Distracted cycling laws and penalties in Alberta

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Cyclists must follow the same laws as drivers of motor vehicles

Distracted Cycling Restrictions

Before you take your next bike ride, remember to follow the Traffic Safety Act Distracting Driving rules. Below are restrictions that apply to cyclists:

  • Using hand-held cellphones
  • Texting or e-mailing
  • Using electronic devices like cameras and portable audio players
  • Entering information on GPS units
  • Reading printed materials
  • Writing, printing or sketching
  • Personal grooming

Penalties for Distracted Cycling

You could be fined $300 for distracted cycling.

Is it illegal to wear headphones while cycling?

While it's not illegal, wearing headphones while cycling isn't recommended. You're less likely to hear emergency responders, railway crossing signals, and sounds that could warn you of danger. Wearing your headphones also makes you more likely to get into a collision with vehicles or pedestrians since you're less aware of your surroundings.