The Grand Concourse has several multi-use routes which allow cycling activities. These routes are graded, widened, and designed specifically to allow safe cycling activity alongside pedestrians. Still, these are shared spaces and all users should act accordingly. Here are some things to consider:
- Be considerate of other users. Using a bell or saying "on the left" gives them a chance to react for a safe pass.
- Keep a reasonable pace. These are gentle routes meant for casual rides or active transportation. Need more exercise or an added challenge? Check out bicyclenl.com or mountainbikestjohns.com for additional routes.
- Pay attention. Slow down in busy areas or where there are commonly slow-moving trail users. Watch the signage and obey the traffic laws. Many trails intersect with roads and some designations may change or connect with routes which do not have cycling designations.
- Be aware of other users. Occasionally glance forward and backwards and listen for other users or approaching cyclists.
- Allow space to pass. Walk on the right-hand side of the trail. If walking in a group, make a line when faster users approach.
- Consider the shared route as a roadway for bicycles and other trail users. Cyclists are often hyper-alert but inevitably will be moving faster than other users.
If we can follow these tips and get along then we can seek further opportunities for trail development. We're happy to accommodate different types of users in our network planning and trail designs. We have been active in regional cycling plans and have added 14 kilometres of cycling-friendly routes so far through the Town of Conception Bay South since 2013.
You can find our designated cycling routes at grandconcourse.ca/mapping.
1. Waterford River T'Railway (St. John's) 6.3 kms
Follow the former railbed from the Railway Coastal Museum near St. John's Harbour. Continue through Bowring Park into the City of Mount Pearl.
2. Arboretum Walk - T'Railway (Mount Pearl) 5.28 kms
The railbed continues from Brookfield road behind farms and crossing Park Avenue in Mount Pearl. The route then travels alongside the upstream Waterford River to Power's Pond Park.
3. Paradise T'Railway 4.35 kms
The T'Railway continues through St. Anne Industrial Park along Topsail Road, passing Neville's Pond, Neil's Pond, and ending at Octagon Pond in the Town of Paradise.
4. CBS T'Railway 14 kms
The CBS T'Railway route begins in Chamberlains at Spruce Hill Road and continues west, crossing Manuels River. The trail then passes centuries-old farms and diverts to the shoreline. It follows the rocky coast through tuckamore patches and pebble beaches as far as Lance Cove.
5. Virginia River (To Major's Path) 2.8 kms
Another multi-use route starts at Penney Crescent (at Torbay Road) and continues west across wetlands, travelling upstream to Major's Path (at Portugal Cove Road).
6. Virginia River (To Windsor Lake) 2.9 kms
Travel northwest from Major's Path to Windsor Lake (a protected municipal water supply). This route passes residential neighbourhoods in Airport Heights and follows an old waterline known since 1812.