Bikes & e-Bikes
The use of bicycles is strongly encouraged in Kingston. The city has a large network of cycling lanes on many routes that allow cyclists to travel side by side with motorized vehicles. Many more cycling lanes are planned in the coming years.
A number of bicycle lock-ups are available throughout the city. To encourage year-round cycling, the city provides special racks for parking bicycles throughout the downtown. Half of the racks are removed during the winter to make it easier for snow removal and the other half are in use year round. Many schools and businesses also provide bicycle racks.
All city buses are equipped with steel racks on the front end that are specially designed to carry bicycles. This "Rack and Roll" feature is available year round, including throughout the winter.
Electric bicycles or e-bikes are growing in popularity in Kingston. E-bikes (also called power-assisted bicycles) must not weigh more than 120 kilograms (265 pounds) or reach a speed higher than 32 kilometres per hour (20 miles per hour).
Tips for cycling in Canada:
- Cyclists ride on the right-hand side of the road, not on sidewalks, and must stop for red lights and stop signs.
- Cyclists under 18 years of age must wear a helmet or face a possible fine. Cyclists over 18 are encouraged to wear helmets for their health and safety.
- Operators of e-bikes must be at least 16 years old and must wear a helmet at all times.
- For safety reasons, cyclists should avoid riding on icy or snow-covered roads, though many people cycle throughout the winter. Roads covered with leaves can also be slippery and dangerous.
For More Information
The city encourages bicycling as a healthy and inexpensive form of transportation. Includes links to information about bike racks, bicycle trails, protective helmets, hand signals and the rules of the road.
All city buses are equipped with a Rack and Roll system that allows cyclists to load their bicycles onto a special steel rack at the front of the bus.
Answers to 29 questions about e-bikes, including licensing requirements, protective helmets, speed limitations, cost and fines.
Information about cycling-related meetings and events in the Kingston area, plus tips for cyclists on lights, laws and other issues.
Yellow Bike Action rescues, repairs and leases bicycles in the Kingston area.
The public health department and the City of Kingston encourage walking, biking, taking public transit, or any other physical means as an alternative to using a car.
An eight-kilometre (five-mile) path follows Kingston’s waterfront that takes about two hours to walk from end to end. Trail access points, including which have accessible parking and pathway access, are listed. There is also a downloadable brochure with a map available.
An annual event to encourage and promote cycling as a viable and environmentally friendly transportation option for commuting within Kingston. Featuring the famous “roll-in breakfasts,” events highlighting the joys and health benefits of cycling occur throughout the week and wrap up with closing ceremonies.
A Canadian organization that promotes walking and bicycling as activities and urban parks, trails and other public spaces as great places for all.