Bike Safety

Information for Cyclists

Riding a bike is a great way to get around St. Albert. Here’s what you need to know if you’re a cyclist!

Using a Crosswalk

  • Pedestrian crossings mean you become the pedestrian. You are no longer considered a pedestrian if you are on a bike. When you approach a crosswalk, you are required to dismount your bike fully and walk it across the street.

Riding on Sidewalks & Trails

  • In St. Albert, bikes are allowed on sidewalks and trails, but you must share the path with others! Watch for pedestrians, entrances and exits to driveways and parking lots. Always ride defensively to avoid collisions with pedestrians and vehicles! 

Wear Bright Clothing & Use Hand Signals

  • Wear reflective gear and bright clothing to help drivers see you. Use hand signals to tell other road users your intentions!

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Rules of the Road

  • Wear a helmet! It’s the law in St. Albert for all cyclists, no matter what age. 
  • Obey all street signs and signals.
  • Ride in single file when riding with friends.
  • No “doubling” on bikes. One seat, one rider.

Information for Parents

Kids can’t wait to start riding their bikes. Here are some great tips parents can use to help ensure their kids stay safe!

Wear a Helmet

  • In St. Albert, it’s the law that ALL bike riders must wear helmets. The law applies to both riders and passengers, including children in bicycle trailers.
  • Positive role modelling helps to ensure that children will wear their helmets.
  • Adults, youth and children who choose their bike helmets are more likely to wear it every time.
  • The manufacturer’s instructions provide detailed information about the use and care of helmets.
  • Second-hand helmets are not recommended.
  • If a helmet has been impacted or cracked, even if you can’t see the damage, replace it.
  • Ensure the straps are adjusted properly.

Check the Bike Regularly

Use this checklist and ensure that the:

  • Tires are inflated properly
  • Seat is secure and adjusted
  • Brakes are working
  • Bell or horn is present and working
  • Chain is oiled and tight
  • Front and rear of the bike and its pedals have reflectors.

Contact your local Bike Shop if you have any concerns or are unsure.

Teach Your Child the Rules of the Road

Fitting a Child to a Bike

Ensure the bike for your child is the right size. If a bike is too big or too small, it can be difficult to handle on the road. Can your child:

  • Touch the ground while seated?
  • Reach the handlebars and turn them easily?

Once again, your local Bike Shop will help properly fit a bike to your child.

To see the rules for bicyclists in St. Albert, review Part 4 - Rules for Pedestrians and Bicyclists in the St. Albert Traffic Bylaw. 

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Last edited: November 29, 2019