Cycling facilities in Guelph

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

Bike Box Markings: A green section across the road with bike symbols in front of a Wait Here sign for cars

When the traffic signal is green

Approaching a bike box by car

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

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 into the left turn lane before the intersection. Proceed through the intersection and into the bike lane.

When the traffic signal is red

Bike Box Red Light

Approaching a bike box by car

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

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.

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.

Multi-use paths

A multi-use path is physically separated from the road where people walking and biking share the path.

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 careful: 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 careful: keep an eye out down the road to identify and react to potential hazards in advance.

Tips for people taking the bus

  • Be courteous: do not block the path while waiting for the bus.

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 careful: 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 to move safely through an intersection. They are generally connected to multi-use paths and marked with painted blocks, stencils and/or green paint.

How crossrides work

At a traffic light, a person can stay on their bike and travel through the intersection when they have a green light.

In some locations, there may be a shared crossride allowing people walking and cycling to cross in the same space

Tips for people biking

  • At intersections, be attentive and watch for turning vehicles.
  • 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.
  • 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 watch for turning vehicles.

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 move in a similar way to pedestrians. The corner waiting areas and crossrides mean cyclists do not have to dismount and walk their bikes.

Intersection at Gordon Street and Stone Road, featuring a green path around all 4 sides for bikes to cross

Protected intersection at Gordon Street and Stone Road

People on bikes who want to turn left

Go straight across the intersection using the green crossride so that other road users see you

Wait in the designated bike space at the corner

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

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

Motorists can be fined if they fail to yield to a pedestrian in the crossing.