As the province plans for recovery, the town is beginning to carefully and responsibly bring back services and reopen some public spaces, programs and services. Provincial emergency orders and the town’s physical distancing by-law remain in effect. We must all continue to follow guidelines from Public Health officials.
With over 193 kilometres of on- and off-road cycling paths, over 200 kilometres of trails, 1,420 hectares of parkland, 31 waterfront parks, and more than 200 parks with playgrounds and sports fields, Oakville has recreational opportunities for everyone!
The Cycle, Walk Oakville map will help you plan your cycling or walking route through the town. Pick up printed maps at Town Hall or one of the town’s community centres, arenas or libraries or visit the Trails and Cycleways online map.
A continuing pilot project, bike corrals are in place on Bronte Road near Marine Drive and on Kerr Street near Herald Avenue throughout the summer and into the fall. The corrals accommodate 10 to 12 bikes in about the same amount of space as a parked car.
There are fifteen secure bike parking spots at the 300 Church Street parking garage, monitored by security cameras and in sight of the parking attendant 24 hours a day. The area includes a multi-tool repair and tune-up station with standard screwdrivers, wrenches, a built-in pump with pressure gauge, and more. This program is supported by the Metrolinx Bikelinx program.
You can now 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 four-metre wide asphalt multi-use trail has been added at the Crosstown Trail from Neyagawa Boulevard to east of Trafalgar Road. The paved trail is designed to be safe and balanced for all users; provides rest areas; and connects with community centres, public transit, parks, schools, and other key destinations. The area also has a bike repair station at the Sixth Line intersection. This project was made possible with support through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program/Avec l’appui du Programme d’infrastructure communautaire de Canada 150.
Check out the Active Transportation trends map that shows the number of active transportation trips recorded by Strava users registered in Oakville.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn more about all of Oakville's recreational trails that meander across all communities and connect all sections of the town.
Visit the cycling safety page for tips and videos on cycling safety, town bike by-laws and rules of the road.
Check out our cycling education videos:
Check out the town’s Cycling Handbook (pdf) to learn more about cycling preparedness, bikes and public transit, and much more.
You can also pick one up at one of our community centres, libraries or at Town Hall. The following translated versions of these guides are also available at any community centre, library or at Town Hall:
Download your copy of the Cycling Activity Booklet (pdf) for fun puzzles that teach riders about bike safety, how to correctly fit your helmet, and 10 reasons for riding your bike to school!
Thanks to a previous Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund (OSRCF) grant to Make Your Move, the Recreation and Culture department introduced CAN-BIKE programs to Oakville so that people of all ages could learn how to ride a bike safely. Due to their popularity, we are pleased to continue offering CAN-BIKE programs in Oakville.
Visit the Recreation and Culture program registration page and search for “CAN Bike”
The town is in its second year of offering four weeks of summer bike camp programs for children ages 8 to 12. Visit the Recreation and Culture program registration page and search for “Oakville Cycle Camp”
Oakville is home to a number of cycling events throughout the summer. If you have a community cycling event, post it on our events calendar.
Regular, moderate physical activity is good for your heart. Health Canada has tips for children, youth, adults and older adults about how to make physical activity part of your day, every day.
Choose activities that you enjoy and can do regularly:
If you have been inactive and want to begin an exercise program, it's a good idea to see your doctor first. Visit the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario site to view their list of risk factors.
For more information about Oakville’s plan to expand the town’s on- and off- road paths and promote cycling and walking throughout the town visit our Active Transportation Master Plan page.