We demonstrate our commitment to cycling by planning, building and maintaining bike facilities, trails and laneways in co-operation with the Region of Waterloo, and are proud to be recognized as a silver Bicycle Friendly Community by the Share the Road Cycling Coalition.
Our transportation master plan cites active transportation as a key ingredient in developing a more sustainable transportation system for Waterloo and we have an active transportation committee that advises council on this topic. Much of the city is accessible by bike, including a portion of Davenport Road that was made into a "complete street" that is completely accessible to all modes of transportation.
Cyclists and the local economy
In 2015, the City of Waterloo completed a study through the University of Waterloo's School of Planning to better understand in what ways cyclists contribute to the economic vitality of our uptown core. Online and in-person surveys and a GPS study were conducted. Of interest, are spending power, shopping patterns, transportation patterns and demography of uptown shoppers. The key findings indicated that cyclists spend as much as drivers per trip but make more trips on average and that cyclists, pedestrians and public transit users are a core segment of the uptown Waterloo retail and culinary economy.
Before heading out on your bike, you may want to download a map or learn more about our trails, bike safety and road, trail and sidewalk closures. Please report poor travelling conditions to us at 519-886-2310.
The Ontario Trails Council is the largest trail association of its type in Canada promoting the development, preservation, management and use of recreational trails in Ontario. Their website and mobile app contains information and maps about trails throughout the province including City of Waterloo trails.
The Region of Waterloo also offers some cycling-related programs, including Travelwise and CAN-BIKE. And there is a Blue W program promoting the location of tap-water refilling stations.
Look up cycling clubs, groups and organizations in our online directory or get your group listed there today. And watch our calendar of events for cycling-related activities in Waterloo.