Cycling Master Plan

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July 7, 2020 | Updated March 12, 2021

At Oxford County, we are continuing to cycle forward in the development of a county-wide Cycling Master Plan. The plan will build on work already taking place to promote commuting by bicycle, connect roadway cycling routes to off-road trail networks, and enhance tourism opportunities. Phase 1 consultations were completed in 2020, and Phase 2 consultations are taking place now.

The core objectives of the Cycling Master Plan are to:

  • Better connect significant community areas and key destinations through municipal cycling and trail networks that also align with provincial cycling initiatives, such as the province-wide cycling network;

  • Plan for multi-modal connections between cycling and public transit, carpool lots, and passenger rail service, and identify commuter cycling routes to support travel by bike to and from work or other major trips; and,

  • Support education and promote tourism opportunities to create a stronger culture of cycling in Oxford County.

For a complete look at Phase 2 of Cycling Master Plan development, view the Cycling Master Plan - Phase 2 Draft report.


What we've heard


Based on what we heard from feedback received during the first phase of consultations, we have worked to refine the recommended cycling network in Oxford County. We have arrived at a tiered approach that features a Primary Cycling Network that connects many of Oxford County's key destinations and a secondary network that will serve the growing number of recreational and touring cyclists in the area.

Two themes identified through feedback in the first phase were:

  • Barriers to cycling: Busy roads and the lack of safe, connected cycling routes between key destinations prevented cycling more often.

  • Cycling infrastructure: Investments into cycling infrastructure should be used to support increased cycling and trail use and to improve quality of life.

To view all input received during the first round of consultations, view the Cycling Master Plan - Phase 1 Draft Report.


Have your say

The window for phase 2 feedback is now closed.


In the first phase, we asked for your input on cycling improvements, route ideas and design preferences, and you shared this feedback through an online survey, email and mail.

Now, as we enter the second phase of consultation, we want your input on some of the final details that will make this plan work for Oxford including amenities that support cycling like bike parking, repair stands, maintenance and priorities for the Primary Cycling Network.

You can give your feedback by:

  • VIRTUAL PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSION: A virtual public information session was held on February 25, 2021. A brief presentation was given followed by a Question and Answer period. County staff and members of the consulting team were available to answer your questions. View the recording of the public information session below.



  • ONLINE SURVEY: Fill out the survey by using the "Survey" tab or by clicking on the image below. The survey is now closed.


  • MAPPING TOOL: Drop pins on the map to identify cycling amenity types and their desired locations along the Primary Cycling Network. Access the mapping tool through the "Map" tab or by clicking on the image below. The interactive mapping tool is now closed. interactive mapping tool

  • EMAIL: Send your comments by email to Frank Gross, Project Lead, Oxford County, fgross@oxfordcounty.ca. The window for phase 2 feedback is now closed.

  • MAIL: Send your written comments to Frank Gross, Project Lead, Oxford County, 21 Reeve Street, P.O. Box 1614, Woodstock, Ontario, N4S 7Y3. The window for phase 2 feedback is now closed.


Due to COVID-19 public health restrictions on public gatherings, opportunities for involvement will be available online and by email or mail.

July 7, 2020 | Updated March 12, 2021

At Oxford County, we are continuing to cycle forward in the development of a county-wide Cycling Master Plan. The plan will build on work already taking place to promote commuting by bicycle, connect roadway cycling routes to off-road trail networks, and enhance tourism opportunities. Phase 1 consultations were completed in 2020, and Phase 2 consultations are taking place now.

The core objectives of the Cycling Master Plan are to:

  • Better connect significant community areas and key destinations through municipal cycling and trail networks that also align with provincial cycling initiatives, such as the province-wide cycling network;

  • Plan for multi-modal connections between cycling and public transit, carpool lots, and passenger rail service, and identify commuter cycling routes to support travel by bike to and from work or other major trips; and,

  • Support education and promote tourism opportunities to create a stronger culture of cycling in Oxford County.

For a complete look at Phase 2 of Cycling Master Plan development, view the Cycling Master Plan - Phase 2 Draft report.


What we've heard


Based on what we heard from feedback received during the first phase of consultations, we have worked to refine the recommended cycling network in Oxford County. We have arrived at a tiered approach that features a Primary Cycling Network that connects many of Oxford County's key destinations and a secondary network that will serve the growing number of recreational and touring cyclists in the area.

Two themes identified through feedback in the first phase were:

  • Barriers to cycling: Busy roads and the lack of safe, connected cycling routes between key destinations prevented cycling more often.

