Identifying a Province-wide Cycling Network

Ontario is taking action to implement #CycleON Ontario’s Cycling Strategy, to help keep Ontario cyclists safe and encourage more people to ride a bike. As part of #CycleON Action Plan 1.0, the province has identified a long-term aspirational network of cycling routes across Ontario 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.

The network was identified through a multi-phase process that included technical steps and significant engagement input.

Download the final report on the Province-wide Cycling Network Study for a complete summary of the network identification process and results.

Ontario’s #CycleON Action Plan 2.0 includes next steps for the province-wide cycling network. Check this page for updates.

Province-wide Cycling Network

This map is for discussion only – It is not intended for navigation.

Existing on road bike routes

Existing on road routes*

Proposed on road bike routes

Proposed on road routes*

Existing off road bike routes

Existing off road routes◊

Proposed off road bike routes

Proposed off road routes◊

Understanding the Province-wide Cycling Network Map

The study to identify the Province-wide Cycling Network is intended to inform and guide future cycling infrastructure decisions with the long-term goal of establishing a connected and consistent network. The routes presented on the network map were identified in the study but are not a prescriptive plan that the province and its partners are bound to. All the routes identified on the network are subject to further evaluation. Route conditions have not yet been verified through field investigation and existing facilities may require upgrades to meet current provincial guidelines.

The next step will be to develop an implementation plan for the network in consultation with stakeholders. The plan will help us move forward with route verification and development of the network in phases that align with the investments the province and its partners continue to make in cycling infrastructure.

*On-road routes are located inside the right-of-way: a strip of land within the limits of which a road or highway is built and is often indicated by a fence line or bush line. In this map, “on-road” means that the cycling route is on or adjacent to the roadway surface.

The appropriate cycling facility for routes in the right-of-way of the province wide network will vary significantly, from signed routes shared with motor vehicles to cycling paths adjacent to the road but separated from motor vehicle traffic. The province-wide cycling network study has identified a preliminary level of separation for future consideration. The appropriate facility in each case would be determined through a feasibility study. Please note that in the map on this page, all on-road facility route lines are assigned to the road centerline, regardless of the location of the facility within the road right-of-way.

◊ Off-road routes are located outside the road right-of-way. The preferred facility type and surface of these routes will vary. The province-wide cycling network study has identified a preliminary level of separation for future consideration. The appropriate facility in each case would be determined through a feasibility study.

Download text description of the cycling network routes PDF (0.11 MB)

Download data (KML – 10.5 MB) - last updated April 18, 2018

If you require the mapped information in an accessible format, we will work with you to provide a format or support that will meet your needs. Please make requests to CycleONStrategy@ontario.ca.

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