The City of Hamilton provides a combination of off-road multi-use paths, on-street dedicated bike lanes and on-street signed bike routes to serve recreational and commuter cyclists' needs. Cycling, as a means of transportation, helps address environmental issues such as pollution and climate change, and it also improves your personal health through increased physical activity.
One third of all Hamilton commuter trips are within 5 km of work (not even including school trips!), that is a travel time of 25 minutes cycling at an easy pace.
Calculate walking and cycling travel times for trips close to your home (or any address you enter).
Maintenance of bike lanes & multi-use trails
Cycling infrastructure includes both bike lanes and multi-use trails.
Who does what
- Bike lanes within the paved portion of the roadway are maintained as part of the street network by Road Operations.
- Signage, pavement markings, and traffic signals are maintained by Traffic Operations & Engineering.
- Multi-use trails are part of the parks and open space system, and are maintained by Parks Maintenance.
Typically, the multi-use trails that are maintained by the City are owned by the City of Hamilton. There are other trails within the city that are owned and maintained by other organizations, such as the Hamilton Conservation Authority.
Winter maintenance - The City provides winter maintenance of bike lanes within the paved portion of the roadway. Select multi-use trails are ploughed in winter.
Rural resurfacing - In rural areas, the annual road resurfacing process makes cycling a challenge for one or two months afterwards.
Surface Treatment Program
2017 Proposed Surface Treatment Program
|10th Road East||Green Mountain Road East||Mud Street East||11|
|Ainsley Road||Concession 5 East||Lynden Road||14|
|Albert Street||Lynden Road||Howard Street||14|
|Barnabas Street||Lynden Road||Howard Street||14|
|Barnabas Street||Howard Street||End of the road||14|
|Bell Road||Westbrook Road||Woodburn Road||11|
|Berry Road||Hall Road||End of the road||11|
|Berry Road||Hall Road||Bell Road||11|
|Concession 10 West||Valens Road||Cooper Road||15|
|Concession 5 East||Highway 8||End of the road||14|
|Ellen Street||Weinel Drive||Freelton Road||15|
|Ferguson Road||Wilson Street||The municipal boundary||14|
|Fifth Road East||Mud Street East||Green Mountain Road East||11|
|Fleming Avenue||York Road||End of the road||13|
|Fletcher Road||Golf Club Road||Binbrook Road||11|
|Forman Road||Concession 10 West||Gore Road||15|
|French Road||Dickenson Road East||End of the road||11|
|Hall Road||Westbrook Road||Woodburn Road||11|
|Howard Street||Governor's Road||Barnabas Street||14|
|Karendale Crescent||Ellen Street||End of the street||15|
|Liberty Street||Lynden Road||Park Street||14|
|Lynden Road||Jerseyville Road West||Indian Trail||14|
|Maddaugh Road||Highway 6||Gore Road||15|
|Maple Street||Lynden Road||Howard Street||14|
|Meander Close||Centre Road||Meander Close||15|
|Middletown Road||Highway 8||Highway 5||14|
|Middletown Road||Highway 5||Concession 4 West||14|
|Misener Road||The municipal boundary||Indian Trail||14|
|Orkney Road||Concession 2 West||Highway 5||14|
|Park Street||Liberity Street||Union Street||14|
|Parsonage Road||Jerseyville Road West||To end of the road||14|
|Queen Street||Lynden Road||Howard Street||14|
|Ronald Road||The municipal boundary||End of the road||14|
|Settlers Road||Concession 5 West||Concession 6 West||14|
|Sheppard Street||Fleming Road||Sovereign Avenue||13|
|Southcote Road||Butter Street East||End of the road||12|
|Sovereign Avenue||York Road||Sheppard Street||13|
|Taylors Crescent||Old Brock Road||Old Brock Road||14|
|Tisdale Road||White Church Road East||Chippewa Road East||11|
|Tisdale Road||Chippewa Road East||End of the road||11|
|Tyneside Road||White Church Road East||Chippewa Road East||11|
|Union Street||Park Street||Lynden Road||14|
|Walker Road||Tyneside Road||End of the road||11|
|Weinel Drive||Karendale Crescent||Brock Road||15|
|Westbrook Road||150m south of Bell Road||35m north of Kirk Road||11|
|Woodburn Road||Binbrook Road||Kirk Road||11|
There are a few different types of bike racks/ bike parking facilities in Hamilton. e-bikes that conform to provincial standards are permitted to be locked to on-street bike racks situated along the side of city streets. Please be respectful of pedestrians by ensuring your bicycle or e-bike does not obstruct pedestrians.
On-street bike racks
Including single-ring, multi-rings, and bike corrals.
Off-street bike racks
Provided by private property owners.
Enclosed bike parking
There are many bike parking locations throughout the City.
Request bike parking at a new location
The City of Hamilton will be providing and installing bicycle parking in various locations across the city. These facilities can only be installed on the City’s right-of-way and must not obstruct other modes of transportation, especially pedestrians.
To request a new bike parking location, complete the online bike parking request form. All request locations will be reviewed prior to installation.
Bikes on transit
Bus bike racks
- We have installed bike racks on the entire HSR bus fleet - Bikes on Buses Program
- GO Transit also uses the same design of bike rack on their bus fleet that connects the Hamilton area to the GTA. Bicycles are also permitted on GO Trains, but check GO Transit for time period restrictions.
Mountain Climber Program
- You can use our bike racks to bring your bike up and down the James Mountain Road/West 5th Cut for free. Find out more about the Mountain Climber Program.