  • Cycling infrastructure: Investments into cycling infrastructure should be used to support increased cycling and trail use and to improve quality of life.

To view all input received during the first round of consultations, view the Cycling Master Plan - Phase 1 Draft Report.


Have your say

The window for phase 2 feedback is now closed.


In the first phase, we asked for your input on cycling improvements, route ideas and design preferences, and you shared this feedback through an online survey, email and mail.

Now, as we enter the second phase of consultation, we want your input on some of the final details that will make this plan work for Oxford including amenities that support cycling like bike parking, repair stands, maintenance and priorities for the Primary Cycling Network.

You can give your feedback by:

  • VIRTUAL PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSION: A virtual public information session was held on February 25, 2021. A brief presentation was given followed by a Question and Answer period. County staff and members of the consulting team were available to answer your questions. View the recording of the public information session below.



  • ONLINE SURVEY: Fill out the survey by using the "Survey" tab or by clicking on the image below. The survey is now closed.


  • MAPPING TOOL: Drop pins on the map to identify cycling amenity types and their desired locations along the Primary Cycling Network. Access the mapping tool through the "Map" tab or by clicking on the image below. The interactive mapping tool is now closed. interactive mapping tool

  • EMAIL: Send your comments by email to Frank Gross, Project Lead, Oxford County, fgross@oxfordcounty.ca. The window for phase 2 feedback is now closed.

  • MAIL: Send your written comments to Frank Gross, Project Lead, Oxford County, 21 Reeve Street, P.O. Box 1614, Woodstock, Ontario, N4S 7Y3. The window for phase 2 feedback is now closed.


Due to COVID-19 public health restrictions on public gatherings, opportunities for involvement will be available online and by email or mail.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

Ask us your question about the Cycling Master Plan here. We'll respond within 1-3 business days.

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    Are there plans to have active transportation considered in the residential and commercial development planning protocols - Seems developers propose a subdivision and then folks have to ask council to consider bike and walking paths. If the requirement for developers was to include active transportation in their original submissions to planning then it can only be easier and cheaper to get them implemented.

    The outlier asked 10 months ago

    The Provincial and Oxford County Official Plan policies both identify support for active transportation as one of the many considerations that are looked at when reviewing development proposals. The Oxford County Cycling Master Plan (CMP) focuses primarily on County-owned roads. The CMP would help to inform the review of active transportation needs and considerations in future planning/development review processes that involve County roads and corridors. The review of active transportation considerations for local municipal roads and other facilities (e.g. parks, trails etc.) and on-site supports for active transportation (e.g. as part of commercial development) would be primarily informed by each local municipality’s master plans, guidelines and standards, which vary from municipality to municipality.  

    More detailed information about how active transportation-related matters are considered in a particular area municipality in Oxford County can be obtained through the assigned County planner for each municipality. Contact information for each planner can be found on the Oxford County website: https://www.oxfordcounty.ca/Business-in-Oxford/Planning-and-Development/Contact-a-Planner

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    I participated in the survey, today (Feb 9), shocked (? ... certainly surprised) to read that Culloden Rd. and Hwy. 59 were being used as cycling "routes". A "route", to my understanding, is a roadway predominantly used by motor vehicles with a secondary purpose, in this case, for cyclists to follow...without any extra accommodations. Is my interpretation incorrect? As a supplementary question, even if I am mistaken, why would these roadways have been selected for cyclists to be associated with? From my own perspective, and that of the cyclists I ride with, avoiding heavy traffic roadways, even if a dedicated bike lane was available, would be a priority. We cycle for the peace, quiet, and serenity found along less traveled routes. What cyclist seeks out the routes that have the most semi's, pickups, and farm implements being driven along it? Thank you for considering these questions.

    B Hos asked 10 months ago

    We recognize that County roads typically have higher traffic volumes including large trucks and farm equipment which can pose a greater risk for cyclists. The objective of the Oxford County Cycling Master Plan (CMP) is to identify primary cycling routes on County-owned roads that provide the greatest connectivity to communities, off-road trails, tourism destinations, employment areas, and to more preferred local roads with lower traffic volumes. The implementation of cycling routes on the proposed primary network would include designated bike lanes with a degree of buffering and separation (pavement markings, rumble strips, flexible bollards, etc.) for improved safety for all road users. The options would be further evaluated when specific cycling infrastructure projects (informed by the CMP) are initiated.

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