Get Active: Cycling Edit
Cycling in Toronto is a great way to get around and have fun while adding physical activity into your day.
You don't even need your own bike to do it - Bike Share Toronto allows users to pick up, and drop off bicycles from location to location, 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.
Learning how to cycle safely is one of the first steps to take before getting on a bike. Here are some great tips for cycling safely.
Wearing a bike helmet lowers your chance of being seriously hurt after a crash or fall. We all like better odds, so always wear a bike helmet.
Lights and Bells
- You should have these lights on your bike:
- A white light at the front and a red light at the back of the bike
- White reflective tape on the front and red reflective tape on the back of your bicycle
- A bell or horn is required to let other cyclists and pedestrians know you are approaching
Riding at Night
Riding at night and not sure where to put reflectors? The Ministry of Transportation Ontario has a great guide on where to put reflectors. Toronto Public Health also has general cycling videos for riding at night, in all seasons, and in the rain.
Car Bike Collisions
The number of dooring collisions in Toronto has been rising. Dooring is a term used to describe an incident in which an occupant of a parked vehicle opens their door and hits a passing cyclist. Learn how to lower the risk.
Cycling in Toronto
You can contact 3-1-1 to submit a service request to clear the bike lane of snow.
Toronto has many bike-friendly ways to get around the city. Click here Learn about Toronto's growing number of bike lanes.
Self-service bike repair stations are now open at 20 TTC subway stations. They have most tools cyclists to repair their bikes like:
- air pumps
- screw drivers
- wheel chocks
Parking Your Bike
The City has several bicycle parking programs that let you park your bike for either a long or short amount of time.
Planning a Cycling Trip
Here are a few ideas for your next adventure:
- Bring your bike on the train!
- Cycle and explore great trails and scenery across Ontario.
- Think local. Toronto has many wonderful parks and trails for cyclists of all levels
- Visit one of the bike parks
Family Friendly Biking Trails
- Waterfront trail: Well-paved biking trails that extend from west (Etobicoke) to east(Scarborough) along Lake Ontario
- Leslie Street Spit/Tommy Thompson park: A 10-15 km riding trail along the peninsula with 300 species of birds and ending with a beautiful view of Lake Ontario. . Only open on weekends.
- Humber River and Old Mill (PDF): Well paved, even, trail
- Lower Don Recreation Trail: Well paved trail
- North Scarborough Green Loop: A 12 km loop that takes riders around McCowan, McNicoll, Huntingwood and Birchmount
- High Park: Road and paved trails
- Plan your safest route and avoid construction projects in your neighbourhood
- Find out all the road restrictions in your area before you head out on the road
New to cycling?
Check out these tips and tricks for new cyclists.