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Bikes & e-Bikes

The use of bicycles for active transportation 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. 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.
  • Bikes are required by law to be equipped with a working bell or horn and, if ridden at night, working front and rear lights plus wheel reflectors. Night is considered to be the time from one-half hour before sunset until one-half hour after sunrise.

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. See For More Information links below for links to cycling regulations and safety requirements.

In addition to urban cycling, there are also many off-road recreational cycling opportunities throughout Kingston and the surrounding area, including a waterfront trail, the K&P Trail, and trails through parks and conservation areas.

For More Information

Cycling in Kingston
The City of Kingston encourages bicycling as a healthy and inexpensive form of transportation. Includes information about bike racks, bicycle trails and pathways, protective helmets, hand signals and the rules of the road, as well as a video on Kingston as a bike-friendly community.

Rack and Roll
Information and instructions on how to use Kingston Transit’s Rack and Roll. All City buses have a bike rack on the front of the bus for use by cyclists. Cyclists riding Kingston Transit can place their bike on the bus rack for the duration of their trip. This gives bus passengers the flexibility to both cycle and ride the bus, as needed, to reach their destination.

FAQ: Electric Bicycles ("e-bikes")
Answers to questions about e-bikes, including licensing requirements, protective helmets, speed limitations, cost and fines.

Cycle Kingston
Information about cycling-related meetings and events in the Kingston area, plus tips for cyclists on lights, laws and other issues.

Yellow Bike Action
Yellow Bike Action rescues, repairs and leases bicycles in the Kingston area.

Kingston Area Ferry Information
Detailed information about year-round schedules for six ferry boat services in southeastern Ontario, including the Kingston area. Has photos and large map indicating ferry routes. The listings include both those ferries that charge a fare and those that do not. Ferries listed are: Glenora/Adolphustown, WolfeIsland/Kingston, Amherst Island, Howe Island-County, Frontenac Islands, and Horne’s (Canada/U.S. ferry).

Active Transportation
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. Includes a list of resources and useful links.

Kingston’s Waterfront Pathway
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 ones have accessible parking and pathway access, are listed. There is also a downloadable brochure with a map available.

Ontario Trails Map
Ontario Trails Council online mapping tool listing various recreational trails across Ontario. Find a trail based on location and activity.

Maps and information about recreational trails in the Kingston area that are good for hiking, biking, snowshoeing, skiing and other recreational activities. Includes links to conservation areas, provincial parks, urban trails, trans-Canada trail, waterfront trails and on- and off-road trails. Also has a downloadable Kingston Cycle Map of in-city cycling routes.

Cycling Week
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.

8-80 Cities
A Canadian organization that promotes walking and bicycling as activities and urban parks, trails and other public spaces as great places for all. 8-80 Cities is also on Facebook and Twitter.

Cycling Skills — Ontario’s Guide to Safe Cycling
An Ontario Government publication, this guide provides information on cycling safety, the rules of the road, and proper handing and riding techniques. It includes separate sections on cycling and the law and e-bikes.

Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour
A community organization focused on the enhancement, stewardship and preservation of Kingston’s Inner Harbour waterfront. Includes information about the association, it’s initiatives — such as creation of the Inner Harbour Heritage Trail, heritage preservation and historical tours — community events, how to become involved, a photo gallery, links, and contact information.

Climate Action Tool Kit
A City of Kingston resource highlighting actions that people can take to help Kingston reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and increase our climate resilience. Includes suggestions on how to save energy and be more sustainable both at home and the workplace through food, transportation, and energy choices. General information is also included, as are useful tools to help measure energy use and GHG emissions from a variety of everyday sources. This toolkit was developed as part of the community-built Kingston Climate Action Plan.

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