Trails & Bikeways
Bike, Walk or Roll!
Burlington has an extensive multi-use pathway and bikeway system that consists of on-and off-road leisure opportunities for cyclists, in-line skaters, walkers and other non-motorized recreational pursuits.
Cycling on Sidewalks
Cycling is permitted on sidewalks on most streets in Burlington. It is the responsibility of the cyclist to give way to all other sidewalk users. You must sound your approach and ride safely at all times. Bikes are not allowed on the sidewalks on Brant Street from Caroline to the lake due to the increased pedestrian traffic downtown. For more information on cycling in burlington, bike paths/lanes, bicycle racks and shelters, awareness and education and community events, please visit the cycling webpage for more information.
Types of Cycling and Pathways in Burlington
On-road bike lanes: with designated portion of the existing roadway for cyclists and lanes are delineated by a painted white strip and bike symbols
On-road bike route: preferred route connecting other cycling routes identified with signs but without designated bike lanes in place
Multi-use path – adjacent to the road: two-way pathway separated from roadway by curb and open space shared by more than one type of user (cyclists, pedestrians and in-line skaters)
Off-road multi-use path: two-way pathway shared by more than one type of user usually located within park or hydro corridor
There are a number of Local cycling group and maps available for cyclists in the area:
- Cycling Map, updated Jan 29. 2014
- A Transit, Trails and Tourism (green map) contains transit routes and connections to trail for biking/walking, as well as a street index.
- Halton Cycling
- Bikes and Transit – local biking routes online – with GPS and Google maps
Bicycle Etiquette & Safety Tips for Cyclists and how to How to Ride in Traffic:
- Obey traffic signs and signals
- Cyclists yield to pedestrians
- Use hand signals
- Give audible warnings when passing
- Use lights at night
- Follow lane markings
- Choose the best way to turn left
- Be polite, keep to the right
- Use pack or rack for belongings
- Ride with caution
- Travel at speed safe for conditions
- Keep to the trail
- Do not litter
- Respect nature and private property
Walking and Hiking in Burlington
City of Burlington has many trails to offer within it's vicinity. The City of Burlington is currently developing a Community Trails Strategy that will carry out the City’s vision for a linked open space system. Join the conversation and get involved.
For more listing on parks and trails, please visit our Parks, Trails and Sports Field page.
Local Walking/Hiking Areas
Enjoy active outdoors at Conservation Halton such as, boating, camping, cycling, fishing, hiking, picnicking, skiing, snowshoeing, swimming, and wildlife viewing. Visit the 7 parks and enjoy what each park has to offer at Crawford Lake, Hilton Falls, Kelso, Mount Nemo, Mountsberg, Rattlesnake Point, and Robert Edmondson (formerly Burns).
Bronte Creek offers a unique camping experience and five great hiking trails that showcase the natural beauty of the park. Just minutes from the QEW (Queen Elizabeth Way) and open all year round.