A skateboarder and two pedestrians on the pathway.

The Capital Pathway is a multi-use pathway network for everyone.

If all pathway users follow a few simple ground rules, pay attention and communicate with each other, we can all use the path to have fun and get where we’re going safely.

More than ever, we must Share the Path. Preventing the spread of COVID-19 by practising public health recommendations on our multi-use pathways helps keep them safe and enjoyable for everyone.

We encourage you to enjoy the outdoors close to home — on foot or by bike — rather than driving to a further destination, and thereby avoiding non-essential travel. In keeping with public health directives, the NCC reminds everyone to practise physical distancing by keeping at least two metres between themselves and others.

These rules apply to everyone.

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 block the path
Keep things moving in both directions, and make sure that there’s room for others to pass. Please move completely off the pathway when stopping.
Be predictable
Sound your bell or call out when passing. If you want to pass, clearly and politely communicate your plans to other users so that they have time to react.
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.

Know how the safety rules apply to you.

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.

All users

All pathway users should be considerate of other users. Cyclists, in-line skaters and skateboarders must yield to pedestrians. Pedestrians must walk no more than two abreast, and cyclists must ride in single file. Don’t swerve around and between other users. When someone lets you know that they are passing from behind, acknowledge that you heard them, and be sure to keep right. Know and use the cycling hand signals.

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.

Teach your children.
Ensure that your children know the pathway rules for their own safety and that of others.   

Wheeled travelers

Ride at safe speeds.

The speed limit on the pathway is 20 km/h, and is sometimes less, depending on what is safe under the conditions. Be prepared to slow down when nearing or passing others. Your speed and style of riding should not endanger other users. If you want to ride at a speed greater than that allowed on the pathway, please use other, more suitable routes.

Think ahead.

Anticipate what others will do next. Children and pets can be especially unpredictable. Give a clear signal by politely announcing “on your left,” or sound your bell well before passing. Bear in mind that some people may not be able to hear you.

Follow regulations.

You have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers. Obey traffic signs, signals and speed limits. Yield to pedestrians. Stay as close as possible to the right-hand edge of the pathway, and pass on the left with ample space between you and others.

Capital Pathway 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.

Make sure your e-bike is pathway-friendly.
Entirely power-assisted e-bikes and scooters are not allowed on the Capital Pathway.