Are You Going to Bike in Oakville This Summer?
June is Bike Month and the Town of Oakville wants you to explore the 193 kilometres of cycling paths we’ve got.
The town is opening pop-ups at community centres all month with ideas on where to ride and incentives to get you going.
Bike month events are on the Oakville Bike Month page.
Participants who show they have biked to the event will receive their own cycling handbook and free cycling accessories.
“Council remains committed to supporting convenient, healthy ways for residents and visitors to get around Oakville,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “We encourage everyone to get outside and discover our cycling paths and trails.”
Bike Month is part of the Active Transportation Master Plan (ATMP) to encourage cycling as an alternative method of transportation.
The ATMP program was introduced in 2009 and updated in 2017 to make the town more pedestrian- and cycling-friendly.
The town received $645,376 through the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program (OMCCP) to help in the completion of many ATMP projects.
Forty signed bike routes and dedicated bike lanes are planned for this year using the money from the OMCCP.
According to the 2017 World Council on City Data (WCCD) rankings, Oakville places 10th out of 50 cities for the number of bicycle paths per capita. That’s ahead of Toronto (ranked 27th) and European cities such as Amsterdam (ranked 15th) and The Hague (ranked 14th).
Some key cycling programs set to start during Bike Month include:
Bike corrals will be back again this summer on Bronte Road near Marine Drive, on Kerr Street near Herald Avenue, and on Lakeshore Road near Forsythe Street. The corrals accommodate 10 to 12 bikes.
Secure Bicycle Parking at the Downtown Parking Garage
Fifteen secure bike parking spots at the 300 Church Street parking garage will be monitored by security cameras and in sight of the parking attendant 24 hours a day. The area will include a repair and tune-up station with screwdrivers, wrenches, a built-in pump, and more. This program is supported by the Metrolinx Bikelinx program.
Bike to Bus along Third Line
Soon you may bike to any of the twelve bus stops along Third Line from Abbeywood Drive/Kings College Drive to Pine Glen Road, lock your bike at one of the newly installed bike racks and board Oakville Transit to complete your trip. This new program is supported by the Public Transit and Infrastructure Fund.
A paved trail has been added at the Crosstown Trail from Neyagawa Boulevard to east of Trafalgar Road. Thed trail is designed to be safe and balanced for all users, providing rest areas and connections with community centres, public transit, parks, schools, and other important locations.
Details on all the town’s cycling programs and services can be found on the Cycle, Walk Oakville page.