Cycle, Walk Oakville will help you plan your cycling or walking route through the town’s beautiful trails and roadways. With over 105 kilometres of on- and off-road cycling paths, over 150 kilometres of trails, 420 hectares of parkland and more than 200 parks, playgrounds, sports fields and 31 waterfront parks, Oakville has recreational opportunities for everyone! View the Cycle, Walk Oakville map at  www.oakville.ca.

New this year — access cycling and walking trails online

The interactive map will give you information about the trail/roadway, location and amenities.

To access the online map, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the Maps page
  2. click on “More Maps”
  3. choose “Cycleways and Trails” from the drop down menu
  4. click on “Load Map”
  5. printed maps are available at the Bronte BIA.

Other Helpful Websites

http://www.sharetheroad.ca/
www.facebook.com/CycleOakville
http://www.waterfronttrail.org/
http://www.welcomecyclists.ca/

Safety First

Get outside and enjoy all that our area has to offer. When cycling, please keep these important road rules in mind. Under the Highway Traffic Act, bicycles are classified as vehicles.

Roadway rules

  • Slow moving traffic – Any vehicle or cyclist moving slower than the normal traffic speed should drive in the right-hand lane, or as close as possible to the right edge of the road except when preparing to turn left or when passing another vehicle. For cyclists, you must ride far enough out from the curb to maintain a straight line, clear of sewer grates, debris, potholes, and parked car doors. You may occupy any part of a lane when your safety warrants it.
  • One-way streets – ride in the designated direction on one-way streets.
  • Crosswalks – Stop for pedestrians at crosswalks. Dismount and walk your bike when crossing within a crosswalk, at a midblock trail location or pedestrian crossover location.
  • Identification – Cyclists must stop and identify themselves when required to stop by police for breaking traffic laws. The police officer will ask you for your correct name and street address.
  • Expressways – Bicycles are prohibited on highways such as the QEW and the 400 series highways, and on roads where “No Bicycle” signs are posted.
  • Passengers – Passengers are not allowed on a bicycle designated for one person.

Oakville cycling laws

  • Trick riding – No cyclist shall indulge in trick riding or otherwise ride so as to prevent the full use of both hands to control the bicycle when travelling on a roadway or multi-use trail.
  • Riding side by side – No cyclist shall ride a bicycle on any roadway beside another bicycle except in the course of passing another bicycle.
  • Parking – No person shall park a bicycle on any roadway, shoulder, cycle lane or multi-use trail.
  • Sidewalks – Cycling on town sidewalks is prohibited, except for children under the age of 11 years old, with wheel diameters that do not exceed 51 centimetres or 20 inches. A parent, guardian or other adult may also ride a bicycle on the sidewalk while accompanying the child. Every rider of a bicycle, when approaching a pedestrian on a sidewalk, shall give adequate warning of their approach and shall take every necessary precaution to avoid a collision and shall give pedestrians the right-of-way. Furthermore, cycling on sidewalks in downtown Oakville, Kerr or Bronte business districts is prohibited.
  • Parks and trails – Cyclists are required to have proper equipment as per the Ontario regulations when utilizing any parks and trails within the town. All motorized vehicles are prohibited, including e-bikes, in all areas other than the designated roadway space.
  • Harbours, wharfs and piers – Cycling is prohibited in these areas.

Ontario cycling laws

  • Bicycle helmets – It is strongly recommended that all cyclists, regardless of age, wear an approved bicycle helmet. Your personal safety is your responsibility. However, Ontario law mandates that anyone under the age of 18 must wear a helmet. Parents or guardians shall not knowingly permit cyclists under 16 years old to ride without a helmet
  • Lights – A bicycle must have a white front light and a red rear light or reflector if you ride between half hour before sunset and half after sunrise, and white reflective tape on the front forks, and red reflective tape on the rear forks.
  • Bell – A bicycle must have a bell or a horn in good working order.
  • Brakes – A bicycle must have at least one brake system on the rear wheel. When you apply the brakes, you should be able to skid on dry, level pavement.

Trail types

On-road

  • Cycle lanes – Roads with on-road cycle lanes designate a portion of the existing roadway for use by cyclists only. Cycle lanes may be marked by a painted white line, buffered space, or a physical barrier. Cycle lanes have bicycle symbols on the pavement and are identified by dedicated signs along the roadway.
  • Sharrows – Roads with sharrows are shared roadways with a specific bicycle symbol. This symbol indicates where cyclists should generally position themselves while sharing the roadway with motorized vehicles.
  • Signed cycle routes – Roads with bicycle route signs help direct cyclists to the primary network. These roads typically have lower traffic volumes, are used by both motor vehicles and cyclists, and they may also contain sharrows.
  • Paved shoulders – Roads with paved shoulders are shared by more than one type of user (cyclists, pedestrians, in-line skaters and vehicles for emergency use). Paved shoulders are typically located on rural roads.

Off-road

  • Multi-use trail (within boulevard) – A two-way path physically separated from the travelled portion of a roadway by barrier curb and/or open space. Multi-use trails are shared by more than one type of user (cyclists, pedestrians, in-line skaters, etc.). All motorized vehicles (autos, scooters, e-bikes) are prohibited.
  • Major trails (within parks/valleys) – A two-way path shared by mainly cyclists and pedestrians. These are typically located within parks, open spaces valleys, and along hydro corridors. These trails may not be accessible to all users. All motorized vehicles (autos, scooters, e-bikes) are prohibited.

Trail etiquette

  • Stay on marked trails; signs will help guide your way
  • Keep to the right
  • Keep all pets on a leash and be sure to clean up after them
  • Be aware of poison ivy and giant hogweed
  • Note and obey all signage

Coyotes

Coyotes are found throughout North America, living in rural and urban areas. Coyotes have been spotted throughout Oakville’s trails. To avoid coyotes, educate yourself on normal and abnormal coyote behaviour and remove all attractants such as food.

Make Your Move

The Town of Oakville encourages residents to Make Your Move, to be more active and lead a healthier lifestyle. Explore the town’s extensive network of trails and cycling routes across all communities of the town. Select the trails that are right for your ability. The town has many great trails of varying lengths and difficulties ranging from easy to access with stable conditions to steeper trails with loose surfaces. Thanks to the Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport for their support of the Make Your Move program. For more information, visit the Make Your Move page.