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.
Cycling with your family
Before going out on a family biking adventure, be sure that everyone is wearing a helmet. Here are some tips on how to properly fit a helmet.
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: 10-15 km of riding onto the peninsula. Enjoy a beautiful view of Lake Ontario at the end. Also home to 300 species of birds. 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:12 km loop bordered by McCowan and McNicoll, Huntingwood to Birchmount
- High Park: Road and paved trails
- Toronto Islands: Just a short ferry ride from the city. 6 km scenic easy bike trail. You can take your own bike on either the Ward's or Hanlan's Point ferries.
Learning how to cycle safely is one of the first steps to take before getting on a bike.
Wearing a bike helmet increases your chances of surviving a fall, a crash or a collision. We all like better odds, so wear a bike helmet every time.
Here are some great tips for cycling safely:
- CAA Bike Safety
- The Toronto Cyclists Handbook: available in 13 different languages
- Ministry of Transportation: get the details for rules and regulations of the road and safe cycling guides
Rules of the Road
Know your responsibilities- you could be fined
- Proper lights are required - A white light at the front and a red light at the back of the bike, as well as white reflective tape on the front and red reflective tape on the back of your bicycle frame
- A bell or horn is required to let other cyclists and pedestrians know you are approaching
Find out about the changes to Making Ontario Roads Safer Act, Bill-31.
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 cycling in the rain.
Car Bike Collisions
Between 2014 and 2016 there was a 58% increase in dooring collisions. Dooring is a term that used to describe an incident in which an occupant of a parked vehicle opens their door and hits a passing cyclists. Learn how to reduce the risk.
Being a Cyclist in Toronto
Toronto has many bike-friendly ways to get around the city. Learn about Toronto's expanding bike lane infrastructure to find out what option is best for you.
Self-service bike repair stations are now open at 20 TTC subway stations. They include most tools like air pumps, wrenches, screw drivers, wheel chocks for the cyclists to repair their bikes.
Where to Park Your Bike
The City has several bicycle parking programs that can provide short-term and long-term parking.
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 a Toronto off road cycling park
- 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 roads
Get Involved with improving your Community
Toronto Public Health has a series of reports on how local communities shape the health of their residents.
View the improving walking and cycling in Toronto report for more information.