Cycling in the city

Author: Alicia Van Hyfte

With the most extensive outdoor pathway and bikeway network in North America and a Rocky Mountain playground in our backyard, Calgary is a perfect place to explore on two wheels.

Whether you’re an easy-road rider or a marathon mountain biker, there’s a place for you to pedal in or around the city.

Where to bike

Calgary’s downtown is easily accessible by bike with cycle track and bikes lanes to ensure a safe commute for cyclists.

For a leisurely, scenic spin in the city, take a ride through one of Calgary’s many outdoor oases such as Edworthy Park, Nosehill Park, Fish Creek Park, Bowness Park, or Prince’s Island Park—just to name a few. Venture outside the city limits and you’ll find more breathtaking bike trails including the Rocky Mountain Legacy Trail (Canmore to Banff), Lake Minnewanka Loop (Banff) and Highwood Pass (Kananaskis).

If you’re looking to do some radical mountain bike runs, head over to Winsport’s Canada Olympic Park. You may also want to trek west to try mountain bike routes in Bragg Creek, Moose Mountain and Jumpingpound Ridge.

Rent a bike

You don’t have to own a bike to enjoy freewheeling around the city, you just need to know where to rent one.

The green, electric bikes that decorate the streets of downtown Calgary are available for anyone to use as part of the Lime bike share program. Simply download the Lime app, find a bike, scan the QR code and start pedaling around downtown. For a change up to your typical two-wheel transportation, give one of the Lime scooters a try!

For rental road bikes, mountain bikes, leisure bikes, electric bikes, and kid’s bikes, check out Sports Rent, Bow Cycle and Calgary Cycle. Many of these places also have car bike racks, helmets and other bike accessories available to rent.

Whether you’re an easy-road rider or a marathon mountain biker, there’s a place for you to pedal in or around the city.

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