Oakville celebrates Bike Month throughout June

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Bike Month is an opportunity for people to try riding a bike for the first time, learn new skills, or simply have fun and connect with new people. It’s taking the time to rekindle the youthful magic of exploring your neighbourhood by bike or share that joy with the next generation of bike riders. Bike Month is a celebration of cycling.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, riding a bike continues to be a safe mode of transportation for essential workers and others making essential trips. It’s also a healthy way to explore your community while getting some exercise.

“Council remains committed to supporting convenient, healthy ways for residents and visitors to get around Oakville,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “While we encourage you to get outside and ride your bike, please always follow up-to-date public health guidelines.”

Bike Month across the GTHA and Guelph is coordinated by Cycle Toronto and supported by The Town of Oakville, The City of Toronto, York Region, The Region of Peel, The City of Mississauga, The City of Brampton, The City of Hamilton, The City of Burlington, The City of Guelph, The Town of Caledon, The Town of Halton Hills and The Town of Milton.

The Bike Month event calendar is where people can share community events taking place between May 31 and June 30. You’ll find online cycling workshops, rides, and other activities taking place throughout the month.

Take a breath of fresh air and get on your bike. In 2021, we’re introducing the Bike Month kilometre counter where you can keep track of your trips made by bike and the positive impact you’re having on the environment. Join us as we attempt to ride 7,200 kilometres, the distance from St. John’s to Vancouver by bike! Check out the Bike Month website to log the trips you’ve taken by bike.

Join us for our series of safe cycling webinars taking place throughout Bike Month! We’ll show you everything you need to know to ride safely and confidently, what all road users can do to help share the road, how to ride with pets and children, and how to ride in all weather conditions. Register at the Bike Month Events page.

Oakville has over 240 kilometres of on-road bike lanes and off-road cycling paths and offers a vast array of cycling facilities, including:

Bike corrals will be 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 bike racks and board Oakville Transit to complete your trip. This 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.

Learn more about cycling facilities in Oakville and check out the online trail and cycle map on our Cycle, Walk Oakville page.