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|
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.
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.
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