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A Perfect Mix: Waterloo Guelph Explorer


There is always a thrill in travelling to somewhere new. Having long heard about the excellent bike trails, quiet country roads, small town charm and modern city amenities we set out to ride this ultimate looped two day ride itinerary to explore the Waterloo Guelph area.


2020 Cycling In Ontario Guide

2020 Ontario By Bike Photo Contest


Ontario By Bike's 2020 photo contest is now open for submission. Whether it's in a winter wonderland, the season of bloom, the heat of summer or the cooler temperatures and colourful fall foliage, take a break and snap a few great photos featuring you and your bikes as well as places you stop.

Click HERE for information about submission and last year's winner.



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About the Ontario By Bike™ Network

For cyclists, the Ontario By Bike Network offers a variety of information on cycling in Ontario, inspiring visitors and residents to explore more by bike. Find great places to cycle, links to useful cycling maps and plan your day trip or multi day cycling itineraries with stops at certified bicycle friendly businesses enroute.  View our on-line map with the location of and links to accommodations, restaurants, cafes, wineries, attractions, bike stores, tours and rental locations that all offer cyclists  extra services and amenities, creating a positive experience and fuelling your desire to get back on the saddle to explore more of Ontario by bike.

For tourism industry partners, the Ontario By Bike works to develop and promote cycle tourism in Ontario. The established business network is a program certifying and promoting bicycle friendly businesses and cycle tourism in a growing number of regions across Ontario. The Network is open to accommodations, food services, attractions, cycling related businesses and organizations interested in cycle tourism. The Ontario By Bike Network is launched in each region with an informative workshop, after which local businesses may register on-line, at no charge, to participate and ultimately reach the growing number of cycle tourists in Ontario. There are currently over 1,500 businesses certified as bicycle friendly, in regions spanning Ontario. 

In January 2014, the Network was rebranded as the Ontario By Bike, after having been formerly known as The Welcome Cyclists Network. For more information on the rebranding click here

Read more about our programming and plans to further grow cycle tourism in Ontario, with our 2019 to 2021 strategic plan. Download overview document here.   

For more information on the Ontario By Bike Network Project, please contact us by:

Email: info (at) ontariobybike (dot) ca
Phone: 416-827-2774 or 1-866-701-2774
Fax: 416-392-0071

Mailing Address:
c/o Transportation Options
850 Coxwell Ave
Toronto, Ontario  M4C 5R1

  • About the Ontario By Bike Network

    The Ontario By Bike Network is a project of Transportation Options, (T.O.), a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering sustainable transportation and tourism ideas and innovations by providing organizational structure and support to projects and innovations that are healthy, integrated, convenient, economically beneficial, and environmentally sound. The organizations' vision is to build vibrant communities through sustainable transportation and tourism programs and innovations.

  • Project Staff

    Louisa Mursell Executive Director, Transportation Options

    Louisa has been working on sustainable, green and new tourism initiatives for a number years. Her current position as Executive Director with Transportation Options has her overseeing a number of innovative projects and programs fullfilling the organizations' mandate of fostering sustainable mobility and tourism solutions across Ontario. Having worked for Transportation Options since 2008, Louisa has been responsible for launching the Ontario By Bike Network (previously the Welcome Cyclist Network) with an extensive workshops series and support program. She has also worked as the Greenbelt Express and Operations Manager for the Bike Train Initiative and as Assistant Coordinator of the 2009 Ontario Cycle Tourism Forum. She now manages all aspects and program areas for the organization and her responsibilities include program development, marketing and communications, HR, finance, fundraising, strategic planning and partnerships.

    A keen cyclists and outdoors enthusiast, she holds much knowledge of the cycle tourism and outdoor adventure sectors in Ontario – and is always keen to get out there to learn more.


    Simon Lutz Project Coordinator, Ontario By Bike - Transportation Options 

    As a European citizen and newcomer to Canada, Simon has lived most of his life in Switzerland. With an educational background in tourism management majoring in ecommerce and digital marketing he has worked on a variety of industry related projects including digital marketing campaigns for the Museum of Television and Archive in Toronto. In his current position as Project Coordinator with Transportation Options he is managing and increasing Ontario By Bike's bicycle friendly business network of over 1,400 certified businesses. Furthermore he is establishing program outreach strategies for tourism operators, communities and cycling related industry partners across Ontario as well as facilitating cycle tourism development workshops, organizing group bike tours and working on various promotional communications and marketing campaigns.


    Jennifer Miao Finance and Administration, Transportation Options

    Jennifer joined Transportation Options in 2016 and takes care of all accounting needs, ensuring financial accountability for our growing number of projects, with a variety of funding sources.


  • Project Background

    The Ontario By Bike Network Program was developed in response to Bike Train passenger feedback from the 2007 pilot year evaluation survey. Some passengers who completed the survey indicated their accommodation did not have adequate bicycle storage facilities and/or other related services. This prompted the development of a set of standards and criteria to certify bicycle-friendly accommodations and to provide tourism product knowledge training to managers of hotels, inns, motels and bed & breakfasts, food service providers, attractions and other businesses of interest to cyclists.

    In preparing for the 2008 test pilot a lengthy research report was compiled that included examples of a number of other large networks world-wide that have successfully implemented a similar program.

    • Bett und Bike - Germany • Cycling Scotland • The Czech Republic • Bienvenue Cyclistes, Quebec

    In 2008 the Ontario By Bike Program (formerly Welcome Cyclists Program) was test piloted in the Niagara-area in partnership with Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce. A well attended initial workshop was offered and there was much interest in expanding the program.

    In 2014, the Welcome Cyclists Network was rebranded as "Ontario By Bike" to better position our services to cyclists who use the Network and our tourism partners including the business locations that are certified as bicycle friendly. The new name more clearly and concisely defines our program and services with the addition of a place name, and further enhances the level of recognition of Ontario in the growing tourism industry sector of cycle tourism.

    In 2016, the Ontario By Bike Network and design mark became a registered trademark. All rights reserved.

    Following the initial workshop a number of participants went on to create their own regional network, naming it Cycle and Stay Niagara. Receiving widespread attention and an increase in the number of cycle tourists booking rooms this is a concrete example of the often intangible benefits of networking.

    • Cycle and Stay Niagara


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