Pets on Pathways
Calgary is home to over 98,000 dogs. Many of
them regularly visit our pathways with their
owners. The following regulations are in place
to help reduce hazards for both people and pets:
• All pathways in Calgary are on-leash for dogs,
even in off-leash areas (with the exception of
• A leash must not exceed 2 meters in length
• “Off-leash” does not mean out of control. You
must keep your dog under control at all times
in designated off-leash areas. This means your
dog must remain within sight, and come to
you when called.
• Leaving behind doggie doo is a deﬁnite don’t.
Clean up after your pet.
• Dogs must not obstruct, chase or otherwise
interfere with other pathway users.
• You cannot cycle, in-line skate or skateboard
with a leashed dog. It’s dangerous for you and
• All dogs three months and older must be licensed.
The City of Calgary Contact Information:
Pathway Hotline 268-2300
For detailed information on the
Parks and Pathways Bylaw and the
Animal Control Bylaw, please visit
our website at
or call 3-1-1.
For information on the pathway
system, please visit our website
at www.calgary.ca/parks GPS-6349
or call 3-1-1. www.calgary.ca/parks
2006-0516 www.calgary.ca call 3-1-1
The bylaws relevant to Calgary’s pathways are
designed to ensure your safety and that of other
pathway users. The City of Calgary Parks, and Animal
& Bylaw Services are working together to increase
your awareness, knowledge and compliance with
Calgary’s pathway regulations.
Responsible pathway behaviour reduces accidents.
• Pay attention to and obey all signage.
• Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit
Caution, courtesy and common sense on Calgary’s pathways is 20km/hr.
belong on Calgary’s pathways. • Remain on the right hand side of a pathway, Pathway Gear
Responsible pathway behaviour — teamed with the
With over 500 kilometers of pathways within our • Give an audible signal by voice or bell before proper equipment — is your best protection. Head
passing someone. injuries cause 80 per cent of all cycling deaths. Many of
city boundaries, we have the most extensive urban
• Yield to the person on your right at an these could be prevented by simply wearing a helmet.
pathway network in all of North America right here
in Calgary. Our pathways traverse the valleys of the uncontrolled intersection. For all cyclists, in-line skaters and skateboarders on
• Travel with care and attention. the pathways, we strongly recommend:
Bow and Elbow rivers, Nose Creek and West Nose
Creek. They also meander throughout the upland • Properly ﬁtted helmets.
• Share the pathways.r
communities of our city. • Knee and wrist pads for in-line skaters and
Walking and cycling are the most popular activities
on our city’s pathways which people of all ages • Avoid using earphones or cell phones.
enjoy for exercise, recreation and/or commuting to For cyclists, the following equipment is mandatory
and from work or school. At The City of Calgary before heading out on Calgary’s pathways:
we’re committed to maintaining a high-quality, • At least one working brake.
diverse and safe multi-use pathway system for you • A working horn, bell or other signaling device.
and your family to enjoy.
• Alberta’s Safety Act requires people under the age
of 18 to wear an approved helmet.
What is a pathway? All pathway users must be visible to others. When
traveling in the dark:
According to the bylaw, “pathway” means
• Cyclists must have a head lamp, tail lamp and at least
a multi-purpose thoroughfare controlled by one red rear reﬂector.
The City and set aside for use by pedestrians,
• In-line skaters must have a light afﬁxed to themselves.
cyclists and persons using wheeled
conveyances, which is improved by asphalt, • Pedestrians and joggers should wear something
concrete or brick, whether or not it is located
in a Park, and includes any bridge or structure
with which it is contiguous.