Cycling is an excellent form of physical activity that also provides convenient, affordable and sustainable transportation. Regular physical activity is known to have positive impacts on our health, such as helping to prevent and treat health conditions, relieving stress and tension and assisting in maintaining a healthy body weight. Choosing cycling (or walking, running, in-line skating, skateboarding, scootering, etc.) as your mode of transportation also helps reduce traffic congestion and emissions and can improve mental health and provide positive economical impacts on personal lives as well as the community.
The City is committed to enhancing our cycling network and connecting communities by active transportation. Whether you plan to visit one of Windsor's beautiful Parks, explore tourism attractions (Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island), or make future plans to explore Ontario by Bike, always remember safety first – wear a helmet and brightly coloured clothing, use bicycle bells and lights, and follow the rules of the road. For cycling safety tips, check out the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) cycling safety guide.
To incorporate Transit Windsor bus service into your cycling commute, visit Transit Windsor.
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 a well-connected and attractive active transportation network over the next 20 years that is safe, convenient and user-friendly for people of all ages and abilities and all modes of active transportation. Visit WalkWheelWindsor for the report and updates.
Parks, Trails & Recreation Map
Each year, Transportation Planning Services offers free citywide maps to help locate our existing cycling facilities, parks, public bike repair service stations, transit connections, dog parks, spray pads and more. This year, our Parks, Trails & Recreation Map is available for pickup at local bike shops. For questions, comments, or to have the maps distributed at an event or location, please contract Transportation Planning Services.
Bird Canada Inc. E-Scooter Share Pilot Project
Bird Canada Inc. is providing an e-scooter rental services throughout the Phase 1 Service Area as a one-year pilot project starting May 1, 2021.
To rent an e-scooter, download the Bird application (visit Bird Canada and click Ride Now). Use the application to locate an available device, scan the QR code located at the top of the device and process your payment to start your ride. To end your ride, park the e-scooter in an acceptable location and submit a photo for confirmation. A device can be unlocked without a smartphone by calling Bird's customer service for assistance (1-866-205-2442).
The cost to rent one of Bird's e-scooters is $1.15 to unlock the device and $0.35 per minute. Bird is offering a community pricing program for low-income residents, seniors, veterans and employees of pre-approved community-based organizations to receive a 50% discount off their ride. To participate, contact Bird and send proof of eligibility (i.e. statement of Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support Program [ODSP], identification, etc.) to firstname.lastname@example.org by email. Ride passes are also available for 1-day, 3-day, weekly and monthly passes in the Bird application.
Rules of the Program:
Riders must be 16 years of age or older, and helmets are required for riders under the age of 18.
E-scooters are prohibited on sidewalks and park trails (Riverfront Trail excepted).
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.
No passengers, cargo or baskets.
Improper riding and parking can be subject to penalties and suspension from the program.
For provincial rules of the pilot project, refer to O. Reg. 389/19: Pilot Project - Electric Kick-Scooters. Visit the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario's Electric Kick-Style Scooters (e-scooters) page for the best riding practices and more information.
The following 90-second safety clip provides an introduction from Bird Canada on how to ride:
To start your ride, download the Bird app. For information on using the e-scooters without a smartphone, contact email@example.com by email.
For concerns related to your Bird account, please contact Bird's customer support at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-866-205-2442. Questions or concerns about the pilot program should be sent to Bird's Windsor Team at email@example.com by email. For City-related inquiries, please contact Transportation Planning Services (contact info at bottom of page).
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 Service 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 inside Parking Garage #2 located at Park Street West and Pelissier Street. The cost is $10 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 at 519-255-6247 or in person at 1266 McDougall Street.
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.