Bike Lanes

The City of Brantford offers several trails and bike lanes for your recreational and transportation needs. Explore our trails map to see the Trans Canada trail and points of interest around the city.

Benefits of cycling in the city

Cycling around the city has the following advantages:

  • You can socialize with other members of the community.
  • You can improve your overall fitness.
  • You can enjoy the scenic beauty of the city.
  • It is an eco-friendly way to travel.
  • It is a low-cost activity.

Bikeway design plan

View our bikeways and trails map  to learn about our bike routes expansion including an overview of our multi-use trail/bikeway implementation and design plan and the proposed bikeways and trails network .

Cycling facilities

There are many different types of cycling facilities around the City. Learn about the different types of cycling facilities in Brantford below.

Bike Lane

What is a bike lane? A dedicated portion of the roadway with pavement markings and signage exclusively for people riding bikes. Bike lanes make it easier for bicycles and vehicles to share the road. They also cut down on conflicts between cyclists and drivers, making streets safer for everyone. Bike lanes are found on:

  • Hardy Road
  • Grey Street
  • Conklin Road

Motor vehicles are not permitted to drive or park in a bike lane.

How do I use a bike lane? Always travel in the same direction as traffic. If a bike lane ends, check over your left shoulder to be sure you can enter the lane safely, and continue cycling on the road in the straightest line possible. Remember, a bike is a vehicle and you must follow the same rules of the road as traffic.

Contra-flow Bike Lane

What is a c ontra-flow bike lane ? A Bike lane designed to allow bicyclists to ride in the opposite direction of traffic on a one-way street. A contra-flow lane is a great way to remove a barrier in the cycling network by allowing cyclists to ride two-ways on a one-way road. This can make cycling more attractive and can often make the cycling route quicker than the driving route. Contra-flow bike lanes are found on:

  • Ballantyne Drive

How do I use a contra-flow bike lane? You use it like a normal bike lane, except in the opposite direction of traffic. In the case of Ballantyne Drive, if you are cycling West, you are not cycling in the lane, but rather sharing the roadway with vehicular traffic. If you are cycling East then you are using the lane.

Multi-use Pathway (MUP)

What is a MUP? A paved, separated pathway for cyclists and pedestrians that runs parallel to the road. Multi-use pathways are often the chosen facility for busier streets with higher speeds. MUP's allow for a broad range of people-powered mobility uses such as: running, walking, cycling, cycling with children, rollerblading, skateboarding, wheelchairs etc. MUP's are found on:

  • Wayne Gretzky Parkway
  • Shellard Lane

Note: E-bikes are not allowed on any multi-use path or trail in the City of Brantford.

How do I use a MUP? Users are to keep to the right and be respectful of others—remember this is a shared space. Users are to travel at a speed appropriate for the activity level on the path; if the path is busy, please slow down. If riding a bike, remember to ring your bell to alert others that you are passing.

Sharrows

What are Sharrows? Pavement markings that show cyclists where to ride and remind drivers that bicyclist's should be expected in the same lane. Sharrows are found on:

  • Blackburn Dr.
  • Erie Ave
  • Oakhill Dr.

How do I use a Sharrow? Ride like you normally would on the road, and use them as a guide on where you should be positioned.

Signed Bike Route

What is a Signed Bike Route? These are bicycle-friendly streets that have been designated for cyclists with green signs. The routes provide connections between neighbourhoods across the city and direct cyclists to low speed and low volume routes that could be comfortable for most cycling abilities. Signed bike routes may also be accompanied by a yellow “Share the Road” sign to increase awareness amoung drivers of cyclists' right to the road. Bike routes are found on:

  • Parkside Dr.
  • St. George St.
  • Cayuga St.
  • Grand River Ave
  • Wellington St.
  • Morrell St.

How do I use a signed bike route? Ride on the road and follow the signs! Bike routes are great places to start if you want to become more comfortable with riding on the road.