at least one metre when you do pass. Motorists may need to cross the centre line or change lanes in order to leave the required safe space.
People on bicycles will also face higher fines for cycling without proper lighting when required, as it is important to always be visible. Both of these changes are intended to save lives.