The flat landscape of Essex County is ideal for cycling. With our mix of urban and rural areas, the Town of Essex offers a growing system of trails and a focus on active transportation. We're also part of the scenic Waterfront Trail, a 1400-kilometre trail connecting people along the Great Lakes waterfront.
When the County Wide Active Transportation System (CWATS) is completed, over 700 kilometres of on-road and off-road trails will connect people throughout Essex County and allow them to live more active lifestyles. In the meantime, the Town of Essex is home to Essex County's first "green" cycle path. This one-way, off-road path in Colchester is ideal for pedestrians and cyclists.
Green cycle paths
The new "green" cycle paths in Colchester are one-way paths. This means that pedestrians and cyclists must always use the path on the right side of the road when heading toward their destination.
Pedestrians have the right-of-way. Cyclists must yield to pedestrians and must follow the rules of the road.
Path users always have the right-of-way. Motorists must yield to cyclists and pedestrians, taking special care where green paths cross driveways and roadways.
It is illegal to block or park on the green path.
Share the road
Cyclists, motorists, farm equipment operators and pedestrians often have to share the road.
To find out more about improving safety for cyclists, visit Share the Road.
To learn more about safe cycling, consult Cycling Skills: Ontario's Guide to Safe Cycling.
To find out how to safely share rural roads, be sure to watch this Share the Road video from the Town of Blue Mountains.