All The Right Gears
442 Millen Rd., Unit #16 (at South Service Rd.), Hamilton/Stoney Creek
202 Dundurn St. South, Hamilton
892 Brant St., Burlington
965 King St. East, Hamilton/Downtown
Downtown Bike Hounds
19 John St. North, Hamilton/Downtown
Dundas Speed Shop
64 Hatt St., Hamilton/Dundas
9 King St. West, Hamilton/Dundas
Hammer City Cycle
730 Upper James St, Unit #5 (behind the LCBO), Hamilton/Mountain
McMaster University (North end of Ron Joyce Stadium)
1280 Main St, West, Hamilton/Cootes
905-525-9140 ext. 26629
1461 Main St. East, Hamilton/Kenilworth
New Hope Community Bikes
1422 Main St. East, Hamilton/Kenilworth
560 Plains Rd, East, Burlington
840 King St. West, Hamilton/Cootes
Erskine Presbyterian Church basement
19 Pearl St. North, Hamilton/Downtown
Recycle Cycles hours
Rolling Horse Community Cycle
650 Plains Rd. East, Unit #2 (at King Rd.), Burlington
Scattolon Cycle & Sports
1527 Upper Ottawa, Hamilton/Mountain
828 Fennell Ave. East, Hamilton/Mountain
Operation Bike Guard
Hamilton Police Services have just launched an easier way to record information that identifies your bicycle should it be stolen. One of the issues with bicycle theft is the difficulty of identifying bicycles when they are recovered. Visit www.hamiltonpolice.on.ca for more details.
Record your bicycle serial number to facilitate claiming your bicycle should it ever be stolen. Aside from storing the number in your own home, there are bike registries on the web that offer a similar service. Typically the serial number of your bicycle is on the frame under the shaft that houses the pedals.
If your bicycle is stolen, please visit the police station nearest you to file a stolen/lost bicycle report. The report must be filled out in person and they will provide you with more details at that time. The bicycle report will enable the Police to identify your bike should it be recovered and also the report provides statistical information. The Hamilton Police hold unclaimed bicycles for a minimum of 30 days; so should your bicycle be stolen, check with the Police. The Police do not hold their own auctions to get rid of unclaimed bicycles. Unclaimed bicycles are auctioned off through an online service based in Toronto.
Electric bikes or e-bikes, both those resembling conventional bicycles and those resembling motor scooters, are allowed on roads and highways where conventional bicycles are currently permitted. They must follow the same rules of the road as set out in the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) that currently apply to cyclists, with some exceptions.
In order to operate an e-bike:
- Operators must be 16 years of age or older;
- All operators must wear an approved bicycle or motorcycle helmet at all times.
Bicycle commuting tips
Ride your bike to work, school or even just to run a few errands on the weekend
Many of our daily trips are well within cycling distance from 0 to 5 km. Trips taken by bike save you the cost of transit, gas, parking, have zero impact on air quality, and burn calories with every pedal forward.
If you already ride your bike then you already know the many benefits – but if you’re new to this idea make the transition easier and fun by planning ahead:
- Buy a new bike or dust off that bike you’ve had for years and get a tune up.
- Make a check-list of what you’ll need to make your bike the new vehicle of choice: a bell, reflective tape, lights for the front and the back of your bike, water bottle cage, a bike rack or basket, tire repair kit, a rear-view mirror, a bike radio, streamers, a travel mug holder…the accessory options are endless!
- Plan your trip using the City of Hamilton’s Bike Route Maps: Urban Map (PDF) | Rural Map (PDF)
- Do a test ride to your pre-mapped destination on the weekend.
- Take it easy. Start slow. Begin by riding one day per week to build up your cardio and confidence.
- Feeling rusty on the rules of the road? Brush up or take a refresher course
- Look out for bike clubs and events in your community including the Smart Commute Bike to work day
- If you live too far away to bike the entire distance to work or school, mix and match with transit.
Cycling groups & events
Climbing the escarpment
The Mountain Climber Program can be used to carry your bike up and down the escarpment for free on James Mountain Road/West 5th Cut.
If you are motivated to use muscle power it is a matter of physics and facilities. Bike lanes exist on the Jolley Cut and on the Wilson Street Hill to climb the escarpment. Also, five multi-use trails exist that scale the escarpment including the Hamilton-Brantford Rail Trail, the Chedoke Radial Trail, the Escarpment Rail Trail, the Red Hill Valley Trail (steeper), and the Mount Albion Trail.
You can climb the escarpment
A physicist will tell you that riding a bicycle is one-half to one-fifth the work of walking. The difference lessens as a hill steepens but riding is easier than walking below grades of about 15%, which is steeper than any road in this region.
This means that if you can walk up a road, you ought to be able to cycle up it more easily. If you cannot, you are doing something wrong.
(NB: it is not an athlete writing this, it is a man in late middle age who took eight minutes to run a mile the only time he ever timed himself, which was 40 years ago.)
To climb the escarpment, all you need is low gears and patience. You will need either a mountain bike or a road bike with a triple chainring in front. Put it in the lowest gear and go slow. Go slowly from the bottom. Go so slowly that you think you will fall off, no faster than 5 kph or 6 kph. That is equivalent to walking up at 3 kph. It will feel like a snail's pace but it will be faster and easier than walking.
Climbing the escarpment is easier still if you have toe clips or clipless pedals that will fasten your feet to the pedals and allow you to pull up as well as to push down. That will give you about one-third more power. The first time you use those muscles, in a few seconds your legs will feel as though they are ready to fall off, but those muscles are large ones that strengthen rapidly. The third or fourth day that you use them, you will probably be able to use them all the way to the top. - Charles Mauer, Writer
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