Walking and Cycling

Bikes at a festival

We are proud of our extensive walking and cycling routes and are excited to share them with you. Peterborough is rated as a silver walk friendly and bike friendly community and 1 in 10 people walk or bike to work. To make walking and cycling more comfortable and enjoyable, we are building more sidewalks, trails and cycling lanes.

Cycling and trail maps

The Cycling and Trail map shows trails and cycling routes in Peterborough and the surrounding area. The Peterborough Cycling Short Routes map details eight lovely routes of 15 to 40 kilometres in length. You can pick up both maps at City Hall, local cycling shops, and from Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism, which has more information about local cycling routes and services.

Maintenance and suggestions

Call Public Works at 705-745-1386 if you have a concern about maintenance along a sidewalk, bike lane or paved trail. We plow sidewalks, bike lanes and paved trails in the winter.

Please let us know if you have a suggestion about how we can improve walking, cycling or trails.

Rules and etiquette

To make walking, cycling, skateboarding and E-biking safe and fun for everyone, we have a by-law that says where you can skateboard, bicycle and E-bike in the City of Peterborough. This table shows where you can travel using different types of transportation.

Types of transportation and where they’re allowed
Type of TransportationWhere you can travel

Scooter-style E-bikes

You are not allowed to use a scooter-style e-bike on multi-use trails. You can use them in bike lanes.

Bicycle-style E-bikes

You can bicycle in bike lanes and on multi-use trails if pedalling only.

Skateboard

You can skateboard on both multi-use trails and bike lanes.

Bicycle

You are not allowed to ride a bicycle on sidewalks downtown. Children under 14 years of age can ride on the sidewalk outside of the downtown.

Paths beside roads

There are many paths beside roads where riding a bicycle is allowed. A path is wider than 2 metres and sidewalks are 2 metres wide or less.

Programs and workshops

Peterborough Moves has workshops and events related to walking and cycling. Programs include:

Cycling

Peterborough has 70 km of bike lanes and trails to explore. You can find your way using the directional signs along cycling routes all over the city. The 2012 Cycling Network guides the development of future trails and bike lanes to make the city more bike friendly.

Bike parking

Decorative bike racks

We provide bike parking downtown and at public facilities. We have information on how to provide bike parking at your location. For more information or to request bike parking at a public location, contact Susan Sauve.

Registering Your Bike to Prevent Theft – 529 Garage

The City is working with a program called 529 Garage. Register your bike on their site and then you will become part of a social network keeping an eye out for each other's bikes. You can also get a Shield to place on your bike so that it can be easily identified as your bike and returned to you if it is recovered. You can get the Shields at B!KE and GreenUP.

Upcoming Cycling Projects

Upcoming cycling projects include:

Crawford Trail

The Crawford Trail is between Crawford Drive and Monaghan Road by Lansdowne Place. This trail will be extended to the downtown along the former CP Rail line to Townsend Street. This project will take place in phases over the next few years.

George Street and Water Street Cycling Lanes

The George Street cycling lanes are being extended south to Lake Street. Water Street cycling lanes are being extended south the Sherbrooke Street. Cycling lanes will also be provided on Sherbrooke Street between George Street and Water Street.

Lansdowne Street

A new multi-use trail is being built on the south side of Lansdowne Street between River Road and Ashburnham Drive.

Parkhill Road

Parkhill Road is being reconstructed between Ravenwood Drive and Ackison Road. The road will have a multi-use trail on the north side. 

Tips for Cyclists and Drivers

The How to Use Bike Lane booklet shows cyclists and drivers how to use bike lanes, including the green pavement markings.

A Metre Matters

The a Metre Matters video shows how much room to give cyclists when passing.

Stay Safe Stay Back

Share the Road's Stay Safe Stay Back information shows cyclists how to keep safe when near large vehicles.

Walking

Our Sidewalk Policy requires that we provide sidewalks on both sides of new and reconstructed streets. 

Sidewalk Strategic Plan

Where sidewalks are missing along existing streets, new sidewalks are provided according to need as identified in the Sidewalk Strategic Plan. Each year, we build about 2 km of new sidewalks along existing streets. We upgrade and add pedestrian crossings as well to make it easier for you to cross busy streets.

New Sidewalks in 2019

Projects planned for 2019 include a sidewalk on the west side of Wildlark Gate and one along Armour Road in front of Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School.

Reports about walking and cycling

The 2014 Active Transportation and Health Indicators Report has information about who walks and bikes, where people walk and bike, how the City and County are doing for walking and biking and the health of our community related to how we get around.