The City is committed to build a safe and well-connected walking and cycling network for commuting and/or leisure purposes. Learn more about the active transportation projects happening in Markham.
The Rouge Valley Trail follows the Rouge River along Toogood Pond located in the heart of Unionville, continues south to Austin Drive Park and connects to Milne Conservation Park. Upon completion, this 15km trail will be a significant cycling & walking route providing connections through several communities, parks and destinations.
An Environmental Assessment study was completed in 2012 in consultation with from various stakeholders, including City Staff, external agencies, local ratepayers association, Councillors, community members and more.
Construction of the Rouge Valley Trail began in 2013 and is carried out in four (4) phases. To-date, Phase 1, 2, & 3 are completed, trail section from Main St. Unionville, through Milne Dam Park, to Markham Road. Construction of Phase 4A is currently underway.
See the Rouge Valley Trail Video on City of Markham YouTube Channel:
The Markham Centre Greenlands Master Plan was completed in 2004 which defined an inter-connected trail network through Markham Centre in three (3) general areas.
Area 1 — Apple Creek to Hwy 7
Area 2 — Woodbine to Warden Ave.
Area 3 — Warden Ave to Main Street Unionville
The City currently is completing detail design for Phase 1 of Area 3 and construction will begin in 2020. Planning for the remaining trail section in Area 1, 2 and 3 will be pursued through the completion of environmental assessment studies by 2021, and followed by detailed design and construction in the coming years.
The Lake to Lake Route is a 121 km recreation and commute route which connects Lake Simcoe to Lake Ontario. This multi-use route that will form a key spine of York Region and the City of Toronto’s active transportation network.
The Lake to Lake Route within the City of Markham is completed. It consists of a 4.2km of multi-use pathway along Leslie Street (from Highway 7 to John Street) and John Street to the existing German Mills Settler’s Park trail through the park. The route then follows the existing signed bike route along Leslie Street to Steeles Avenue.
Within Markham's urban areas, over half of local roads, 20% of collector roads and 17% artieral roads are without sidewalk. While many of the newer areas of Markham include sidewalk facilities, there are many older neighbourhoods that lack safe and highly connected network of sidewalk.
City Staff has developed a prioritization program that aims to close this sidewalk gaps in the network over a period of ten years - from 2019 to 2028. A total of 111.6 km of sidewalk gaps is identified in this program, of which 64.6 km of sidewalk gaps are to be programmed for construction.
Located at Milliken Mills Community Centre (Parking Lot), Markham Cycles aims to build cycling culture in Markham by offering free programs and workshops to anyone who is interested in cycling. These programs include access to bikes and tools at DIY drop-in bike repair sessions, workshops on cycling topics, cycling mentorship and loans, community bike rides, a carbon count, build-a-bike and youth-focused programs.