Saugeen Shores is a bronze designated bicycle friendly community by providing you with safe trails and routes, whether you ride for leisure, for recreation or to commute. Expand the sections below to learn more.

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Bike Friendly Friday bicycle safety campaign

The Town of Saugeen Shores and Saugeen Shores Police Services are partnering this summer to share bicycle safety messages. 

Every Friday from July 31 to September 4, the public can find a new post on the Town’s social media channels and website. The goals of this annual campaign are: to inform the community about share-the-road rules, laws and trail etiquette; to educate by creating awareness, sharing resources and information; and to promote active transportation, encouraging people to get out on their bikes.

Where to cycle in Saugeen Shores

View the interactive map of cycling trails in Saugeen Shores.

Printed maps are available at our bicycle-friendly businesses and the Port Elgin or Southampton Visitor Information Centres.

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The following links may also help you plan your cycling route:

Trail closures

Gore Drain Trail (full closure)

Read about the ongoing trail closure and alternate routes.

North Shore Trail (partial closure)

Part of the North Shore Trail from McVicar Street in Port Elgin to the 10th Concession is closed until further notice due to damage caused by high water levels. Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians must share the road in this area.  

Our trails map shows alternate routes including the Biener Bush trails, the Bushline Trail and the Saugeen Rail Trail. This route remains part of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail as an on-road section.

2020 cycling events

All organized cycling events have unfortunately been cancelled for 2020. Some activities may be coordinated for September to celebrate a postponed Bike Month.

Even though these events have been cancelled, Saugeen Shores remains a beautiful destination to explore by bike and our businesses welcome those arriving on 2 wheels.

Bicycle-friendly businesses

Local bicycle friendly certified businesses are accommodators, food services, attractions, cycling related businesses and organizations that support cycle tourism.

If you own a business that meets the bicycle-friendly business criteria, you can register for this free promotional opportunity.

Trail etiquette and code of conduct

  • Trails are for non-motorized use only. Mobility devices and e-bikes are permitted
  • Horses are allowed on the Woodland and Biener trails only
  • Ride at a safe speed – Recommended maximum speed of 20 km
  • Stay to the right, pass on the left
  • When stopped, move safely off to one side
  • Warn others you are passing by calling out or using your bell
  • Keep dogs on a leash - Stoop and scoop
  • Show courtesy to all trail users - Share the trail
  • Put garbage in its place – No littering
  • Pedestrians and mobility devices always have the right of way
  • Cyclists ride in control - Safe and slow, max 20 km
  • Stay on the trail - Respect private property and natural vegetation

Resources for bicycle safety and tips to share the road

Learn how you can help keep Saugeen Shores safe by respecting all users and obeying the rules of the road.

For more tips and resources, check out our cycling safety 101 blog post.  

Bike safety videos

These videos offer quick reminders to keep cyclist and motorists safe while sharing the road.

Becoming a bicycle friendly community

In 2017, the Town of Saugeen Shores worked with Share the Road Cycling Coalition to develop a report and recommendations to become a Bicycle Friendly Community. Community engagement and a local infrastructure tour were part of the report process.

In fall 2018, the Town was awarded its designation as a bronze bicycle friendly community.

Learn more about the project by listening to The Shore Report or viewing the 2017-2022 Report or Executive Summary.

Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community Badge