The City is committed to making active modes of getting around, like walking and cycling, easy and accessible. We are working on making safer routes, filling in gaps in infrastructure, getting the word out that walking and cycling are fun and efficient, making events to keep your energy and interest up, and policy and by-laws that also make it better and safer to get around actively.

To make this happen, the City has a Plan, called the Active Transportation Plan, that explains what work will happen. It is guided by a vision, principles, and goals.


Through leadership, planning, and community partnerships, Thunder Bay is a healthy, accessible, environmentally sustainable community, where active transportation is a key component of a safe, innovative, integrated transportation system that links where we all live, work and play.


  • Safety
  • Promotion and Education
  • Inclusive/Diversity
  • Connectivity/Access
  • Aesthetics
  • Supportive Amenities/Facilities
  • Sustainability


Improved safety for people doing active transportation

  • Create a safe multi-use trail system using Provincial and Federal safety guidelines
  • Use the latest, modern design guidelines in building our walking and cycling facilities

Increase the number of people walking, biking, or traveling by active transportation

  • Promote the health benefits of using active transportation
  • Make active transportation fun
  • Make trail system is user friendly
  • Make all facilities age-friendly
  • Comply with Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 - AODA

Develop infrastructure that supports active transportation

  • Develop a system of route signage and wayfinding
  • Link the cycling and transit systems; make trails and routes convenient to all neighbourhoods
  • Link the commuter system with the trail system
  • Create and install bike racks, benches, end of trip facilities, and secure storage
  • Strategically develop the system, including expansion into new developments, maintenance, and improvements

Develop policies that support active transportation

Take a whole system approach to managing streets and public land in transportation planning

Develop community partnerships to help implement a dynamic and sustainable active transportation plan

  • Create a long-term active transportation plan with community input and partnership support
  • Get ongoing financial support and commitment from the City of Thunder Bay

Get active

The City keeps a very active Active Transportation Facebook page! We are always adding new photos, links to cool articles, news, and special events. It is a great way to keep in the loop.

The City also has an active transportation Twitter account that you can follow! There's always a good conversation happening there.

The Original Active Transportation Plan

The original Active Transportation Plan was passed by City Council in 2008. The City is currently working on a new, updated Active Transportation Plan.

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