Cycling facilities

Guelph’s cycling facilities are designed to make it safer and easier to go by bike. Bike boxes, sharrows, crossrides and other dedicated or shared cycling infrastructure remind people who are driving, biking and walking to look out for each other and share the road.

Bike boxes

Bike boxes improve intersection safety for everyone by giving people biking a dedicated space to wait in front of cars at a red traffic light. Bike boxes are being used in cities all over Canada, including Kitchener, Toronto and Vancouver.

Right-turning drivers must check to see that the bike box and bike lane are clear before turning right. When the traffic light turns green, bicycle riders move through the intersection first.

Guelph has bike boxes in the following locations:

  • Gordon Street and Waterloo Avenue
  • Stone Road and Chancellor’s Way

When the traffic signal is green

Approaching a bike box by car

When the traffic signal is green

Move through the intersection as usual, sharing the road with people who are biking. When turning right, make sure the bike lane on your right is clear—someone on a bike may have approached from behind you.

Approaching a bike box by bike

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

Approaching a bike box by car

When the traffic signal is amber or red

Stop at the stop line behind the marked bike box. People on bikes will 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, leaving space for people on bikes to go first.

When turning right on a red light

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

Approaching a bike box by bike

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 bike lane to the far right of the bike box.

If you are going straight, stay to the right in the bike lane until the light turns green. This will allow right-turning vehicles to turn around you if they are able to do so safely, and will keep the bike box clear for cyclists turning left to get through.

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 lane to the far right of the bike box. Watch for right-turning motorists. Signal and proceed.

Sharrows

Special road markings called sharrows let road users know when the travel lane is shared with bicycles. Sharrows are also used when a bike lane begins or ends. Sharrows show people riding bikes where to ride, and remind those driving cars that bicycles should be expected in the same lane.

Guelph has sharrows on Stone Road and on Gordon Street.

Raised cycle tracks

A paved and separated bike lane, or raised cycle track, gives people riding bikes a dedicated and more comfortable space in which to ride. Sharrows mark where cyclists move into or out of the track. Cycle tracks are being used in Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto.

Guelph has a raised cycle track on Stone Road.

Multi-use pathways

A multi-use pathway (MUP) is a lane or path for active transportation users (e.g. people biking and walking) that is physically separated from the roadway.
Guelph has multi-use paths in the following locations:

  • Woodlawn Road between Nicklin Road and Silvercreek Parkway
  • York Road between Wyndham street and Neeve Street

The City also has plans to build a multi-use path on Woodlawn Road between Silvercreek Parkway and Elmira Road.

Tips for people walking

  • 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 people driving when crossing the path at driveways and intersections.

Tips for people biking

  • 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.

Tips for people taking the bus

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

Tips for people driving

  • Be courteous: pathway users have the right of way. Keep the pathway clear and yield to people walking and biking until it’s safe to merge with traffic.
  • Be vigilant: keep a close eye out for people walking and biking when approaching driveways and intersections—people riding bikes may be moving faster than you think. Make eye contact with people walking and biking at driveways and intersections.

Crossrides

Similar to crosswalks, crossrides allow people biking to remain on their bikes and safely bike across intersections. They are generally connected on either side of the road by multi-use pathways.

Some crossrides allow people biking to travel in one direction only, while others allow two-way travel.

How crossrides work

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

  • At signalized intersections, a person biking may remain on their bike and cross the road when the traffic signal for vehicles indicates that they have the right-of-way.
  • In some locations, there may be a shared crossride. These allow people walking and cycling to cross in the same space. The rule for riding a bike through a shared crossride is the same as above, and people riding bikes should ride carefully past pedestrians.

Crossride tips for all road users

Tips for people biking

  • At intersections, be attentive and proceed cautiously along the marked cross-ride. Watch for left- and right-turning vehicles ahead, behind, and beside you to be sure that they have seen you and are yielding.
  • Always travel at a speed that allows you to safely stop when needed.
  • Don’t pass other people biking in a crossride. In a multi-use cross-ride, ring your bell and pass pedestrians with caution.
  • Always travel in the same direction as vehicles in the lane beside you when using one-way crossrides.

Tips for people driving

  • People on foot and on bikes have the right-of-way at crossride intersections. Before making a turn, make sure you check for people walking or biking across the intersection.
  • Check straight ahead, to your left and right, and in your blind spots before making your turn.
  • Signal your intention to turn early to give other road users time to react.
  • As a driver, you must yield to others already in or entering the intersection, including people walking and biking.

 Tips for people walking

  • At intersections, be attentive and proceed along the marked crosswalk, watching for left- and right-turning vehicles, ahead, behind, and beside you, to be sure that they see you and are yielding to you.
  • When crossing a stop sign-controlled side street, be attentive and cross along the marked crosswalk. Watch for drivers turning off main roads, as well as those approaching from side streets. Be sure that they see you and are yielding to you.

Protected intersections

Protected intersections help people on bikes turn left without having to change lanes or mix with other traffic. This type of intersection enables two-stage left turns, so people biking cross in a similar way to pedestrians. The corner waiting areas and crossrides mean cyclists do not have to dismount and walk their bikes.


Protected intersection at Gordon Street and Stone Road


How to use the bike path

People on bikes who want to turn left

  1. Go straight across the intersection using the green crossride so that other road users see you
  2. Wait in the designated bike space at the corner
  3. Continue across the road towards the bike lane, exiting the green crossride to complete your left turn
  • Always travel in the direction of the arrows (counter clockwise) and obey the traffic light signals
  • Only use the corner waiting area when turning left. You do not need to enter the waiting area if you are travelling straight or have just completed a left turn.
  • Always use the bike lanes; bicycles are not permitted on the sidewalk.
  • If you feel comfortable, you can still choose to merge with vehicle traffic to turn left from the left turn lane. Be sure to shoulder check and signal your intent with your arm. The new design gives you the option to use the intersection more like a pedestrian does.

People on bikes who want to go straight

You can travel straight across the intersection without using the green waiting areas. The green waiting areas are for bikes waiting to turn left.

People driving

  • No changes are required for people driving, the protected intersection functions in the same way as all other intersections throughout the City. Vehicles turning right are required to check blind spots, yield to people walking, and biking.
  • The following sign reminds you to check for and yield to people biking before turning right.
  • Some people on bikes may choose to merge across lanes of traffic (from the bike lane to the left turn lane) to make a left turn lane. This is allowed.

Penalties

Cyclists must stay out of the pedestrian crosswalk area (the white ladder marking), unless they dismount and walk. Riding in a crosswalk is subject to an $85 fine under the Highway Traffic Act.

Motorists can be fined $150 if they are found to have failed to yield to a pedestrian in the crossing.

How we selected this location

The intersection of Stone Road and Gordon Street is one of the largest and busiest in the City. Every day, hundreds of pedestrians and cyclists need to cross the intersection to access the University of Guelph and nearby amenities. In traditional intersections, cyclists have to cross lanes of traffic to make a left turn, which can be intimidating for many. The new design gives cyclists a more comfortable way to make left turns, creating a safer experience for all road users.

For more information

Transportation Demand Management Program
TDM@guelph.ca
519-822-1260 ext 2791