Town of Canmore

Road Use, Bicycles, and Parking Regulations

The Town of Canmore’s Traffic and Road Use Bylaw regulates traffic, parking, streets, and sidewalks within the Town. This page will provide you with a brief overview of the Town’s bylaw; however if you would like more detail, please refer to the pdf Traffic and Road Use Bylaw (280 KB)

What is the law?

· No person over the age of 12 shall ride a bicycle, roller skate, in-line skate, skateboard, ride a scooter, or other non-motorized vehicle on a sidewalk unless a sign permits it, or a person (i.e. a parent) is accompanying the child.
· Cycling is not permitted on sidewalks on Main Street from 8 Avenue to 6 Avenue.
· Do not place cords, hoses, or any other obstructions across a sidewalk or street.
Parking of Recreational Vehicles and Trailers
· RVs are not permitted on the street between midnight and 8 a.m. unless is parked on the street immediately adjoining the owner or operator's place of residence.
· The maximum amount of time it can be parked as described above is for 36 hours and it has not been parked in any area of the street immediately adjoining the owner's residence at any time in the preceding 48 hours.
· The intent of these restrictions is to permit loading/unloading and cleaning.
· Trailers must be attached to vehicles at all times.
· Please be respectful of your neighbourhood and don’t block driveways or create traffic obstructions.
· Bicycles and pedal electric bicycles (e-bikes) are considered the same.
· Bicycles are permitted on multi-use trails. 
· E-scooters are permitted on multi-use trails.
· A person using an e-scooter must yield the right of way to pedestrians in the same way that bicycles, e-bikes, and other forms of vehicles do.
· A person riding a bicycle on a sidewalk or multi-use trail shall yield the right of way to pedestrians.
· A person riding a bicycle through a multi-use or cycle crossing shall yield the right-of-way to vehicles unless right-of-way is otherwise indicated by a traffic control device.
· Only persons operating bicycles and non-motorized vehicles are permitted in exclusive bicycle lanes with some exceptions that include: (a) a pedestrian on foot crossing the exclusive bicycle lane; (b) a pedestrian using a mobility aid.
· A person riding a bicycle must obey the following Province of Alberta laws: Helmets must be worn by all bicycle riders and passengers under the age of 18. Electric or power-assist bicycle riders must wear helmets, regardless of age. All bicycles must have at least one working brake, be equipped with a bell or horn, and use the appropriate hand signals and shoulder check before turning or changing lanes.

Vehicles are not allowed to idle for longer than 5 minutes anywhere within the town.
· Vehicles parked on the street must be moved every 72 hours are considered to be abandoned and may be towed.
· Vehicles leaking fluid onto the street may be towed away at the expense of the owner.
· Vehicles with a capacity of more than 15 people can only park in designated locations.
· No parking permitted in a controlled resident parking zone without a permit.
· Eligibility criteria for residential parking permits include valid Alberta vehicle registration showing a physical address in Canmore, ownership but not permanent residence, in a dwelling unit in Canmore.
· See Paid Parking & Fare Free Transit for more information.

The Town of Canmore is located within Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Goodstoney First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory. We commit to working to live in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.

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