Great Places to Ride: Guelph

Published May 02, 2018 13:55

We are excited to announce our Great Places to Ride Series. These weekly features will give you a host of ideas on where to ride in your community during Bike Month and beyond. Whether you cycle to work, ride the trails on the weekend, or simply bike to get around town, we hope you’ll discover something new!

First up: from a brand new multi-use pathway to a scenic rail trail, here are four great places to ride in Guelph.

Guelph York Rd Mup 4

Photo by Nicholas Jones

York Rd. Multi-use pathway

The York Rd. Multi-use path is a unique place to ride in Guelph for several reasons. It transitions from on-road infrastructure to an off-road shared path for roughly 500 meters, before transitioning back into painted bike lanes. It’s also home to Guelph’s first ever crossride, which allows people on bikes to remain cycling through an intersection, enabling a smoother, more consistent journey. York Rd. is a designated truck route so taking cyclists off-road throughout this turn is particularly advantageous, plus it allows easy access to the York Road Park. This route runs parallel to the beautiful Royal Recreational Trail, and connects the Two Rivers neighbourhood to key destinations like Royal City Park and the University of Guelph. The Multi-use path alone sees an average of over 50 people on bikes per day!

Guelph Stevenson St 1

Photo by Nicholas Jones

Stevenson Street North  

Prior to 2014 Stevenson Street was a four lane road between Eramosa and Elizabeth. This route was identified as an excellent candidate for cycling infrastructure as it connects several schools, places of worship, and businesses to the dense residential neighbourhoods surrounding it. It’s also a relatively flat alternative bypassing the Eramosa Road hill. Following its redesign, Stevenson is now a great cycling route featuring wide on-street bike lanes, and only two lanes of vehicular traffic. The community was very supportive of the new configuration, and Stevenson Street now represents a critical north-south connection across Guelph.

 Guelph College St 1

Photo by Nicholas Jones

College St between Edinburgh and the Hanlon

Similar to Stevenson, College Ave W was the recipient of a successful road diet. This route passes through several school zones, connecting users to educational and recreational centers. It’s popular amongst University of Guelph students and is a great way to reach the shops at Stone Road Mall. College Ave can be accessed via either the Old University neighbourhood, or by following the Royal Recreational Trail west to Municipal St, then passing through Centennial Park.

Guelph Royal Rec Trail 5

Photo by Nicholas Jones

Royal Recreation Trail

An old favourite, the 24,000+ km Trans Canada Trail has a short segment called the Royal Recreational Trail which guides users from the northern edge of the City into downtown Guelph. Passing through Riverside Park and beside the scenic Goldie Mill Ruins, to the River Run Centre and John Galt Park, this quiet scenic trail lines a railroad and provides a safe and comfortable off-road north-south connection from Woodlawn Rd to downtown. Following the trail north will bring users all the way to Guelph Lake, a great summer spot for swimming, fishing, picnics and more! Popular with commuter and recreational cyclists alike, the Trans Canada Trail is must-ride if you’re interested in rivers, open spaces and the rich cultural heritage history Guelph has to offer.

Guelph Royal Rec Trail 3

Photo by Nicholas Jones

Get ready to ride on Bike to Work Day in Guelph on May 28!

Celebrate cycling with free coffee, snacks, and a chance to win prizes. Meet new friends who bike and learn how we’re building a Bicycle-Friendly Guelph!

Ride and win!

Did you know you could win a fabulous prize just by riding your bike? Register today to show your support for cycling and you'll be entered to WIN one of three prize packs: a $500 MEC gift card AND $500 voucher from VIA Rail!

There are three easy ways to enter:
  1. Ride your bike to school or work on May 28
  2. Participate in an official Bike to Work Day event,or 
  3. Join any Bike Month event on the calendar

Once you register, get bonus entries in two ways: log a cycling trip on the Smart Commute tool, or recruit a friend through email/social media using a unique link we provide to your referral page. Contest closes June 4, 2018.

Find out more

Check out the City of Guelph’s Cycling Facilities webpage for more information on the different types of infrastructure around town: https://guelph.ca/living/getting-around/bike/cycling-facilities/

Back to all news

About Bike Month

Bike Month 2018 kicks off on Monday, May 28 and continues until the end of June with hundreds of interesting and fun things to do, including rides, guided bike tours, festivals, art shows, film screenings, and so much more.

Join The Conversation


Coming May 1, take the Bike Month pledge!

Pledge to ride to school or work on Bike to Work Day, Monday May 27 and/or throughout June for a chance to win one of three trips for two courtesy of VIA Rail (to Quebec City, Montreal or Ottawa) or a weekend getaway courtesy of Welcome Cyclists. Contest closes June 18.

Close