Safety Tips

Safety Tips

Cycling is a fun and healthy activity that most people can do. Cycling can be done for both recreation or transportation.

  • Be visible. Use lights, reflectors and wear reflective material
  • Be predictable. Signal your intentions, ride with traffic and obey all road signals
  • Always have room to maneuver. Don’t squeeze between curbs and other vehicles

To learn about the many health benefits of cycling review the Active Transportation and Health factsheet from Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services.

Visit BikeWR’s Campaigns page for more information and resources related to our past safety campaigns like Thumbs Up Waterloo Region.

Bike Safety tips in multiple languages

Region of Waterloo created the following Cycling Tips resource, which is available in multiple languages. Visit for more information.

Bike Tips - Region of Waterloo

Cycling and cannabis

It is dangerous to ride a bicycle while impaired by cannabis. A cyclist riding in an unsafe manner can be charged, even now that cannabis is legalized and regulated. More information can be found here.

Capture- cycling and cannabis

More tips and training for sharing the road and preventing collisions

Ministry of Transportation- Cycling Guides


Cycling Canada’s CAN-BIKE program is a series of progression courses taught on all aspects of cycling, to ride safely, effectively, and enjoyably on the road.

CAN-BIKE- Cycling courses | CANBIKE – Free online trainingCity of Waterloo’s CAN-Bike page

Tips for parents

Your children will need to learn how to cycle safely wherever they ride. Check the following link for tips and training opportunities.

Cycling into the Future – local bike training course

Active and Safe Routes to School- Local Resources