Trails & Cycling

Niagara Falls is one of the most exciting cycling destinations in Ontario. The rolling landscape of the Region and breathtaking natural wonders provide a unique experience for enthusiasts or amateurs. From road courses to scenic trails, seeing Niagara on two wheels is not only great exercise but a memorable adventure.

Folks & Spokes

30 days of cycling, bike safety, and healthy competition (with prizes!)

Congratulations to all who participated and especially our top 3:

  1. Big.E.Langston (288 km, 499 total points)
  2. BlackHelmet905 (209 km, 436 total points)
  3. Evunia (206 km, 308 total points)

Brought to you by The Park in the City Committee, Folks & Spokes challenges you to ride as many kilometres as you can this September, reduce your carbon footprint by choosing your bike over your car more often, brush up on bike safety, and explore Niagara Falls trails and bike routes. We’ll be posting signs on select bike routes throughout the City and sharing more tips on social to raise awareness among all residents: cyclists, drivers, and pedestrians.

Get on your bikes and ride!

First, look up Folks & Spokes (game code epp336) on the free GooseChase app (download on the App Store or get it on Google Play) and set yourself up with a cool username. Then get your bike ready and give your bike shorts a satisfying snap! The competition starts September 1 but an advance bonus mission is already waiting for you and your friends. You can earn unlimited bonus points and possibly win one of four bike safety prize packs from Heart Niagara (including a helmet, bell and set of lights).

Kids! If you’re under 16, ask your parent/guardian for permission to enter the competition and to set up a GooseChase account. You must wear a proper bike helmet while riding and follow all the rules of the roadParents, if your children are not ready to ride on city streets or use our broad trail network, you can still join the competition and let them develop their cycling and bike safety skills on the paved, closed-loop trails at several of our parks, under your supervision. Many of these parks also offer free parking. Need help finding one near you? Check out our Summer Fun Activity Map or send us an email.

Winners & Prizes

The top three cyclists will be decided by the number of points earned throughout the competition. Points will be awarded for each kilometre traveled by bike throughout the competition and will also be awarded for completing bonus missions about bike safety and the City's cycling infrastructure. First place wins $100, second place wins $75 and third place wins $50 (see Official Rules below).

Bonus Prize Winners: Heart Niagara Bike Safety Prize Pack

Congratulations! Thanks for inviting your friends to join the competition. Please check your GooseChase messages and email us to claim your prize by Monday, Sep 13.

1. acg1959

2. meggyh

3. Muriah

Folks & Spokes Official Rules (updated Aug 31)

No purchase necessary. The Folks & Spokes competition (“the competition”) is organized by the City of Niagara Falls (“the City”, “contest organizer”).

Participants must follow all current provincial and public health guidelines and the Highway Traffic Act while participating in the missions. Helmets are mandatory.

Eligibility

This contest is open only to residents of Niagara Falls, ON, Canada.  One entry per person. Entrants under the age of 14 must have permission from, and be supervised by, their parent/guardian.

Contest Period

Missions must be completed by September 30, 2021 at midnight (11:59 p.m. EST).

GooseChase App

Participants can join the competition through the free GooseChase app which is available for both Apple and Android mobile devices.

Photo & Video Submissions

Any photo or video content submitted as part of the Folks & Spokes competition, including photos and videos uploaded on the GooseChase app, may be used to promote the Folks & Spokes competition by the City throughout the contest period and at any time on our social media channels, including our website and e-newsletters. This content may also be shared publicly in the app during and after the competition.

Points

Points will be awarded per mission completed as indicated in the GooseChase app. Any discrepancy will be resolved by the City at our sole discretion.

Bonus points may be awarded as well, at the sole discretion of the City.

Winner Selection 

The top three (3) scorers will win a gift card from a local business of their choice. First place $100.00, Second $75.00, Third $50.00. In the event of tie, the prize pool may be split at the discretion of the City. Winning entrants may choose from any business registered on the City of Niagara Falls Support Local website and which provides gift certificates. The City cannot provide gift certificates for restricted goods or services including firearms, fireworks, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, vaping supplies, etc. at our sole discretion. One prize per entry. No cash value.

Bonus Prizes

Bonus prizes may be added and will be awarded as set out in the missions on the GooseChase app.

If additional game wide (not mission specific) prizes should be added, a random draw will be executed by the City for these prizes, in Niagara Falls, ON, from all eligible entries received. The odds of winning a prize will depend upon the total number of eligible entries. Eligible entries are those that have fulfilled the missions as set out in the GooseChase app.

Winners will be posted on this webpage on or before October 7, 2021. Prize winners will also be notified via the GooseChase app. The City will attempt to contact winners up to 3 times, over 2 business days, but if prizes remain unclaimed after that time, they will be considered forfeit. By entering this contest entrants automatically agree to accept and abide by these general rules.

Limitations of Liability

By entering this contest, you agree to be bound by these general rules and regulations. The rules will be posted at all times on this website. If, for any reason, the competition or any part of it is not capable of running as planned, The Corporation of the City of Niagara Falls reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the competition. Except as expressly warranted herein, the Prizes are provided to winners as is without further warranty of any kind.

Sponsorships

At the sole discretion of the City, local businesses/organizations may be selected for free sponsorship opportunities as part of the competition. Selected sponsors will be invited to create a mission to be included in the competition via the GooseChase app. The City will have sole access to the app. The City may alter or remove any challenge at any time at their sole discretion. The City may also add or adjust points awarded at their sole discretion. The City will not share any personal or identifying information collected from individuals during the competition, except that which the players share publicly as part of the game play (photos, videos, usernames).


Cycling Laws, Safety & Skills

More information on cycling laws in Ontario (for cyclists and drivers) visit the Ministry of Transportation.

Bike Train

Looking to experience more of Ontario? Then bring your bike with you on the Bike Train, and see the beauty that is Ontario firsthand.

Cycling Routes across Niagara

Are you travelling to Niagara Falls and are looking for some great cycling routes?  Niagara is a premier destination to view some of the world’s most beautiful scenery while cycling.

Trail and Bikeway Links

Search the Trails Database to view information on the trails in Niagara Falls along with links to location maps.  Hardcopy maps are also available at the MacBain Community Centre.

Related Links

Clubs and Teams

Hiking & Biking