blenkinsop-bike-hhCyclists are welcome in regional parks on trails specifically designated for cycling as well as on roads and other bikeways throughout the region.

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Where can I ride my bicycle in regional parks and trails?

Cycling is permitted on CRD Regional Parks' two connected regional trails, built on former railway lines. The 55km Galloping Goose Regional Trail connects downtown Victoria with Sooke. The 29km Lochside Regional Trail begins in Saanich and ends at the BC Ferries terminal at Swartz Bay. The 17km E&N Rail Trail - Humpback Connector begins at the Johnson St bridge in Victoria and travels through Victoria, Esquimalt, View Royal and Langford to Humpback Rd. This trail is still under development, so some gaps exist.

Cycling is also permitted:

Cycling is not permitted on other trails or in other CRD parks. Please lock up your bikes and explore the parks on foot.

Why aren't bikes allowed on all trails?

Most of the trails in regional parks were built for walking and hiking, and are not engineered for safe cycling. Cycling on these trails damages tree roots and creates ruts, leading to erosion.

Most hiking trails are also too narrow for safe cycling. Please be considerate of other visitors.

Can I ride my bike off trail?

No. Cycling off trail, like hiking off trail, damages plants and wildflowers and disrupts important habitat for birds and wildlife. Cycling also damages the top layer of soil, leading to erosion. Please cycle only on designated trails.

The only designated mountain biking area in the regional parks system is at Mount Work Regional Park - Hartland, which provides trails for riders of all levels.

For more information on the Mount Work-Hartland mountain biking trails, contact CRD Parks' volunteer partner, the South Island Mountain Bike Society.

Can I ride my electric bicycle on park trails?

Yes, as long as you obey the same rules as other cyclists and your bicycle meets the definition of a "motor-assisted cycle" under the BC Motor Vehicle Act.

Amendment to Bylaw: Electric Bicycles on Regional Trails

The CRD Board adopted Bylaw 3348, which defines and regulates the use of motor-assisted cycles on regional trails, at its meeting on July 12, 2006.

Where does CRD Parks provide bike racks?

Bike racks are available for visitors at Coles Bay, Elk/Beaver Lake, Matheson Lake, Mill Hill, Thetis Lake and Witty's Lagoon regional parks. Along the regional trails bike racks are provided at formal rest stops.

Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan

The Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan supports cycling and walking as part of an integrated transportation network that includes trails and cycling corridors across the region. 

Trail Etiquette

  • Share the trail and keep right except to pass
  • Control your speed
  • Yield to pedestrians and horse riders
  • When passing, alert other trail users. Use caution, particularly around horses
  • Communicate with signals and eye contact
  • Respect the trail environment and neighbouring lands
  • Yield to farm equipment
  • Cooperate and show mutual respect
  • Forgive fellow trail users if they make mistakes