It’s Spring, and with Spring comes the annual round of Bike Summits to rejuvenate and re-stoke our interest in working for public roads that better serve the needs of the general public.
All of the summits draw elected representatives, professionals, advocates and other interested parties from public works, transportation, planning, consulting, economic development, education, tourism, recreation and other disciplines together.
“Ontario’s 150th anniversary is an opportunity for people to come together and to experience the incredible resources our province offers,” says Eleanor McMahon, Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “Ontario 150: Celebrate by Bike will showcase incredible cycling opportunities and enable people of all ages to connect with their
communities by bike.”
There are three parts to this celebration, including signature events in 15 communities, new online guides to routes, events and resources, and a new cycling education program for 4,000 10 year olds, in partnership with the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Foundation. See the media release below.
Cycle tourism is the fastest growing segment in Ontario, one that’s seeing development and investment in almost all regions. To get a sense of that and see the extensive opportunities available, check out the April newsletter from Ontario By Bike. See the newsletter here.
This year’s ‘School Mountain Bike Challenge’ will be held Friday May 19th. Over the 12 years of this annual event, it has demonstrated to be safe and fun for students as well as an inspiration for many. Why should a student attend this particular event? The Mountain Bike Challenge offers kids a chance to try a new activity – or challenge friends to try it with them. It is perfect for a fun or first mountain biking experience. It is not about results or winning, it is about doing the challenge. The event has both individual events as well as an optional team event.
The event is held at Limerick Forest, north of Prescott on a course thta’s beginner-friendly and fun for all, yet has challenge for more seasoned riders. Students as young as 5 have participated.
Since the event has independent insurance a student does not require official school participation to attend. Many teachers who bring students do not ride themselves, yet they do enjoy introducing their students to this healthy activity. The volunteers who run the event do not profit from it.
Check out the latest newsletter from Ontario By Bike – your best source of information on the cycle tourism scene, for those looking to discover Ontario in an up-close way, as well as those looking to benefit from the most rapidly growing tourism activity.
This month’s edition features Waterloo Region, Windsor/Essex County/Pelee Island (where the annual Great Waterfront Trail Adventure is currently underway), the Rideau Heritage Route and more.