Cornwall is a Bicycle Friendly Community!

Green and bronze bicycle friendly community badgeThe City of Cornwall received a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community Award in 2018. This recognition, from the Share the Road Cycling Coalition, comes after our community was judged in the five E categories:

  • Engineering: physical infrastructure and hardware to support cycling
  • Education: Programs that ensure the safety, comfort, and convenience of cyclists and fellow road users
  • Encouragement: Incentives, promotions, and opportunities that inspire people and enable them to ride
  • Enforcement: Equitable laws and programs that ensure that cyclists and motorists are held accountable
  • Evaluation & Planning: Processes that demonstrate a commitment to measuring results and planning for the future

For an interactive map of bike paths in Cornwall, please click here.

For a PDF map of bike paths in Cornwall, please click here.

Cycling in Cornwall

Bicycles are defined as vehicles under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act. As such, cyclists must follow the same traffic laws as motorists.

According to a City bylaw, bicycles with wheels that measure 60 centimetres or less can ride on sidewalks as long as the rider is under the age of 12. The intent of this measure is to allow children to cycle on the sidewalk while they learn to ride. This is a municipal bylaw and rules vary in communities across Ontario.

The Cornwall bylaw states that riding a bicycle with a tire size over 60centimetres (24 inches) on sidewalks is prohibited. Cyclists over the age of 12 are also prohibited from riding on the sidewalk.

Cyclists are more vulnerable than motorists, and they need to equip themselves to be safe and visible in traffic and on the recreational path.

 Safety tips for cyclists
  • Cyclists should wear helmets for their own safety. Helmets are mandatory for those under the age of 18.
  • Bicycles must have both front and rear facing lights and should also have reflectors on the wheels.
  • Cyclists should wear light-coloured clothing and reflective stickers should be affixed to bike helmets to improve visibility.
  • Make sure your bike has a working bell.
 Travel rules for cyclists 
  • Cyclists belong on the road, the recreational path or designated bike lanes, not the sidewalk. Only children under 12 with small bicycles are allowed on the sidewalk.
  • Cyclists should always ride on the right with traffic.
  • Cyclists should ride 1 metre (3.2 feet) from the curb and exercise caution when passing parked vehicles or road hazards.
  • On one-way streets, cyclists should follow the traffic flow.
 Recreational Path 

Cornwall's recreational path is one of the City's most popular recreation assets. It's also one of the busiest, with cyclists, pedestrians, joggers, in-line skaters and many others making use of the path on a regular basis.

We all have a part to play in keeping the path safe and enjoyable for everyone, and we must recognize and respect the rights of others to use the path.

For more information about the Recreational Path, please click here.

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Enrique Kamm
Transportation Engineer
1225 Ontario Street, Box 877, Cornwall ON, K6H 5T9
T.: 613-930-2787 ext. 2231
F.: 613-932-8891
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