Bikeway types


The City of Kitchener plans to install over 100 kilometres of bikeways throughout the city. Types of bikeway infrastructure that residents can expect to see in the future are listed below.

Kitchener's new cycling infrastructure

Bike Boxes

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Illustration of a bike box

A bike box is used at intersections to increase the visibility of cyclists and help avoid collisions. Cyclists are positioned in front of motorists and can therefore proceed through the intersection first when the light turns green. Right turns on red lights are generally not permitted in these intersections. Bike boxes increase cyclist visibility and reduce the risk of "right hook" collisions after a green signal.  Kitchener's bike boxes are located in the downtown on Water Street, between King Street and Joseph Street. 

  • What cyclists should know:  When a traffic signal is red, enter the bike box from the approaching green bike lane. Stop before the crosswalk. When the light is green, cyclists should proceed normally. Be aware of right-turning motorists, especially while in the intersection.
  • What motorists should know: When the traffic signal is yellow or red motorists must stop behind the white stop line, before the green bike box.  Do not stop on top of the bike box as it must be kept clear for cyclists. When the light turns green, motorists and cyclists may move through the intersection as usual, with cyclists going first. Motorists making a right turn must signal and check to see that the bike box in front of them and the bike lane on their right is clear before proceeding.


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Sharrow icon

Pavement markings, represented as a bicycle with two chevrons, which remind motorists and cyclists to be courteous and share the road. Further treatments include highly visible green paint.

  • What cyclists should know: Sharrows indicate that cyclists may take the whole travel lane. Ride in the direction of traffic, at least one metre from the curb to avoid the "door-zone" of parked vehicles. Sidewalks are reserved for pedestrians, although cyclists are welcome to dismount and walk with their bicycle on sidewalks.
  • What motorists should know: Sharrows positioned central to the lane remind you that it is unsafe to drive side-by-side with cyclists. Whenever a cyclist claims the lane, be patient and share the road! You should only pass a cyclist when there is enough space to do so, leaving a minimum of one metre between your vehicle and the cyclist.

Marked shared-use lane

Share road sign

Traffic lanes which are marked with a "Share the Road" sign and / or sharrow pavement markings.

Bicycle lanes 

Bicycle lane sign

A travel lane on an urban roadway intended for use by cyclists only, marked by a white line, bicycle and diamond pavement markings, and regulatory signs indicating their use reserved for cyclists.

Boulevard multi-use trail

Shared pathway sign

A multi-use trail, intended for a variety of users, constructed within the road right-of-way located in the boulevard and generally parallel to the road.

Signed bicycle route

Bike route sign

Typically a local street posted with a 'bicycle route' sign to indicate that it is a link in a cycling network, connects to a key destination, or provides continuity for cyclists along local streets that connect trails.

For more information on the bike boxes and other bikeway infrastructure improvements, refer to Ontario Traffic Manual Book 18: Bicycle Facilities.

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