Ontario is taking action to implement #CycleON Action Plan 1.0, that will help keep Ontario cyclists safe and encourage more people to ride a bike. As part of the plan, the province has committed to identify a province-wide network of cycling routes that will:
- Promote recreational cycling and cycling tourism;
- Connect municipal cycling routes and places of interest;
- Identify areas of provincial infrastructure that should accommodate cycling; and,
- Prioritize future cycling infrastructure investments on provincial highways.
In Ontario, most cycling routes were developed by municipalities and various local, regional and national organizations (e.g. Waterfront Trail, Trans Canada Trail, etc.). These routes meet local cycling needs and also support increased cycling tourism.
There is currently limited connectivity between cycling infrastructure in different jurisdictions in the province. Connecting key cycling routes through the development of a province-wide network will support Ontarians in adopting healthier and active lifestyles, promote local cycling tourism, and create a more cycling-friendly future for Ontario.
This Environmental Registry posting:
- identifies the routes recommended in the draft province-wide cycling network; and
- requests public input to guide identification of the final province-wide cycling network.
An interactive map showing the draft province-wide cycling network and a supporting PDF map showing routes that could connect to the province-wide cycling network can be viewed on the Ministry of Transportation website here: Ontario.ca/cycling
Approximately half of the recommended network routes make use of existing cycling infrastructure, meaning that a cycling facility is already in place according to data from sources such as municipal master plans and municipal staff. Of note, all routes are subject to further evaluation. The Ministry welcomes input on the location and condition of these routes through this posting. At this time, route conditions have not been verified through field investigation and existing facilities may require upgrades to meet current provincial guidelines. All routes must be verified once the final preferred province-wide network is identified and an implementation strategy has been developed in consultation with stakeholders.
The network incorporates large segments of existing recognized routes, including the Waterfront Trail and TransCanada Trail. About 30% of the network routes are on provincial infrastructure and 70% are on municipal infrastructure or off-road trails.
The connecting routes were identified with input from stakeholders as secondary routes and are shown for background information purposes.