Bike safety for newcomers

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Biking is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and get exercise. It’s also a fun activity with your family. Follow these rules to stay safe when biking:

Cycling Rules

  • It’s illegal to ride your bike on the sidewalk in Manitoba.
  • The sidewalk is for pedestrians. Only kids in small bikes are allowed on the sidewalk or if there is a sign that allows bikers.
  • It’s safer to bike on the road. There are rules on the road.

Watch this video from the Manitoba Cycling Association to know how to navigate the road safely:

CAN-BIKE // Traffic Skills 101 from Manitoba Cycling Association on Vimeo.


  1. Follow traffic rules like you are driving a car.
  2. Bike on a straight line. Never go in the opposite direction as traffic.
  3. All road users should see you. Position your bike properly.
  4. Always shoulder check when you want to change lanes.
  5. Know the proper hand signals.

Don’t cross the pedestrian lane on your bike. Get off your bike, check the traffic lights, push the button for the warning light, and step off the curb only when traffic stops. Cross the street with your bike on your side.

Read Bike Safely from Manitoba Public Insurance and watch videos at the Manitoba Health page: Ride Safe this Summer

Bike safety for newcomers poster

Biking with kids

Use a bicycle trailer when biking with your toddler. It is safe and stable. Put a flag on the trailer so road users will see it.

Older kids can ride on the own bikes on the road with you. Tell them to stay close and ride in a single file. Keep kids in the middle of your group if you are riding with the entire family. An adult should lead. Another adult should be the last in the line. Everyone should wear helmets and safety gear (Read Getting ready to bike safely for tips).

Watch this video for more tips on riding with kids

Teach your kids how to bike:

Sources: Bike Safely, MPI; Ride Safe this Summer, Manitoba Health page; Bike Safety, CAA; and Manitoba Cycling Association videos on Vimeo. Accessed May 22, 2019.

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Community Resources

The I cycle safely brochure is a booklet on bike safety for your kids.

Get more tips on cycling from Bike Winnipeg.

Get the latest Winnipeg Cycling Map to plan your bicycle trip. Get a printed copy at libraries, bike shops and tourist centres.

Check out: 4 family-friendly biking trails in Manitoba and Top 5 bike paths in Winnipeg.

Download the Newcomers Guide to Cycling finalfinalas a reminder.

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