Start Spinning your Wheels!
Burlington and area is a wonderful place to cycle in all seasons with scenic rural roads, picturesque waterfront trails and historic downtown routes. Some of our major attractions such as Bronte Creek Provincial Park and Conservation Halton also have trail network at their locations. Did you know that Burlington has been awarded the city with a Bicycle Friendly Community Award Silver designation by Share the Road Cycling Coalition?
Download Social Cyclist the app that allows you to record your route and use the data to improve the bike amenities in Burlington. Start recording your rides, report road conditions, request bike parking and bike share stations.
This velodrome is located in south Milton and is the first-ever UCI-regulated, class 1 indoor velodrome in Canada, and only the second in North America. It features a 250-metre timber track with two 42-degree angle banks. The Mattamy National Cycling Centre (home of the Cycling Canada’s national track cycling program) has seating for 1,500. The facility also includes community recreational space including a cardio and strength training fitness centre, group fitness studio, 300 metre walking/jogging track and three sport courts for volleyball, basketball, and badminton. It serves as both a community recreation facility and a venue for provincial, national and international events. Check out some great videos, including one in the series called our games begin produced by government of Ontario and one from Rick Mercer Reports.
There are a number of maps available for cyclists for the area including:
- Burlington Cycling Network – online map
- Burlington Trails & Tourism Maps – 2016 – Side 1, 2016 – Side 2
- Halton Cycling – Home of Canadian Cycling!
- Bikes and Transit – local biking routes online – with GPS and Google maps
Types of Cycling and Pathways in Burlington
- On-road bike lanes: with designated portion of the existing roadway for cyclists and lanes are delineated by a painted white strip and bike symbols
- On-road bike route: preferred route connecting other cycling routes identified with signs but without designated bike lanes in place
- Multi-use path – adjacent to the road: two-way pathway separated from roadway by curb and open space shared by more than one type of user (cyclists, pedestrians and in-line skaters)
- Off-road multi-use path: two-way pathway shared by more than one type of user usually located within park or hydro corridor
- Urkai rents bikes, helmets and child seats, everything you need to get our and explore Burlington. These rentals are available from April 1 – October 31
- Hamilton Social Bicycles – Hamilton Bike Share Program – 750 bikes available to rent at 105 locations – download their app to book a bike (closest location to Burlington is Princess Point, Dundurn Castle)
Burlington Transit vehicles are equipped with bike racks to assist cyclists in using public transit. Check their website for video on how to use these racks.
The City also has installed the following bike racks:
- 33 bicycle rack facility at the downtown parking garage on 414 Locust Avenue (conveniently located next to the Visitor Information Centre)
- Bike racks and/or shelters at Tansley Woods and Brant Hills Community Centre and the Burlington Seniors Centre
- 25 public art bike racks installed throughout the downtown.
CAA Member Road Side Cycle Assistance
CAA has begun a program specifically for CAA members who are cyclists. CAA Bike Assist offers road-side assistance for you and your bike. If you have a problem that cannot be remedied on-site, they will ‘tow’ you to where you need to go.
- City of Burlington – Cycling Seminars
- Kelso Mountain Bike Race Series – May – Aug
- MEC Bikefest – May/June
- Xterra Mine Over Matter – Off Road – June
- Great Waterfront Trail Adventure
- Ontario by Bike Events
- Epic Tour Halton – GTA’s Grand Fondo – September
- Bike Repair Stand – Spencer Smith Park (along promenade near pond and playground), City Hall, Appleby Line at Centennial, Roly Bird Park – City of Burlington
- Brant Cycle – 892 Brant St.
- Urkai – 678 Guelph Line (service bikes they sell/rent)
- Mountain Equipment Coop – 1030 Brant St.
- Neworld Cycle – 560 Plains Rd. E.
- Rock and Road Cycle and Sports – 2501 Guelph Line
- Rolling Horse Community Cycle – Refurbished Bike Sales & Service
- Flying Monkey Bike Shop – Campbellville
Ontario by Bike Network (formerly Welcome Cyclist Network)
Ontario by Bike is an initiative focused on connecting cyclists to bicycle friendly accommodations, restaurants, attractions, cycling businesses and community facilities. Each of these Burlington locations offer secure bike racks/shelters, cycling information and a MEC bike repair kit for emergency use. Look for the Welcome Cyclist accreditation symbol in many of our community facilities, attractions, hotels and tourist information centre. This symbol ensures a safe place to store your bike, access a repair kit and obtain information on cycling in our community and region. Come in and say hello! For information on the Welcome Cyclist Network and cycle friendly facilities in the Halton Region visit.
Burlington venues registered with the Network:
- Burlington City Hall
- Burlington Beach Rentals
- Tansley Woods Community Centre
- Brant Hills Community Centre
- Cedar Springs Health, Racquet & Sports Club
- Tourism Burlington – Visitor Information Centre
- Bronte Creek Provincial Park
- Conservation Halton – Rattlesnake Point & Hilton Falls Conservation Areas
- Mountain Equipment Coop
- Neworld Cycle
- Best Western PLUS Burlington Inn & Suites
- Comfort Inn
- Heart of Burlington Bed and Breakfast
- Hilton Garden Inn Burlington
- Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel & Conference Centre
- Homewood Suites by Hilton
- Waterfront Hotel Downtown Burlington
- Mr. Sub (Plains Rd.)
- Bike Train
- Bikes and Transit
- Burlington Cycling Committee
- Burlington Transit and Transit Bike Racks
- Halton Outdoor Club
- Trans Canada Trail
- Waterfront Trail
- Ontario by Bike, Cycling in Ontario video
- Everytrail – HamBur Loop
- Share the Road
- Greenbelt Route
- Oakville Cycling Club
- Burlington Bike Ride Experience (blog)
- Cycling in Burlington (YouTube Video)