Get Active: Cycling Edit
Cycling in Toronto
Cycling in Toronto is a great way to get around and have fun while adding physical activity into your day.
Learning how to cycle safely is one of the first steps to take before getting on a bike. Below 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
Ride safely and avoid being fined by having the proper lighting on your bike. The law requires that you have:
- a white light at the front of your bike and a red light or reflector at the back.
- white reflective tape on the front and red reflective tape on the back
The Ministry of Transportation Ontario has a great guide on where to locate these items.
A bell or horn is also required to let other cyclists and pedestrians know you are approaching.
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 for this and other ways to share the road safely.
New cyclists, cycling with children or cycling in winter
Toronto has many bike-friendly ways to get around the city. Click here to learn about Toronto's growing number of bike lanes.
In winter, you can contact 3-1-1 to submit a service request to clear a bike lane of snow.
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.
- 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