Six cyclists riding single file on the right side of the road, with a car passing them at a distance of 1.5 metres, by crossing the centre line.

To provide more space for outdoor well-being, NCC parkways are often reserved for active use. The rest of the time, they are shared between active users and motorists.

The following rules ensure the safety of all road users. Please obey the rules at all times, be considerate of others and share the road.

Rules for motorists

You have a duty to be extra cautious of more vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and pedestrians.

  • Obey speed limits, traffic signs and signals.
  • Use caution when passing cyclists: maintain a distance of 1.5 metres, unless otherwise specified (you may need to drive somewhat over the centre line).
  • Park only in designated areas; fines are imposed for parking violations.

Moped-style scooters and limited speed motorcycles are required by law to be licensed, registered and insured, and must follow the same rules as motor vehicles.

In Quebec: Motorists sharing the road with other users (Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec)

In Ontario: Motorists sharing the road with other users (Ministry of Transportation of Ontario)

Rules for cyclists and other active users of the road

You have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers do. You also have a duty to behave in a safe manner.

  • Obey speed limits, traffic signs and signals.
  • Ride in single file on the right side of the road.
  • Keep groups to a maximum of 15 cyclists.
  • Use caution when passing, and pass on the left.
  • When you stop, move to the side of the road to allow other users to pass.

In-line skates and roller skis are prohibited by law on any roadway when the road is open to motor vehicles.

In Quebec: What the law says for cycling (Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec)

In Ontario: Bicycle safety (Ministry of Transportation of Ontario)