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Quadracycling is a physical activity that involves riding a pedal-powered, four-wheeled vehicle with two sets of bicycle tires. Quadracycling often has one person at the front who steers and pedals, while other riders sit behind. Quadracycles can be used as a form of rickshaw or pedicab service, or as a form of exercise, transportation, recreation, or sport. Recreationally, cyclists may ride leisurely through trails to sight-see and explore landscape, or ride over a certain distance for exercise. An efficient means of transport, cycling is a popular method of commuting in urban cities in Canada and in many parts of the world

Is this activity known by any other names?

Four-wheeled bicycle; Quadricycle; Quadcycle; Pedal car; Quad

What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

Quadracycling originated in the 1850s in the United States. Its exact origins in Canada are unknown, but quadracycles were used as mail delivery vehicles in Toronto as early as 1901.

Who takes part?

Males and females of diverse ages and ethnocultural backgrounds.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

In Toronto, quadracycling is a novelty activity offered on the Toronto Islands from the spring to the fall.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?

Toronto Island Bicycle Rental

Cultural Significance


Is there anything else we should know?



  • Centre Island
    Toronto Islands
    Toronto, ON M5J 2E9
  • Ward's Island Beach
    Ward's Island
    Toronto, ON M5J
  • Hanlan's Point
    Hanlan's Point (Toronto Islands)
    Toronto, ON M5V 1A1

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