Railway Crossing Guidelines

Railway and streetcar tracks are very dangerous. Crossing at the wrong angle, they can spill you and damage your bicycle wheels. Always cross the tracks at right angles. Plan your crossing well ahead of time, slow down and put yourself into the best road position to make a right-angle crossing.

If the tracks are at an angle to the road, you may need a full lane. Use hand signals to slow traffic behind you and give you room to cross the tracks safely. Go slowly and stand on the pedals when crossing over particularly bumpy tracks.

Decision Matrix

Double file cycling is safer, more enjoyable, and more efficient. It is the default mode for group riding. There are some circumstances when a change to single file riding is justified; this matrix provides guidance in making that decision:


Roads with two or more lanes in the direction of travel:




Cycling and the Law

It is in our own interest to obey traffic laws and follow the rules of the road. It only takes a few inconsiderate cyclists to create a negative perception of cyclists among the general public.

Below are some useful links pertaining to cycling and the law.

Group Riding Manoeuvres

Starting - The leader will announce that the group is starting and moves off slowly. Riders soft pedal until the entire group is in formation, at which point the speed is increased. 

Riding Formation – The traditional format for road cycling groups, where permitted by provincial traffic laws, is double file, changing to single file if traffic and road conditions dictate. Riding double file makes the group more visible and encourages motor vehicles to pass with more clearance. 

Group Riding Terminology

Group - This is the generic term used for cyclists who ride together, usually in formation and at about the same speed. Often, multiple groups will be established for a given OBC ride, to ensure that all comprise six to twelve riders, and to be able to offer groups riding at different paces.   

Group Riding

The OBC’s group rides are a fun way to enjoy the countryside, in the company of like-minded people with a common objective for the day’s ride.  Groups are established according to factors such as the speed, distance, ability, and interest of the participants. These rides are a great way to meet and interact with other club members during the rides and during any breaks.