Active transportation is any form of human-powered transportation, including walking, cycling, roller-blading, skateboarding and moving with mobility devices.
An active transportation network includes sidewalks, multi-use paths, on-road bike lanes and off-road trails.
Bike lanes are typically located on urban cross-section roads (with curb and gutter) to create a physical space in the traveled portion of the roadway that is designed for one-way bicycle travel. Bike lanes are demarcated with pavement markings and signage.
For more info see Bike Lanes and Bike Safety.
Sidewalks are located within the public road right-of-way throughout the urban areas of the Town of Halton Hills. Sidewalks are an important component of the municipal transportation network that provide a safe, healthy and sustainable alternative to using the automobile.
Municipal off-road trails provide linkages throughout our community and promote opportunity to explore nature in your backyard. In addition to walking many of our trails can accommodate strollers or bicycles. The Bruce Trail is found within the Niagara Escarpment lands and offers over 30km of hiking trails within the Town of Halton Hills.
For more information see Town of Halton Hills trail map.
In rural areas where there is limited active transportation infrastructure, please consider the safety of all users and share the road.
A multi-use trail is a facility that is completely separate from the travelled portion of a roadway, and may take the form of an in-boulevard trail in a public road right-of-way or an off-road multi-use trail within a greenway, abandoned rail corridor, or utility/hydro corridor. These types of trails are typically designed to support the widest range of users including pedestrians, cyclists, in-line skaters and skateboarders where trail surfaces permit such activities. Multi-use trails located in parks primarily serve recreational pedestrians and cyclists but can also be used for commuting.
For more information on Multi-Use Paths in Halton Hills see the Town of Halton Hills trail map.
What is a Bike Lane?
- A dedicated space on the road for cyclists.
- In addition to Regulatory signs, Bike Lane symbols are painted on the road along with a solid white line.
- Reduces traffic and speeding;
- Promotes alternative mode of transportation;
- Provides identified space for cyclists; and
- Promotes healthy living (active transportation).
Who can use a Bike Lane?
- All cyclists can use Bike Lanes.
- EMS and Fire Trucks may cross or occupy a Bike Lane when responding to an emergency situation.
- Private vehicles under contract to ActiVan Accessible Transit may pick up or drop off members in Bike Lanes.
- Pedestrians are not to walk in Bike Lanes. They are to walk on sidewalks, multi-use paths or trails only.
- Any motorized vehicle, including taxis, delivery trucks and motorists are not allowed to park, stop, or drive in Bike Lanes.
- Town staff will monitor the operation of Bike Lanes and consult with the community.
- The Town of Halton Hills has developed a comprehensive Cycling Master Plan (2010) to guide the implementation of Town-wide cycling infrastructure.
- This cycling network will be implemented over the next 10 years and beyond.
- See the Cycling Master Plan page for more information.
Questions regarding the purpose, efficiency, and use of Bike Lanes should be directed to the Traffic Coordinator: 905-873-2601 Ext. 2215
Questions regarding maintenance and repair of Bike Lanes should be directed to Public works: 905-873-2601 Ext. 2603
Questions regarding Bike lane Laws and Parking should be directed to Corporate Services: 905-873-2601 Ext. 2903
- A bicycle is a vehicle under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act.
- Cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities to obey all traffic laws as other road users.
- Cyclists can and will be charged for disobeying traffic laws.
- See Cycling Related Fines for a list of laws and fines provided by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.
Please note the following Provincial Laws:
- Any cyclist under the age of 18 MUST wear a helmet.
- A bicycle must have a bell or horn in good working order.
- A bicycle must have at least one brake system on the rear wheel.
- A bicycle must have a white or amber light on the front and a red light or a reflector on the rear from one half hour before sunset to one half hour after sunrise or during inclement weather conditions.
Tips for Cyclists:
- Obey all traffic rules, signs and signals. (Including Stop signs)
- Use the bike lane the same way a driver uses a lane of traffic.
- Use caution, be aware and respectful of other road users at all times.
- Use hand signals when turning, changing lanes and stopping.
- Stay on the right of the lane; pass on the left side of the lane.
- Safely scan the road behind you.
- See Guide to Safe Cycling provided by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation for more information..
- Ride single file and, where possible, move to the right to allow motorists to pass.
Tips for Drivers:
- Treat cyclists like any other vehicle.
- When passing a cyclist, drivers are required to maintain a distance of at least 1m, as nearly as practical, between the vehicle and bicycle.
- Use caution, signal, and check for cyclists when crossing a bike lane or turning.
- Scan the road prior to opening doors
For more information please see:
Creating walkable, bikeable and transit-supportive communities in Halton
Questions regarding the purpose, efficiency, and use of Bike Lanes should be directed to the Traffic Coordinator: 905-873-2601 Ext. 2215.
Questions regarding maintenance and repair of Bike Lanes should be directed to Public works: 905-873-2601 Ext. 2603.