Cycling in the City of Cambridge is a great mode of active transportation.  Active living has many health, environmental and economic benefits. We support and encourage projects that create a bicycle-friendly community. In fact, the City of Cambridge has been awarded Bicycle Friendly status at the Bronze level!bike your city cambridge on, logo

The Community Development department implements and maintains all cycling facilities on City streets, including signs and markings. There are currently 230 km of bike lanes, paved shoulders, wide-shared use lanes and signed routes for on-road cycling. There is also 50 km of natural off-road trails, some along the Speed and Grand Rivers.

Download a map of the Cambridge Bikeway Network or view our interactive online map.

Bike Share 

In 2019 the City of Cambridge participated in a one-season pilot with the bikeshare provider Dropbike. Dropbike operated their system in Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge. The service ran from May 2019 - December 2019. Over 4,600 rides were taken by Dropbike users since the launch.

 

The Region of Waterloo and cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge received funding to hire consultants to conduct a joint study on the available options and minimum operational requiremenns for a sustainable bike share program that will support transit and adequetly service residents of Waterloo Region. The final recommendations for 2020 and beyond will be presented to Regional and Municipal Councils in earlly 2020.

Event Valet Bike Parking

The City of Cambridge runs FREE Valet Bike Parking at certain events throughout the year. 2019 Valet Bike Parking events included the Hespeler Music Festival (July 6, 2019) in Forbes Park and Cambridge Ribfest (August 10-11, 2019) in Riverside Park.

 

Stay tuned for 2020 event dates!

Bike Parking Around Town
The City offers bike parking in each downtown core area (Galt, Hespeler and Preston). View our Downtown Bike Parking Maps for bike rack locations.

If you are looking to add bike parking to your property see the City's Bicycle Parking Guide.

Bikes & Transit

All GRT buses are equipped with bike racks that hold two bicycles of most sizes and styles (non-motorized, two-wheeled bikes only). If the bike rack is full, take your bike on the bus and find an appropriate area to place your bike. If the bus is full, you will not be able to board the bus with your bike and will have to wait for the next bus.

Check out the Region of Waterloo's video on how to use bus bike racks. 

The Region of Waterloo has more than 500 kilometres of on-road bikeways and off-road multi-use trails. Every GRT bus has a bike rack, and you can bring your bicycle on board ION trains, so you can combine your cycling journey throughout the Region with public transit. 

Safety

Lights: From 30 minutes before sunset to 30 minutes after sunrise, you must have a front white light and a red rear light or reflector. You also need to be bright when it's dark due to rain, fog, or snow.

Helmets: All cyclists should wear a helmet. People under the age of 18 are required by law to wear a helmet.

Sidewalks: Sidewalk cycling is not permitted in Cambridge. This can be dangerous especially when crossing intersections and driveways. A bicycle is defined as a vehicle under traffic laws.

Bells: When using multi-use trails, ring your bell to alert pedestrians so they know you are approaching.

Bike Lanes: Ride in the correct direction in a bike lane.

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Bicycle Friendly Community

Did you know? The City of Cambridge has been awarded Bicycle Friendly status at the Bronze level!

The Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC) Program, an initiative of the Washington-based League of American Bicyclists, was launched in Ontario in 2010 by Share the Road with support from the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) South Central Ontario. The program provides incentives, hands-on assistance and award recognition for communities that actively support bicycling. Municipalities are judged in five categories often referred to as the Five "E's" of being bicycle friendly: Engineering, Education, Enforcement, Encouragement and Evaluation & Planning. A community must demonstrate achievements in each of the five categories in order to be considered for an award.

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Neighbourhood Bike Routes

Want to explore a local cycling route? The Cambridge Cycling Focus Group maps out local cycling routes designed for all ages and skill levels. Routes are generally between 5 km and 15 km in length, and include dedicated bikes lanes, low volume roads and multi-use trails. View the following maps of neighbourhood cycling routes:

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