Bicycling in Kingston

We’re talking about bicycling in Kingston here.

Do you need a special map or a route guide to bicycle around Kingston? No, of course not. Look at the thousands of young persons cycling around Kingston on a daily basis; to school, work, or just for fun.

It’s a bit difficult to bicycle in Kingston in the winter, though some accomplish it. In the early spring, all through the summer months, and well into late fall and early winter, Kingston is a great town to cycle in.

Bicycle wheels in the snow
Bicycle wheels in the snow – it’s a bit hard to be motivated about bicycling when the weather is like this.

All we can do here is provide some ideas of nice places to bicycle, and resources if you are visiting and looking for some help in that regard.

First off, know that every year there is a celebration of bicycling in Kingston, known as Cycling Week. It normally unfolds in the late spring. “Cycling Week is back with another full week of fun and activities (not to mention the wondrous Roll-In Breakfasts) to celebrate getting around the Limestone City on bicycles.”

For more information about Cycle Week and the sponsor, visit : , a registered Canadian charity whose mandate is to promote and encourage cycling in Kingston through education and public outreach.

Be Aware Of Bicycle Laws In Ontario

This is from the website.

Do I have to wear a bicycle helmet while riding on the road?

Yes, if you are under the age of 18 you are required by law to wear an approved bicycle helmet when travelling on any public road. Cyclists over 18 are encouraged to wear helmets for their own safety, but are not required to by law. (Adults, being congenitally stupid, may opt out of wearing protective gear that, in the event of a tumble off their bicycle, may result in permanent brain damage or death. ed.)

Bicycling at Queen's University - bicycling in Kingston Ontario

And This From

Canadian Bicycle Laws

In Canada cyclists must follow the same laws as drivers of motor vehicles. Each province and territory is responsible for enacting the laws for their region. Some of the more specific laws that usually apply to cyclists are:

  • cyclists must ride in single file on the paved shoulder or as far to the right of the paved part of the roadway as possible.

Of course, if you feel strongly enough about free navigating your 30 lb. bicycle and 190 lb. body out into traffic to play tag with vehicles that outweigh you by a factor of somewhere between 10 and infinity, feel free.

Do you heal quickly….?

From the City of Kingston website

Kingston won Bike-Friendly Community Bronze recognition from the Share the Road Cycling Coalition in 2012 for investing in its cycling infrastructure. The City, along with the Kingston Coalition for Active Transportation and Cycle Kingston, promotes cycling as an active environmentally-friendly and economical form of transportation (did you know is costs about $8000 a year to own a car). It’s also a great way to enjoy the beauty of Kingston.See the Cycling and Pathways Study for plans to make Kingston even more bike-friendly by developing our bikeway and trails. The City is also exploring a Bike Sharing System.

Review the rules of the road below and explore the cycling skills and other links and documents on this page to learn how to make the best and safest use of your bicycle on roads, trails – and Kingston Transit’s popular Rack & Roll program, which lets you cycle part way and ride the rest.

Remember: always wear a helmet and use a light at night.

Check out the City of Kingston’s bicycling information here.


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