The increase in popularity of active transportation and outdoor recreational activities has led to a sharp increase in the number of people sharing the Capital Pathway. Pedestrians, runners, cyclists, in-line skaters and people with mobility impairments who share the pathway should follow these rules to help keep the pathways safe and fun for everyone.

A little courtesy goes a long way

All pathway users should be considerate of other users. Cyclists, in-line skaters and skateboarders must yield to pedestrians.

Summer Safety Blitz

The Summer 2021 Safety Blitz will take place from July 15th until July 25th from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm to build knowledge and awareness of the NCC Pathway Code of Conduct to ensure that all users can enjoy the parkways and pathways in a safe manner.

Locations

July 15: Sentier des Voyageurs – Moussette Park
July 15:
Greenbelt Eastern Pathway – P25
July 16: Pinecrest Creek – Connaught Park
July 17:
Sir. John A. MacDonald Parkway – Island Park Drive Parking
July 17:
Sir. George Etienne Cartier Parkway – P27
July 17:
Colonel By Drive – Immaculata High School
July 18:
Ottawa River Pathway East – Blair Road Boat Launch
July 19:
Ottawa River Pathway West – Britannia Park
July 20:
Rideau River Eastern Pathway – Riverain Park
July 21:
Colonel By Drive (Tobi Nussbaum, CEO, on site)
July 22:
Watts Creek Pathway – P3
July 23:
Leamy Lake Pathway – Leamy Lake Park
July 24:
De L’Ile Pathway – Dupuis Park
July 25:
Sir. John A. MacDonald Parkway – Island Park Drive Parking
July 25:
Sir. George Etienne Cartier Parkway – P27
July 25: Colonel By Drive

Code of conduct

Be safe

Different pathway users travel at different speeds. Travel at speeds that allow you to react in time for whatever might arise. (Maximum 20 km/h)

Be cautious
Keep right, pass left. No matter which way you’re going on a shared path, keep to the right. Faster users should pass on the left. Don’t swerve around and between other users.


Don’t block the path
Keep things moving in both directions, and make sure that there’s room for others to pass. Pedestrians must walk no more than two abreast, and cyclists must ride in single file. Please move completely off the pathway when stopping.
Be predictable
Sound your bell or call out when passing. Know and use the cycling hand signals. If you want to pass, clearly and politely communicate your plans to other users so that they have time to react. When someone lets you know that they are passing from behind, acknowledge that you heard them, and be sure to keep right.

Be alert
Look and listen. The first defence against accidents is to be aware of your surroundings. Put your headphones and phone away, so that you can hear others who may want to pass. Check behind and ahead of you before moving across the pathway or turning.
Be visible in the dark

Lights and reflectors on pedestrians, bikes and pets allow other users to see where you are, especially at night or when visibility is poor. Wear reflective clothing.

Pet owners, leash your dog.
Keep pets on a short leash, and clean up after them. Remember that neither the animal nor the leash should block the path. Skiing, skating or cycling with your dog is not allowed on the pathway.

Rules for electric bikes (“E-Bikes”)

  • Scooter-type power-assisted bikes are prohibited on the Capital Pathway and during Weekend Bikedays. Very often, the electric bike with a non-conventional appearance is much heavier than a conventional-type electric bicycle, and therefore poses greater risks to safety in the event of a collision.
  • Electric bikes that physically resemble conventional bikes are permitted on the Capital Pathway.
  • Rules for electric bikes do not apply to motorized mobility aids such as wheelchairs, three-wheel electric scooters and four-wheel electric scooters.

Safety tips

  • Cyclists: Wear a bicycle helmet.
  • In-line skaters: Use wrist guards, and elbow, knee and head protection. Watch out for cracks in the asphalt. The use of poles is prohibited.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Capital Pathway, and know your route.
  • Stay on the designated multi-use pathways, and avoid isolated areas.
  • Tell others where you are going.
  • Carry a cellphone or whistle.
  • Call 911 immediately if you suspect that you or someone else might be in danger.