The benefits of active transportation are numerous and important to each of us, our community and the environment. Encouraging active transportation promotes personal health and recreation, helps manage congestion and reduces emissions. Cycling, along with walking, rollerblading and skateboarding, are great ways to take part in active transportation.
Bicycles Are Vehicles
Under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act,
bicycles are considered vehicles.
- Obey all traffic laws (stop signs and traffic lights).
- Use hand signals for turning and stopping.
What equipment do I require to ride my bicycle?
- Reflective tape - white reflective tape on the front forks and red reflective tape on the rear forks.
- A bell or horn in good working order.
- Brakes - at least one working brake system on the rear wheel.
- Lights - a white front light and a red rear light or reflector if you ride between ½ hour before sunset and ½ hour after sunrise.
- Use a lock to secure your bike.
- Use saddlebags/panniers to carry emergency repair equipment.
- Install a rear rack to carry bags and belongings.
- Install fenders to prevent back spray and stop rocks from being thrown.
- Use a pant clip to keep clothing away from the chain and moving parts.
In Ontario, every cyclist under the age of 18 must wear an approved bicycle helmet. If you are 18 or older you can make a choice to wear a helmet or not. When worn properly, bike helmets can reduce injuries.
View our safe cycling videos by clicking the links below. For more on safe cycling please visit
The Ministry of Transportation's website.
Chatham-Kent Cycling Network
Interactive Mapping System to find local trails, bike paths and routes throughout Chatham-Kent.
Pick up a copy of the
Chatham-Kent Trail Map , the Chatham-Kent Cyclist Handbook and the Chatham-Kent Cycling Map 2020 at these locations:
Waterfront Trail Network stretches 1400 km along the Canadian shores of Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair and the Niagara, Detroit and St. Lawrence Rivers. The trail consists of both on-road and off-road facilities, which offer primarily paved roads with sections of unpaved paths and gravel roads. The trail can be enjoyed for a quick ride or as part of a multi-day long-distance adventure.
The Great Trail
The Great Trail network traverses for 214 km through the Municipality of Chatham-Kent where the Municipality maintains over 70 km of recreational trails and pathways on a variety of surfaces to appeal to walkers, runners and cyclists. The Great Trail is one of two regional multi-use trails to pass through the borders of Chatham-Kent and is a renowned tourist attraction that can be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.