Hiking & Cycling Trails

 

Discover the many biking and walking trails of Norfolk County!

On this page you will find links to trail maps, guidelines for bicycle safety and laws in Ontario, and local bike shops to keep you on the right path!

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Cycling & Hiking Trails

Norfolk Pathways

Haldimand Paths

 

Same Roads. Same Rules. Same Rights.

    Norfolk County has great scenery, interesting destinations and an extensive roads system for travelling by bicycle. Being a rural area, most of our roads are two-lane, which means bicyclists, walkers and drivers will often be sharing the road. We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable experience on our roads. When all users follow the rules, with care and courtesy, it is easy to share the road!

 

Bicyclist Information

   Bicycles are considered vehicles under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, and have the same rights and responsibilities on public roadways as drivers. Bicyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles. When you as a bicyclist fail to obey the rules of the road, you lose the support of drivers. Be a good ambassador for bicycling!

 

Follow Rules of the Road

Obey all traffic laws, signs and signals!

Ride on the Right

  • Always ride in the same direction as traffic, far enough from the road edge to keep a straight line.

  • Ride single file, except when passing.

  • You may occupy any part of a lane when your safety warrants it such as

to avoid obstacles, or if the lane isn’t wide enough to safely pass.

 

Be Predictable

  • Ride in a straight line – don’t weave around obstacles, unless you check that it is safe to do so.

  • Stay about one metre from the edge/curb or parked cars to avoid hazards.

  • Use hand signals to communicate turns and stops to other road users.

 

Be Visible

  • Wear brightly coloured clothing, including reflectors.

  • Use lights in low light conditions (red rear, white front).

  • Stay out of drivers’ blind spots – especially truck drivers. Ensure you are visible in driver’s side mirrors

  • Make eye contact with drivers – it’s the best way to know they see you.

 

Be Courteous

  • When riding in groups, leave gaps to allow space for drivers or other bicyclists to pass.

  • Acknowledge drivers with a wave when they’ve passed you safely.

  • Yield to pedestrians. Warn others with a ring of your bell or friendly greeting before passing.

 

Take Care of Your Gear and Yourself

  • Your bike is a machine and works best and safest when it is well-maintained.

  • Wear a helmet and make sure it fits correctly.

 

www.norfolkpathways.ca

 

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