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Toronto Bike Safety

Toronto Bike Safety

Whether you're new to cycling or have years under your belt, before hitting the pavement, learning Toronto bike safety tips is vital to enjoying your experience while staying safe. At Pedalinx, we're here for all your cycling needs, whether you're looking for a new bike, repairs, or a tune-up. For more information on bike safety, take a look at some of our most frequently asked questions below!


How safe is biking in Toronto?


Cycling in Toronto is usually regarded as safe, but riders have to be mindful of what is happening around them and follow all traffic regulations and safety instructions. The city has made significant investments in cycling infrastructure, such as the establishment of additional bike paths and lanes, making biking safer and more practical.

However, as with any city, there are hazards to biking in Toronto, such as the possibility of collisions with vehicles, uneven pavement, and other risks. Cyclists must wear suitable safety equipment, such as an approved bicycle helmet, and follow the rules, such as using signals, yielding to pedestrians, and taking notice of road signs. It's also an excellent practice to stay on the lookout for other motorists, especially in congested areas.


Is Toronto a bike-friendly city?


Yes, absolutely! Toronto is considered a bike-friendly city, with numerous bike lanes and pathways for bicycle riders! The city has an extensive network of bicycle lanes, biking routes, and trails that connect a variety of neighbourhoods and places to visit. The city also enables cyclists to rent bikes for a brief period, which makes it easy to get all over the downtown area on two wheels. Further to this, there are also organized events and cyclist groups throughout the city that enthusiasts can join!


Is it illegal to ride a bike on the sidewalk in Toronto?


Did you know that, like motorists, those who use their bikes during their daily commute or as a hobby are mandated to follow the rules indicated under the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario? Therefore, it's essential that you understand where you can and cannot ride throughout the city. Here is a closer look at where you can and cannot ride:


Permitted routes:


·  Bikers are able to use most roads throughout the city. However, to make sure you're permitted in a particular area, make sure to keep an eye out for signs indicating otherwise.

·  Bike lanes and designated cycling routes are permitted.

·  You can also ride your bike on multipurpose trails and pathways.


Non-permitted routes:


·  You are not permitted to travel on highways, including the Don Valley Parkway, Gardiner Expressway, or the 401.

·  You are not allowed to ride on sidewalks. This excludes children under the age of 10.

·  You have to walk your bike to the opposite side if you use any pedestrian crosswalk.


How many bicycle accidents are there in Toronto?


According to the Toronto Police Service Public Safety Data Portal, there were 36 cyclist-related collisions in Toronto in 2022. Something to keep in mind is that accidents can happen anywhere, at any time. Therefore, it is essential that all cyclists, whether new or experienced, follow the rules of the road and wear the proper safety equipment. You can also benefit from learning the laws of the road and staying alert when biking around the city. 


Other tips you can follow to help you stay safe include:

·  Never taking hold of another biker or vehicle.

·  Refraining from carrying heavy items that can throw off your balance.

·  Remain in control of your bike at all times by keeping a steady pace you feel comfortable at.

·  Use your signals and make an effort to make eye contact with other motorists so they are aware of your intent.

·  Get to know the landscape of the area you are heading to, as Toronto has a diverse topography that can make it more difficult for riders to navigate.


That's right, it is true! We have expert service mechanics who work in our service department and can fix your bike tires so you are back out riding in minutes! All for a cheap fee of $10 - tax included (inner tubes are extra).

Even if you didn't buy your bikes from us, we can service:

Tires | Brakes | Full Inspections | And More

If you need a complete overhaul, let our service mechanics take a look and prepare your bike for whatever repairs it requires. While you're waiting, you can check out our awesome accessories like our bells, lights, and locks - we've got whatever you need so why not visit our Toronto location today!

Bicycle Service & Repair


Toronto has amazing bike trails that highlight the city's beauty. On these bike rides you can see rivers, ravines and the shoreline. Here are some of the best bike rides than you and your new bike can enjoy!

Lower Don River Trail - Beautiful paved train from the don all the way up to ET Seton park.

Martin Goodman Trail - Otherwise known as the waterfront trail, this route runs right by the lake.

Beyond the Zoo (Taunton Rd.) - Head out to this area by the zoo for a rural experience without having to leave the city.

Humber Valley Heritage Trail - Go slow and enjoy the many trails that snake along the eponymous river.

Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail - A short trail through the new park and multi-use trail for a delightful view of the skyline.


If you are completely new to all things cycling and have no idea what you are looking for, then why not come and have a FREE test ride on any of our bikes? Our staff gives you the opportunity to cruise on a brand new bike.

No need for an appointment - just pop in and have a chat with our friendly staff. They will be able to assist you and answer any questions you may have! You'll have plenty of time to compare similar models so that you walk out with a bike you're confident about.

Shop Bikes


We are not just regular bicycle shop; we are also the best bike mechanics in Toronto. Unlike other bike shops, Pedalinx takes care of all your bicycle and cycling needs. Our Toronto store services and repairs bikes as well as offers a great selection of accessories, gears, and more. From eyewear to lights to safety locks, we've got everything you need to make rides as fun and safe as possible.

We even sell all the necessary tools so you can take care of your bike yourself. If you're worried about ruining your clothes in the weather, we have you covered! From the right shoes to the coolest looking and safest helmet, water bottles, computers, and baskets, you won't need to make any extra purchases anywhere else.


Being able to afford the bike of your dreams can sometimes be a little tricky; that's why we have partnered up with Financeit - a market-leading payments solution that allows you to pay monthly payments for bikes starting at $500.

We also sell gift cards that you can purchase and give to a loved one or a friend - perfect for Christmas or a birthday! If you know a bike enthusiast and are unsure about their size or preference, then why not visit our Toronto store and purchase a gift card and let them pick what they want?


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