What is a Multi-use Pathway?
Multi-use pathways are off-road paved pathways for cyclists and pedestrians. These shared pathways are found within the parks system and are part of a larger cycling network in the city. Multi-purpose pathways are designed to accommodate users of all abilities.
What do Multi-use Pathways Look Like?
Multi-use pathways are asphalt surfaced and are between 2.4 and 4 metres wide to allow for a broad range of users including walkers, runners, cyclists, and in-line skaters. Some multi-use pathways use a yellow line to delineate two-way traffic while other, more narrow, pathways rely on courteous use to accommodate all users.
Multi-use Pathways in London
Along the Thames River, the City has developed the Thames Valley Parkway (TVP), a multi-use pathway system that stretches over 40 km and extends into many neighbourhoods. Many secondary pathway systems have been built or are planned to be built to bring more users to the main system, such as the Stoney Creek pathway and the new Kiwanis Park bike path, linking Dundas Street south to the river.
The pathway system is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. to all users, however many sections are not lit, so users need to consider their trip and plan accordingly.
Much of the Thames Valley Parkway is plowed in the winter making it an all-season recreation activity. The surface may be snow covered, so wear appropriate footwear.
Keeping Multi-use Pathway Users Safe
Similar to traveling on the road, users are to keep to the right and be respectful of others. The maximum speed permitted on a multi-use pathway is 20 km/hr. Users are to travel at a speed appropriate for the activity level on the path; if busy please slow down.
The “rules of the road” are outlined on the big blue signs along the Thames Valley Parkway, which also provide a map and destination directions.