Our bike-friendly city is home to a growing network of paths and routes that will connect you to lakes, parks, schools and businesses.
Penticton is a unique place, one of just two cities in the world nestled between two lakes. It's this compact geography, combined with great weather for most of the year, which makes cycling an ideal way to move around the community. Also visit our Trails page to scope out your off-road routes.
Important: Please note the Lake-to-Lake Bike Route is not open or usable until the traffic signals are in place. Temporary barriers will be blocking the route until it is complete and safe to use. Watch this page for updates.
Penticton is working on enhancing its cycling network to meet the needs of recreational riders and commuters. The need for a safe and convenient cycling route through the city and connecting the Okanagan and Skaha lakes was first identified in the 2012 Cycling Plan Update and reaffirmed in the draft of the 2019 Official Community Plan. It will be a route that can be enjoyed by cyclists of all ages and abilities.
Construction has now begun on the Lake-to-Lake route. Visit our Bike Route Construction page for updates.
Lock Your Bike
You’re advised to lock your bike frame and both wheels to prevent theft. Invest in a quality u-lock and be sure to register your bike.
Register Your Bike
Residents are encouraged to register their bikes with 529 Garage (also called Project 529) which is a universal bike registration program. It's free to register and open to all bikes - from kids' bikes to mountain and road bikes as well as e-bikes - can register with this system.
You can register online within just a matter of minutes and pick up your decal from Penticton RCMP for a nominal fee. This decal not only deters thieves, but its tamperproof design provides information that helps police easily track down true owner of any registered bike.
Penticton Youth Park – Penticton's skate and BMX park – in Riverside Park on Riverside Drive is a great space for young BMX and mountain bikers to practice and gain confidence in their skills on a variety of bowls, ramps and stairs.
Also check out the Penticton Pump Track, at 1194 Poplar Grove Road (next to the KVR Trail), which features rollers and banked turns for honing your skills.
- Bike Penticton: This non-profit, member-based organization is highly involved in both on and off-road trail design, maintenance and planning. It’s also your source for local riding information.
- Sweet Single Track – South Okanagan Trail Guide: This site has links to over 100 trails in the South Okanagan, including downloadable GPS and Google Earth files (maps, images and trail descriptions). It’s also available in print – at Tourism Penticton and several local businesses.
- Bike Okanagan: An online resource for Okanagan mountain bike trails and bike repair shops.
- Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen: Cycling network trails and interactive maps.
- Strava: This tool is used by cyclists and runners to track their achievements using GPS recordings. After free sign-up, click on the "Explore" tab at the top of the page, enter Penticton BC into the Search area and access several GPS-recorded road or mountain biking routes uploaded by fellow riders.
- Visit Penticton: A variety of maps are available to pick up at the Penticton Visitor Centre.
- Trailforks: Online biking trail database and maps.
Also check out these useful biking resources:
Be safe on the road by following these basic tips compiled from ICBC and the BC Bike Sense Manual.
1. Know and obey the rules of the road. Cyclists have similar rights and responsibilities as people driving vehicles.
2. Wear a helmet and be as visible as possible, using lights and reflectors.
- Wearing an approved bicycle helmet is the law in B.C. and you could be fined for not wearing one. Focus on how it fits: the helmet should sit level on your head (not tilted back) with the front edge one inch or less above your eyebrows to protect your forehead and should be snug.
- B.C. law requires that cyclists use a front white light and a rear red light after dark.
3. Bike safely and predictably.
- Learn your hand signals and use them to indicate to motorists your intention to turn.
- Watch for cars that may open their doors as you are passing by.
- Don’t wear headphones and don’t use your phone.
4. Learn the skills needed to control your bike.
- Don’t hang grocery bags on your handlebars because they can upset the control of your bicycle and prevent you from turning your front wheel to avoid a crash.
- Riding double is only permitted when carrying a child in an approved carrier or when riding on a tandem bicycle.
- Try to keep at least one metre away from parked vehicles.
5. Maintain your bicycle in good working order.
- Ensure your tires are fully pumped and your brakes are working.
- A mirror is a great safety device to see traffic behind you or a riding partner without turning around.
For more bike safety tips, review the BC Cycling Coalition’s Bike Sense Manual.
Be aware that cyclists have similar rights and responsibilities as people driving vehicles. When driving through Penticton, you’ll find numerous bike paths and routes, some of which are shared and others are separated.
Share the Road
Help reduce the chances of a crash by sharing the road safely. Here are some tips compiled from ICBC and other sources.
- Look out for people on bicycles, particularly at intersections.
- Keep a safe distance from cyclists of at least a metre.
- Watch for cyclists’ hand signals indicating their intention to turn.