Check if your bike is in working condition before you ride, and make sure you have everything you need to ride safely.
Always perform a safety check on your bicycle before you ride. Use this quick and easy “A, B, C” guide to help you remember which parts of the bicycle to check.
We offer free bike safety and repair webinars, program and workshops through the Mississauga Library.
Wearing a helmet is a legal requirement for people under the age of 18 in Ontario. However, it’s strongly recommended for all cyclists.
Bicycles are legally required to be equipped with a bell or horn, lights and reflectors, as well as reflective tape.
Be safe, seen and courteous when you’re on multi-use trails, shared pathways and crossrides.
When riding on roads, cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities to obey all traffic laws as other road users (like cars and trucks) under Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act (HTA) and can be fined for committing HTA offences.
Follow these rules and etiquette to protect yourself and keep others safe.
A crossride is a clearly marked space at an intersection where cyclists do not have to dismount and can legally ride through the intersection on their bicycle.
Located where multi-use trails or cycle tracks cross a road, crossrides are identified with a line of painted squares on both sides of the crossing, and may also include painted bicycle marks. A crossride may be located next to a pedestrian crosswalk or on its own.
Pay attention to the signs at or near a crossride that explain how cyclists, pedestrians and drivers should approach the intersection.
A bike head start signal, also referred to as a Leading Bike Interval (LBI), provides a “ride” indication before the release of vehicular traffic in the same direction of travel. In Mississauga, the bike head start signal appears five seconds before the green traffic light for vehicles.
This enhances safety at intersections by increasing visibility of cyclists in the intersection and reinforcing their right-of-way over turning vehicles. It is used to encourage motorists to yield to cyclists already in the crossride and is particularly helpful for cyclists who may take longer to enter the crossride at the start of the ride interval.
Similar to any other intersection, cyclists are expected to enter the intersection only when the ride signal is showing. Once the yellow signal is activated, you must not begin crossing the road.
As part of our commitment to Vision Zero, in 2023 staff will begin updating bike signals at intersections where accessible signals are in place to include a bike head start signal.
An e-scooter is a two-wheeled device that the rider operates while standing. They are battery-operated and equipped with a hand brake, lights, bell and kickstand.
As the use of this mode of transportation has become more common, the City implemented an e-scooter pilot and updated its Parks By-law, Traffic By-law and Transit By-law to regulate where e-scooters can be operated in Mississauga.
During this pilot period, learn and follow the City’s rules and etiquette for e-scooter riders, including where you can operate these devices and how to travel on MiWay transit with your e-scooter.