Cycling facilities

Guelph’s first bike box

At the intersection of Stone Road and Chancellor’s Way, a marked bike box gives cyclists a dedicated space to wait in front of cars at a red light. Right-turning drivers check to see that the bike box and bike lane are clear before turning right. Cyclists move through the intersection first when the light turns green and proceed into the bike lane. Bike boxes are being used in Vancouver and Toronto.

Guelph’s new cycling facilities are designed to make it safer and easier to go by bike.
Bike boxes and sharrows remind drivers and cyclists to look out for each other, and share the road.

A bike box can prevent collisions between drivers and cyclists at an intersection. A bike box is a marked space where cyclists wait in front of cars at a red light. Drivers can clearly see cyclists preparing to move through the intersection and, when the light turns green, cyclists proceed through the intersection first.

When the traffic signal is green

For drivers approaching a bike box

When the traffic signal is green

Move through the intersection as usual, sharing the road with cyclists. When turning right, check to see that the bike lane on your right is clear—cyclists may approach from behind you.

For cyclists approaching a bike box

When the traffic signal is green

Approach the intersection as usual. Use the bike lane to travel straight or turn right. Watch for right-turning vehicles.

When turning left, signal and merge in to the left turn lane before the intersection. Proceed through the intersection and into the bike lane.

When the traffic signal is red

For drivers approaching a bike box

When the traffic signal is amber or red

Stop at the stop line behind the marked bike box. Cyclists pull into the bike box in front of you where it’s easy for you to see them.

When the light turns green, proceed through the intersection as usual, with cyclists going first.

When turning right on a red light

Stop at the stop line behind the marked bike box. Signal and check to see that the bike box in front of you and the bike lane on your right are clear before turning.

For cyclists approaching a bike box

When the traffic signal is amber or red

Enter the bike box from the approaching bike lane—watching for right-turning vehicles. Stop in the marked bike box between the vehicle stop line and the crosswalk.

To prepare for a left turn, signal and move to the left of the bike box. When the light turns green proceed through the intersection and into the bike lane.

When turning right on a red light

Stop in the marked bike box. Watch for right-turning motorists. Signal and proceed into the bike lane.

Sharrows

Special road markings called sharrows notify drivers and cyclists of a change in road-sharing conditions. Sharrows are often used when a bike lane begins or ends. Sharrows show cyclists where to ride, and remind drivers that cyclists may be moving in to or out of a separated bicycle facility.

You’ll see sharrows on Stone Road and on Gordon Street. Sharrows are used where a separated cycling facility begins or ends, or in areas where there is potential for cyclists and drivers to come into conflict. Sharrows show cyclists where to ride, and remind drivers to look out for cyclists merging into traffic.

Cycling track

Segregated bike lane – cycling track
A paved segregated bike lane – cycling track – runs along Stone Road between Gordon Street and Edinburgh Road and gives cyclists a dedicated, more comfortable space in which to ride. The track is the first of its kind in Ontario, and special markings called Sharrows are used to mark where cyclists move in to or out of the track. Cycling tracks are being used in Montreal, Vancouver and Richmond.

A multi-use pathway (MUP) is a physically separated facility for active transportation users away from motor vehicle traffic within the boulevard. The first MUP in Guelph has been constructed on Woodlawn Road East between Nicklin Road and Silvercreek Parkway. This new piece of infrastructure requires extra care and consideration from all users as the community adjusts to the new configuration. The following guidelines are aimed at keep the pathways safe and fun for everyone.

Where do we have multi-use paths in Guelph?

  • Woodlawn Road between Nicklin Roadand Silvercreek Parkway (completed)
  • Woodlawn Road between Silvercreek Parkway and Imperial Road (construction 2016)
  • York Road between Wyndham street and Neeve Street (construction 2016)

Pedestrians

  • Be courteous Keep to the right
  • Be safe Check behind and ahead of you before moving across the pathway or turning
  • Be vigilant Make eye contact with drivers crossing the path at driveways

Cyclists

  • Be courteous Yield to pedestrians—be extra careful around bus stops and intersections
  • Be safe Cycle at a safe speed and slow down when approaching intersections
  • Be predictable Sound your bell or call out before passing
  • Be vigilant Keep an eye out down the road to identify and react to potential hazards in advance

Transit users

  • Be courteous Stand off to the side while waiting for the bus, do not block the pathway

Drivers

  • Be vigilant Keep an eye out for pedestrians and cyclists when approaching driveways and intersections—cyclists may be moving faster than you think
  • Be courteous Pathway users have the right of way, keep clear until it’s safe to merge with traffic

What are cross-rides?

Similar to crosswalks, cross-rides allow cyclists to remain on their bikes and safely cross through intersections. They are generally connected to dedicated cycling facilities such as multi-use pathways and cycle tracks.

Some cross-rides allow cyclists to travel in one direction only, while others may allow for two-way travel.

How do cross-rides work?

Cross-rides are essentially crosswalks for bikes and function in much the same way. At these intersections, the cross-ride may be identified with thick painted blocks on either side, sometimes enhanced with arrowed bicycle stencils and/or green paint.

  • At signalized intersections, the cyclist may remain on their bike and cross the road when the signal display indicates that the cyclist has the right-of-way
  • In some locations, there may be a mixed use cross-ride which allows for cyclists and pedestrians to cross in the same space

Cross-ride tips for all road users

Cyclists

  • At intersections, proceed cautiously along the marked cross-ride and watch for left- and right-turning vehicles, ahead, behind, and to the right of you, to be sure that they are yielding.
  • Always travel at a reasonable speed that allows for you to stop when needed
  • Don’t pass other cyclists within a cross-ride; within a multi-use cross-ride, ring your bell and pass pedestrians with caution
  • Always travel in the right direction through one-way cross-rides
  • Obey all traffic signs and signals

Drivers

  • When making a turn, make sure you have checked for cyclists and pedestrians who may be crossing the intersection
  • Check straight ahead, left, right and in your blind spots before making your turn
  • Signal your intention to turn early to give other road users time to react
  • Drivers must yield to cyclists and pedestrians who are in or entering the intersection
  • Obey all traffic signs and signals

Pedestrians

  • At intersections, proceed cautiously along the marked crosswalk and watch for left- and right-turning vehicles, ahead, behind, and to the right of you, to be sure that they see you and are yielding to you
  • When crossing a stop sign-controlled side street, cross cautiously along the marked crosswalk and watch for vehicles turning off main roads as well as those approaching from the side streets to be sure that they see you and are yielding to you
  • Avoid texting or using electronic devices while crossing any roadway; your full attention is needed
  • Obey all traffic signs and signals
Bikeways plan for Stone Road and Gordon Street