The unOfficial Kingston City Cycling Map.

Version | March  9, 2011.

Designed to encourage novice and neighbourhood level riders to extend their cycling range by providing low traffic, alternate routes they might not be aware of to useful destinations around town. Also, to provide non-cyclists with a tool they can use to envision how cycling might fit into their daily lives.

I’m sure tourists would wouldn’t mind the information as well, having been approached by many over the years and asked about cycling around town.

Click here, to download the full resolution PDF. PDF format: 2.1 MB.

For online viewing rather than printing, you might prefer the Big JPEG Version: 1.8 MB.

Amazing Extra Bonus Funtime! New April 2011: Died April 2011

Sorry. This amazing feature that hearkens the future of computing has to be put on hold for the moment seeing as how jQuery is killing the slide shows in the Blog.

So we're back to boring old "click on the map to download the PDF":
The map is based on a number of sources, but the primary data is courtesy of the open source OpenStreetmap Project. To quote them “OpenStreetMap is a free editable map of the whole world. It is made by people like you.”

“People like me”. How great is that? I LIKE people like me. If there were more people like me there’d be less... uhm... mullets maybe? You might not be so thrilled but that’s your problem and you shouldn't write the map off just because you have questionable taste.

Data was verified by crosschecking with other map sources, satellite shots and when I just couldn't figure out what the hell I was seeing, getting on a bike and actually, physically checking.

I'm confident that this is a pretty darn good map of the city. Not the most accurate perhaps, just the one best reflecting the current state of things. Every map source I checked contained inaccuracies. Some contained more than a few.

When I started, Google, Bing and MapArt all suggested that driving your car up Founder's Row on Queen's campus as a shortcut to Union was a perfectly acceptable thing to do. The part where the walkway splits in two to go a round a couple of large trees was marked as a one way roundabout! Even OpenStreetMap got it partially wrong. Granted it's an ambiguous little section where you can actually drive part of the way up the path and park (and people do), but it's still not a through street as shown on most maps.

Google has since corrected this, the others... not so much.

Even the recently released official City Street Atlas contains inaccuracies and roads that, while on the development plan, don't actually exist. Yet. Someone in the bowels of the city's map department is obviously pro-development. "If I map it, it will come". Look at the new development north of the Rona at Princess and Sydenham for examples.

In the meantime though, this is a personal project. So, just for the record, let's make this abundantly clear. As the disclaimer on the map states:

Users of this map bear full responsibility for their own safety. This map has been developed to assist in planning bicycle trips throughout the City. It shows roads with paved shoulders as well as some suggested routes and connections in areas where paved shoulders do not exist. The suggested routes and connections have been identified in consultation with experienced Kingston cyclists.The designation of a street on the map as a route or suggested route does not necessarily guarantee any minimum lane width or traffic density. Cyclists must use these streets with the same caution they would use when riding on similar streets that have not been so designated. All routes should be evaluated by each individual cyclist based on their level of experience, comfort level in cycling in traffic, weather conditions, time of day, and any road obstacles, whether temporary or permanent, such as construction or potholes.This map is not intended as a guide for children. The creators of this map are not responsible for any unforeseeable offences committed by third parties, which may cause a hazard to cyclists.

So that's it. Consider this the PDF version of asking your neighbour, the guy who bike around all year round, if he knows an OK bike route to somewhere and treat the information contained in it accordingly.

Have fun!


A Bike Map of Kingston arose from the age-old question: “You’d think a city the size of Kingston would have a city cycling map, wouldn’t you?”.

Then, some wise-ass asked: “Yeah, and why isn’t someone making fun of all the useless bike racks, the bike lanes to nowhere and all the other silliness that keeps Kingston from being a truly excellent city to ride in?”.

This blog is the wise-ass’s attempt to answer to both questions.

If you feel a burning desire to contact me (to complain, of course), this email address will do the trick.

Preparation H might possibly help with the burning.

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