Biking & Cyclists

Keddy Access Trail

Sustainable Mobility Award

The Transportation Association of Canada’s (TAC) Sustainable Mobility Award recognizes a member organization for excellence in the delivery of mobility services. The City of Hamilton and Dillon Consulting accepted the 2021 TAC Sustainable Mobility Award for their collaborative work on the Keddy Access Trail.

View the Keddy Trail submission (PDF, 10.6 MB)

The Keddy Access Trail, named in honour of Jay Keddy was completed in 2020 and was facilitated by re-purposing a vehicular travel lane on one of the city’s busiest mountain access corridors in order to provide a high-quality active transportation connection between the lower city and mountain.

With a total distance of 2.7 km, the Keddy Access Trail spans between Hunter Street and West 5th Street, with side connections at four locations (including an entry point at Hunter Street and the bottom of the Claremont Access). These connections are three-metre wide asphalt trails, located at:

  • West Avenue (near Wellington Street)
  • St Joseph’s Drive
  • North and south sides of Arkledun Avenue / Jolley Cut
  • Tanner Street through Southam Park

The trail is fully wheelchair and stroller accessible.

Safety reminders

  • Cyclists and pedestrians are reminded to share the trail by keeping right and passing on the left.
  • As a cyclist, do not exceed 15 km/hr riding down the trail. Excess speeds can be dangerous for both you and other trail users.
  • Cyclists should use a bell, a front light, and a rear reflector on their bikes and consider wearing bright or reflective clothing.
  • Cyclists should wear a helmet and cyclists under 18 years of age are required to wear a helmet.
  • When passing others, slow down and use your bell to alert pedestrians that you are approaching.
  • Trails will be maintained and salted throughout the winter months but it’s still important to travel according to weather conditions.
  • As a pedestrian, keep pets close and on a leash.
  • Pedestrians should avoid distractions while walking like texting or talking on the phone.

Keddy Access Trails Rules

Keddy Access Trail Maintenance

Scheduled maintenance occurs on the Keddy Access Trail every third Thursday of each month between March 2 and October 31. Maintenance occurs between 9 am and 1 pm to reduce disruptions for commuters and includes sweeping, litter clean up, repairs and more. During this dedicated time each month, the trail is closed and cyclists and pedestrians are advised to take an alternate route. 

Scheduled dates for 2022 spring/summer maintenance are as follows:

  • March 17, 2022
  • April 21, 2022
  • May 19, 2022
  • June 16, 2022
  • July 21, 2022
  • August 18, 2022
  • September 15, 2022
  • October 20, 2022

Winter Maintenance

Snow on bicycle lanes are generally cleared while the roadways are being cleared. The standard for addressing snow accumulation on bicycle lanes is as follows:

  • 2.5 cm depth - 8 hour response
  • 5 cm depth - 12 hour response
  • 8 cm depth - 24 hour response
  • 5 - 10 cm depth - 24 hour response.

Scheduled closure reminders and closures for winter maintenance on the Keddy Access Trail are shared on the City’s Twitter account @CityofHamilton.