The Thames Valley Parkway
Often, a truly unique adventure can be had by seeking out London, Ontario's bike paths. Pedaling along one of these paths can take you through some of the more interesting neighbourhoods and historic parts of the city. Easily explore Downtown London by connecting directly from the Thames Valley Parkway and visit the wealth of merchants, amenities and services all easily accessible by bike.
Cycling enthusiasts looking for an urban cycling experience can explore over 400 km of bike paths and lanes in London. The Thames Valley Parkway, London's most popular route, winds its way over 40 km of paved, off-road multi-use pathways running beside the banks of the Thames River and extending into many neighbourhoods.
London's fix-it stations allow cyclists to fix a bike chain, pump up flat tires and overall general maintenance while out and about. You simply hang your bicycle on the stand and use the attached tools and air pump to get your bike ready to roll. There are bike fix-it stations located at Crouch Library on Hamilton Road, outside Tuckey Home Hardware in Wortley Village, Storybook Gardens, City Hall, MEC and Fanshawe Conservation Area.
Cycling is a great family pastime. But remember that it’s the law in Ontario for cyclists under the age of eighteen to wear an approved bicycle helmet. Don’t forget a bicycle must have a bell or a horn. It should be used as a warning and also a courtesy to alert pedestrians or other road and trail users of your approach. Visit the Ontario Cycling Skills guide for more information.
Are you feeling adventurous? Check out Boler Mountain’s 120 acres of property which includes a beginner loop, and advanced loops, mountain biking and fitness trails that traverse great cross country terrain.
Bicycles are not permitted in Environmentally Significant Areas (ESA's) with the exception of asphalt or crushed gravel paths in Kilally Meadows and Medway Valley Heritage Forest. For more information on London’s ESA’s please visit their website here, or by calling the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority at 519-451-2800 x 281.
The Fanshawe Lake Trail is a 20 km loop trail open to cyclists from dawn to dusk, seven days a week. The trail meanders around Fanshawe Reservoir, through mature forests, open meadows and along three stretches of roadway.
From the novice to the elite level, track cycling at the Forest City Velodrome offers thrills and exhilaration for both spectators and athletes with 138-meters of indoor track. Frequent recreational sessions allow riders of various skill levels time to ride on the track and ramp up their fun, fitness and training. It is one of two velodromes in Ontario and one of five indoor cycling facilities in all North America.
The City of London supports walking and cycling as active ways to enjoy the many special features London has to offer. Check out their online map here.
Businesses that are registered with Ontario by Bike:
Below is a listing of businesses that have been certified as bicycle-friendly by Ontario by Bike. Cyclists can count on secure bike lock-up areas, local cycling information on-hand, healthy local food options, access to rest areas and water and basic bicycle repair tool sets (for accommodation only).
Courtyard by Marriott London
Days Inn London
Holiday Inn Express & Suites London Downtown
London Bicycle Café
London Brewing Co-operative
The Market at Western Fair District
TownePlace Suites London by Marriott
Trek Bicycle Store London
Quality Suites London
689 Griffith St.
bolermountain.com • 519-657-8822
Trek Bikes (2022)
4487 Wellington Rd. S.
trekbicyclestorelondon.com • 519-680-5100
Bicycles can be transported on all regular train services with baggage cars between Windsor-London & Toronto-London. Bicycles can be loaded or unloaded at only those stations offering checked baggage service. Extra charges of $25 each direction applies for bike transport. Check with VIA Rail for schedules and times, and for further instructions and confirmation that bicycles can be transported on a specific route date.
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