Bicycle Etiquette

Riding your bicycle on the trail is the same as riding on the road. There are laws to follow that are set by the province.

Some of the key rules for cyclists on the trail are

  • Cyclists of all ages must wear a helmet.
  • Every bicycle must be equipped with a bell or horn.
  • When riding between 30 minutes before sunset (dusk, not dark) and 30 minutes after sunrise, you must have a front white light and a rear red light or rear red reflector (we strongly recommend a rear light).
  • Cyclists must ride on the right-hand side of the trail, with the flow of traffic.
  • Cyclists may pass pedestrians on the right if it is safe to do so otherwise, cyclists shall yield to pedestrians.
  • Except when passing another person cycling, people cycling on the trail shall ride in single file.
  • Cyclists must follow the same law as motor vehicles unless the law has made specific exemptions.
  • The speed limit on the trail is 20km/h.
  • Cyclists may not ride on the sidewalk or use crosswalks while riding, dismount and walk the bike if there is a requirement to use a sidewalk or crosswalk.

A full list of the Cycling Rules of the Road can be found on Bicycle Nova Scotia’s Website.