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Ontario Bicycling Route

Ontario Trails Events

Event: Ontario Bicycling Route
Date: 2021-01-01 to 2021-12-31
Abstract: The Ontario Bicycling Route is a vision of a network of on-road cycling opportunity that criss-crosses all of Ontario. It sees a linking of existing cycling roads and trails throughout Ontario. This has transformed into CycleON.
Type: Communication/Information
Time: 3:27 PM
Location: Ministry of Transportation Ontario
Online URL: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/publications/ontario-cycling-strategy.shtml
Cost: Free

The Ontario Bicycling Route (OBR) is a vision to implement an on-road cycling network across Ontario that will connect all regions, many municipalities and key points of interest.

This inter-regional cycling network of provincially and regionally important links will fill an existing gap needed for cycling routes between regions and extending to all provincial and international borders. It will encourage cycling connections at the local level and serve as a focus for route preservation and improvement, with benefits to safety, economic development (i.e. tourism, cycle engineering, construction and retail industries) the environment and community health. This on-road network would interconnect with off-road trails, offering alternatives and a more comprehensive system for cycling in the province.

While all roads should be cycling roads, some roads deserve particular attention for their provincial and regional importance to cyclists. The goal is to these have routes of provincial importance designated as part of the OBR. These routes would then be the focus of advocacy for preservation and improvement (paved shoulders, for example) over the coming years. These routes would also be signed as a way of promoting cyclo-tourism, local awareness, and respect from motorists.

If other projects of this nature, such as the Trans-Canada Trail, are any indication, the result of designating a route is to create momentum for local links. We believe the same phenomenon will develop here.

OBR On-Road Network

Cycling Safety

Ontario Bicycling Route (OBR) Web Map Site

This enhanced OBR web site provides new information for OBR on-road route modifications obtained since 2002, and for the first time locates off-road trails developed by other organizations. This combined on-road and off-road information allows the cyclists a wider choice of routes from a more comprehensive cycling network across Ontario. Further map details are provided below. To go directly to map links for Northern and Southern Ontario please click here:

OBR On-Road Network

The OBR is composed of route sections numbered (1 to 63) with route descriptions http://d567650.u95.wireballcreative.net/OBRJan07.pdf provided for each section, within specific regions of the Province. OBR routes focus on intercity links. Attempts are made to provide direction in urban areas, however, it is recommended that local municipal cycling maps be obtained to view all options available within urban areas. MR within the route descriptions means Municipal Road and refers to roads in municipal jurisdictions such as City, Regional, County or Township.

The OBR is composed of route sections numbered (1 to 63) with route descriptions http://d567650.u95.wireballcreative.net/OBRJan07.pdf provided for each section, within specific regions of the Province. OBR routes focus on intercity links. Attempts are made to provide direction in urban areas, however, it is recommended that local municipal cycling maps be obtained to view all options available within urban areas. MR within the route descriptions means Municipal Road and refers to roads in municipal jurisdictions such as City, Regional, County or Township.

The OBR is composed of route sections numbered (1 to 63) with route descriptions http://d567650.u95.wireballcreative.net/OBRJan07.pdf provided for each section, within specific regions of the Province. OBR routes focus on intercity links. Attempts are made to provide direction in urban areas, however, it is recommended that local municipal cycling maps be obtained to view all options available within urban areas. MR within the route descriptions means Municipal Road and refers to roads in municipal jurisdictions such as City, Regional, County or Township.

The OBR is composed of route sections numbered (1 to 63) with route descriptions http://d567650.u95.wireballcreative.net/OBRJan07.pdf provided for each section, within specific regions of the Province. OBR routes focus on intercity links. Attempts are made to provide direction in urban areas, however, it is recommended that local municipal cycling maps be obtained to view all options available within urban areas. MR within the route descriptions means Municipal Road and refers to roads in municipal jurisdictions such as City, Regional, County or Township.

Although great efforts have been made to make the OBR and OTC cycling routes accurate and complete, please take responsibility for your own safety by practicing safe cycling and checking on routes prior to departure, with local jurisdictions and agencies.

The OBR is a work in progress with route information and updates being continually sought. Comments are welcome and can be sent to: info@cycleontario.ca info@cycleontario.ca

The OBR is composed of route sections numbered (1 to 63) with route descriptions http://d567650.u95.wireballcreative.net/OBRJan07.pdf provided for each section, within specific regions of the Province. OBR routes focus on intercity links. Attempts are made to provide direction in urban areas, however, it is recommended that local municipal cycling maps be obtained to view all options available within urban areas. MR within the route descriptions means Municipal Road and refers to roads in municipal jurisdictions such as City, Regional, County or Township.

Off-Road Trails

Comments

Information for off-road trails was obtained from Advermap Inc. and the Ontario Trials Council. Contact information http://d567650.u95.wireballcreative.net/Trail_Contact_Info.pdfis provided where known for specific routes, to obtain further trail details such as surface type and suitability for road bikes.

More Detailed Route Maps

This online OBR web site represents the latest information on OBR route locations but cyclists are urged to contact local municipalities or trail organizations for the most recent route information and more detailed maps, if available. Both OBR on-road and OTC off-road routes are also mapped on 1:250,000 scale Advermaps for Southern Ontario (which also show local route loops and other options) available from: www.advermap.com