June is Bike Month! (Ontario Bike Month Act, 2015)
Bike Month is an opportunity to encourage people to ride a bike for the first time, learn new skills, consider an alternate mode of transportation or simply have fun. It's about taking time to rekindle the youthful magic of exploring your neighbourhood by bike or sharing that joy with the next generation of bike riders!
Plan to visit one of our beautiful parks, explore our local landscape or make future plans to explore Ontario By Bike! Remember: safety first - wear a helmet and brightly coloured clothing; use lights; and follow the rules of the road. For cycling safety tips, check out MTO's cycling safety guide.
Biking is an excellent form of physical activity. Regular physical activity is known to have positive impacts on our health, such as helping to prevent and treat health conditions, relieve stress and tension and assist in maintaining a healthy body weight. Choosing biking (or walking, running, in-line skating, skateboarding, scootering, etc.) as an alternative mode of transportation also helps reduce traffic congestion and emissions, can improve mental health and provides positive economical impacts on personal lives as well as the community.
Also consider incorporating Transit Windsor into your active transportation commute!
Let's get out and ride!
Walk Wheel Windsor
The Active Transportation Master Plan (ATMP), Walk Wheel Windsor, provides a vision along with policies and actions to guide the development of well-connected, attractive active transportation networks over the next 20 years that are safe, convenient and user-friendly for people of all ages and abilities, no matter what mode of transportation people use.
Parks, Trails & Recreation Map
Check out our latest 2021 Parks, Trails & Recreation Map to find locations of Windsor's cycling facilities, public bike repair service stations, parks, transit connections, dog parks, spray pads and more! Maps are available for pickup at the following bike shops:
- Ambassador Bicycles
- Bicycle World
- Bike Windsor Essex
- City Cyclery
- Cycle Culture
- Infinity Cycle
- J & R Sports Connection
For questions and concerns or to have the maps distributed at an event or different location, please contact Transportation Planning Services (contact information below).
Bird Canada Inc. E-Scooter Share Pilot Project
Bird Canada Inc. is providing e-scooter rental services throughout the Phase 1 Service Area as a one-year pilot project starting May 1, 2021.
E-scooters are permitted only on roads with a speed limit of 50 kilometres per hour or lower. Use bike lanes when available. Ride on the right-hand side of the road where bike lanes are not provided. Always ride in the direction of traffic and follow the rules of the road.
E-scooters are prohibited on sidewalks and park trails (Riverfront Trail excepted).
Riders must be 16 years of age or older.
Helmets are required for riders under the age of 18.
No passengers, cargo or baskets.
For repeated and/or egregious and unsafe riding, Bird Canada is suspending rider accounts.
For provincial rules of the pilot project, refer to O. Reg. 389/19: Pilot Project - Electric Kick-Scooters. Visit the Ministry of Ontario's Electric Kick-Style Scooters (e-scooters) page for the best riding practices and more information.
Watch a 90-second safety video by clicking the image below:
To start your ride, download the Bird app. For information on using the e-scooters without a smartphone, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Ride passes and discounts are also available.
For concerns related to your Bird account, please contact Bird's customer support at email@example.com or call 1-866-205-2442.
Questions or concerns about the program should be emailed to Windsor's Bird Team at 311. For City-related inquiries, please contact the City's active transportation coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-255-6100 ext. 6188.
Cyclists and Pedestrians to be Permitted on Gordie Howe International Bridge
See the official news release: Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) Announces Cyclists and Pedestrians to be Permitted on Gordie Howe International Bridge.
Windsor Police has created a bicycle registration to help protect bicycles owned by residents of Windsor and the surrounding area, especially citizens that commute to Windsor by bicycle. This program will increase the chances of having your bicycle returned to you if it is lost or stolen.
Please visit the Windsor Police Bicycle Registry page for more information and to register your bike or e-bike today!
Tap Water Refilling Stations
The City of Windsor is working with the Blue W Program to identify local businesses and public facilities that will refill your reusable bottle with tap water, free of charge.
Finding a Blue W location is easy:
- Look for the Blue W sign posted in storefronts; or
- Go to BlueW.org and use the mapping tool (computers and smart phones supported). Upon entering your location details, the three closest Blue W sites will appear.
Bike Locker Rentals
Bike lockers are available for rent at Parking Garage #2 located at Park Street West and Pelissier Street. The cost is $10.00 per month.
Surveillance cameras are monitored 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Monday to Saturday (holidays excepted).
To rent a bike locker, please contact the parking permit coordinator (1266 McDougall Street, 519-255-6247).
Bike racks are also provided on the ground floor free of charge. Bring your own bike lock.
Bicycle Friendly Communities Bronze Award
The City of Windsor received an inaugural Bicycle Friendly Communities Bronze Award from the Share the Road Cycling Coalition (SRCC) in 2011. View the Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Communities Award. In 2015 and 2019, the City of Windsor renewed their Bronze Level designation.
Transportation Planning Division
350 City Hall Square West, Suite 210
Windsor, Ontario, Canada, N9A 6S1
Hours of Operation: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday (holidays excepted)
Phone: For general information, call 311. For detailed inquiries, call (519) 255-6267.