Ajax is a designated Bicycle Friendly Community, home to a safe and connected 140km cycling network that encompasses off-road trails, dedicated bike lanes and shared use lanes.  The Town is a leader when it comes to investing in cycling infrastructure to improve the safety, connectivity and convenience of its network. Recent improvements include the construction of new off-road trails and the installation of a bike repair station and tire air pump in the Pickering Village Urban Square.

In the wake of COVID-19, a record number of residents are dusting off their bikes and exploring Ajax by bike, and businesses are realizing the positive impact.

If you are an Ajax business, what does this mean for you?

Many businesses, such as the Bean and Basket in Pickering Village, have seen an increase in visitation from customers arriving on two wheels.

In a recent Global News Feature Story, Elaine Evangelista, co-owner of the shop told reporters, “(Cyclists are) coming from Toronto, they’re coming from Whitby, and they’re cycling from further away, so it would be very important for us to be able to attract people here so they can come not just see the shop but also see the area, see the neighbourhood.”

As the number of cyclists continues to grow in numbers, many are looking for bike friendly businesses to visit as they explore our Town by bike. Making your establishment more “bike friendly” opens up opportunities to attract new customers and clients of all ages and cycling ability.

How do I become more “bike friendly”?

Join the Ontario By Bike Network!

The Ontario By Bike Network is a free program that certifies and promotes bicycle friendly businesses and cycle tourism in a growing number of regions across Ontario. The Network is open to accommodations, food services, attractions, cycling related businesses and organizations interested in cycle tourism. 

Joining the Network is FREE and it’s easy! Here’s all you need to do:

  1. Review the Certification Criteria for your business category and ensure you comply with each of the minimum requirements for your category.
  2. Once you’ve met the minimum criteria, register your business on the Ontario by Bike website or download and complete the application form.
  3. Follow the instructions to add your business listing to the Ontario by Bike website. Once approved, you’ll receive a “Welcome Package”, which will includes a regional tool kit, Ontario by Bike rack cards, an Ontario By Bike Window Decal and other marketing and administrative correspondence.
  4. Contact the Town of Ajax at priority@ajax.ca and let us know that you’ve joined the Ontario By BikeNetwork! We’ll send you cycling maps and information that you can distribute, add you to our online listing of bike friendly businesses and include you in our upcoming cycling marketing campaigns!

June is Bike Month!

In celebration of Bike Month, the Region of Durham and Town of Ajax will be encouraging residents to explore Ajax by bike while supporting local businesses with the following initiatives:

Durham Bike and Buy Campaign (June 14-30)

Cyclists who make a purchase at a participating business from June 14-30 will be entered into a contest to win great prizes from local Durham Region businesses.

Learn more.

Ajax Trailfest – On the Go! (June 21-28)

Ajax Trailfest – On the Go! will feature the release of a number of cycling routes that residents can ride at their own leisure, during the week of June 21-28.

Businesses located along routes are encouraged to submit their business information for inclusion on the route maps, along with any special “Trailfest” offers/promotions (valid for the week of June 21-28) to entice cyclists to stop in!

Learn more.

To participate in either of these initiatives, or for assistance with joining the Ontario By Bike Network, contact the Economic Development team at priority@ajax.ca.