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Walking & Cycling Resources

This page contains information and/or links related to walking and cycling in Barrie.

School Travel

Using active transportation modes (walking, cycling) to travel to and from school is an excellent opportunity for school-aged children and their caregivers to develop health habits and combat an increasingly sedentary lifestyle. 

The Simcoe Muskoka On the Move and School Travel Planning are active school travel initiatives led by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit in partnership with the City and local school boards. The objective is to support children to reach the goal of at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily by using active forms of transportation in a safe and sustainable way.

Walking / Pedestrians

Walking is an important transportation mode for short trips and a great way to get physical activity. As pedestrians are the most vulnerable road user; safety is of the utmost importance.  Refer to the following safety resources to familiarize yourself with safety tips and best practices.

Cycling

Cycling is an excellent transportation mode for short to medium length trips.  Cycling provides many benefits to both the user and broader society including improved health (both physical and mental) through exercise, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduced personal costs and reduced municipal costs.

Information Resources: Cycling in Barrie  
Skills & Safety

It is very important that both new and experienced cyclists understand cycling rules and how to cycle safety.  The following links include helpful resources focused on cycling safety and skills.    

Ministry of Transportation – Bicycle Safety (website)

Ministry of Transportation – Cycling Skills – Ontario’s Guide to Safe Cycling

Ministry of Transportation – Yonge Cyclist’s Guide 

Cycling Network 

The City presently has 47km of cycling infrastructure consisting of multi-use paths, bicycle lanes and signed routes. The City continues to implement cycling infrastructure on an annual basis following recommendations contained within the Transportation Master Plan.

The City's Active Transportation Map displays Barrie's cycling network. For detailed information on different types of cycling infrastructure please refer to OTM Book 18: Cycling Facilities.

Route Planning

There are many websites and mobile device applications that can help users plan routes and rides. Google Maps is an excellent online resource that will help provide routing on bike-friendly roads, bicycle lanes and trails (where available).  If you select “Bicycling” in the Google Maps menu, this will change the map to illustrate bike-friendly roads, bicycle lanes and trails.

Rides / Fitness Goals

If you are looking to achieve specific fitness goals and/or explore routes frequented by others, there are many online and mobile device applications.  

Tourism

Whether a day trip or a multi-day adventure, Barrie is uniquely situated to be your hub for cycling tourism.  Beyond the City’s beautiful waterfront, the City is situated on the 160km Simcoe County Loop trail and nearby some of the best cycling opportunities in Ontario. Check out Tourism Barrie’s website for information on local accommodations, restaurants and events. 

If your adventure takes you out of the City, Cycle Simcoe is a great resource with information on routes, where to ride (mountain & fat), accommodations, food and bicycle sales/service/rental listings. 

Barrie Transit Bike & Ride

Bike racks are available on all Barrie Transit buses. They are free, easy to use and have instruction labels to help, but before you use the bike rack please familiarize yourself by visiting Bike & Ride.

Bicycle Lockers

The City has bicycle locking posts and racks on Dunlop Street in the downtown and at Meridian Square. The City also has bicycling racks at City Hall (rear), all recreation centres, libraries, transit station and both GO Stations.

Theft Prevention

The City of Toronto has great information and tips regarding bike theft prevention

Cycling Services: Sales, Repairs, Rentals

There are numerous local bicycle shops within Barrie that specialize in sales and service. 

Information about E-Bikes and E-Skooters

E-bikes

E-bikes are motorized bicycles that can look like conventional bicycles, scooters or limited-speed motorcycles. E-bikes are a micromobility option that has become more popular in recent years; however, not without concerns associated with the large moped and motorcycle styled e-bikes with significant mass mixing with pedestrians and other vulnerable road users. In response to these concerns, the Ministry of Transportation (MTO)  is developing regulatory and policy framework surrounding e-bikes to differentiate between bicycle style e-bikes (which would continue to be treated as bicycles) and moped and motorcycle styled e-bikes (which would require registration, insurance and a driver’s licence to operate). 

It is anticipated that e-bikes will become an increasingly popular transportation option for those looking to travel longer distances, assist users by reducing physical exertion and those that need to travel on routes with more challenging elevation changes. The City is supportive of MTO’s initiative to examine opportunities to re-define e-bikes and place restrictions on larger moped and motorcycle styled e-bikes, which present a hazard to pedestrians and vulnerable road users.

E-Scooters

E-scooters refer to the kick-style electric scooters that are operated by scooter rental service providers as well as available for personal ownership.  While e-scooters are not human-powered, and therefore not an active transportation mode, they are a micromobility option that has become popular in large cities. E-scooters present a potential solution to first mile/last mile transportation problem associated with public transit as well as an alternative to bicycles.

E-Scooters are not allowed to operate on City property or within the public right-of-way (i.e. City streets, sidewalks or trails). The MTO is undertaking a 5-year pilot program allowing municipalities to establish by-laws to allow e-scooters on a trial basis to assess viability of potential broader future legislation. The City is not participating in this pilot program; however, staff are closely monitoring trends within the micromobility space.

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