Whitby is committed to building stronger active transportation connections throughout the Town to fulfill your needs, whether you are commuting to work, exercising, or heading out for a leisurely stroll.
In Whitby, 0.2% of all trips today are made by cycling and 5.2% by walking. However, 47% of all trips made by automobile are 5 km or less in distance. If just a third of these trips were converted to on foot or by bicycle, then about 20% of all trips would be by walking and cycling.
- Transportation for Tomorrow Survey
Where to cycle
Understanding cycling facilities
Cycling facilities are places you can safely and legal ride your bike including bike routes, shared roadways and multi-use paths.
Bike Route: a portion of a roadway which has been designated by pavement marking and signed exclusive use of cyclists.
Shared Road: a road where both motorists and cyclists share the same vehicular travel lane.
These paved asphalt paths, known as “multi-use paths”, are an alternative to sidewalks and provide a number of advantages including:
- They’re wider than a sidewalk – at approximately 3 metres wide, the asphalt path, allows multiple walkers to travel beside each other.
- They’re smoother than a sidewalk – which makes them more comfortable for wheelchairs, rollerblades, skateboards, bikes and all modes of active transportation.
- They offer cyclists an alternative to riding on sidewalks, which are meant only for pedestrian use.
Greenbelt Cycling Route
The Greenbelt is 728,000 hectares of protected countryside that stretches from Rice Lake to the Niagara River. The Ontario Greenbelt Cycling Route was developed by the Waterfront Regeneration Trust and Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. It is 600 kilometres and a portion of the route is within the Town of Whitby. Discover the Greenbelt Cycling Route.
Experience Whitby's beautiful natural environment by hiking or cycling one of the Town's many trails
Waterfront Trail: Whitby's Waterfront Trail is 13 km of family-friendly Trail great for cycling and walking. There are a number of beautiful natural areas to enjoy along the trail, such as Lynde Shore Conservation Area, Thickson's Woods, the Rowe House, Port Whitby Marina's Clubhouse, Rotary Sunrise Lake Park and Kiwanis Heydenshore Park.
Cycling and Leisure Trails Plan
A high level strategic plan, the Whitby Cycling and Leisure Trails Plan, provides a number of recommendations related to: a connected network of cycling and leisure trails with priority segments identified; design tools to create the network and facilities; supporting policies and related initiatives, and monitoring, asset management, and maintenance.
Cycle Safety and Skills
Under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act (HTA), a bicycle is a vehicle. This means that, as a cyclist, you have the same rights and responsibilities to obey all traffic laws. As a cyclist, you must share the road with others (e.g., cars, buses, trucks, motorcycles, etc.).
Duty of Cyclists:
- must obey all traffic laws
- have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers
- cannot carry passengers - if your bicycle is only meant for one person
- use care and caution when cycling with young children who are too young to ride themselves
Duty of Drivers:
- must obey all traffic laws
- watch out for cyclists as they are smaller than cars and trucks harder to see
- check for cyclists in your blind spots and especially when turning at intersections
- check in your rear-view and side mirrors to avoid opening your car door into the path of cyclist
- prepared to slow down and stop for young cyclist. They may lack the necessary knowledge and skills for safe cycling around traffic, and may not be aware of all the dangers
Ontario's Guide to Safe Cycling features rules of the road, helmet information, and safety tips. The Young Cyclist's Guide has riding tips, information on bicycle equipment and the explains the rules for the road.
Bike Month is an annual celebration of biking. Bike Month 2018 is from May 28 to June 30. We encourage all Whitby residents to get out and enjoy the cycling facilities throughout Whitby.
Participate in Bike to Work Day on May 28 and Bike to School Week from May 28 - June 1.
Learn more about Bike Month at bikemonth.ca.