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August 11, 2017
GREAT WATERFRONT TRAIL ADVENTURE ROLLS IN FOR BURLINGTON BIKE FEST AS PART OF ONTARIO 150 CELEBRATE BY BIKE
The Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and Member of Parliament for Burlington and Burlington Deputy Mayor Jack Dennison join Cyclists for Celebration in Spencer Smith Park
Burlington – Cyclists of all ages gathered in Spencer Smith Park on the city’s waterfront for Burlington Bike Fest. Organized by the Burlington Cycling Committee, the City of Burlington, and Burlington Tourism, Bike Fest is an Ontario 150 Celebrate by Bike event – one of fifteen such community cycling events taking place throughout Ontario in summer 2017. Ontario 150 Celebrate by Bike showcases Ontario’s cycling assets including iconic routes– the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail and the Greenbelt Route, and Bike Friendly Communities. Burlington is home to both iconic trails and is one of 39 Bike Friendly communities in Ontario, having achieved a Silver rating from the Share the Road Cycling Coalition.
At 9am, cyclists participating in the annual multi day cycling tour, “The Great Waterfront Trail Adventure” rode into Burlington along with local MPP and Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport Eleanor McMahon and Honorary Tour Directors and Ambassadors. Friday marked Day 6 of the 550 km cycling adventure along the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail. Participants were greeted by local residents and stopped to enjoy the festivities, which included refreshments, cycling giveaways and free bike maintenance courtesy of local bike shops and the Burlington Cycling Committee.
To celebrate the designation of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail and the Greenbelt Route as two of five inaugural, Ontario Trails of Distinction, Minister McMahon, presented Deputy Mayor Jack Dennison, Marlaine Koehler of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, and Burkhard Mausberg of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation with special directional signs for the routes.
“Ontario’s 150th anniversary is a great occasion for people to experience the incredible resources of our province and create long-lasting legacies,” said Eleanor McMahon, Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “Burlington is home to an array of cycling opportunities, and Ontario150 Celebrate by Bike will enable people to connect with their communities by bike, discover new trails and routes, and help to promote cycling as a wonderful part of everyday living.”
“Cycling is a wonderful way to travel around our city and province. We are so fortunate to have beautiful trails and pathways like the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail to enjoy a bike ride. Thank you to the Province of Ontario for supporting the event and bringing communities together through cycling,” said Mayor Rick Goldring, Burlington.
Along with hosting 15 events across Ontario this summer, the Ontario 150 Celebrate by Bike partnership will create best-of itineraries, to ensure a permanent legacy for cycling as part of Ontario 150, embedding Ontario’s passion for cycling in the Ontario 150 celebrations and for the future.
"Burlington Bike Fest brings together cyclists of all ages and abilities, including riders taking part in the 7-day, 550km Great Waterfront Trail Adventure to families out for a community ride on the Burlington’s part of the Trail,” said Marlaine Koehler, Executive Director of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust. “Our community partners have invested 20 years and more to make the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail an iconic experience. The Ontario Trail of Distinction is a wonderful recognition of this collective effort and success. The prestigious designation should help our work to make the Trail widely known and loved’.
Ontario 150 Celebrate By Bike is possible thanks to 20 years of development of legacy cycling products in Ontario, and recognizes the cultural significance of cycling in Ontario. The project is supported by the Government of Ontario.
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About Ontario 150 Celebrate By Bike
Ontario 150 Celebrate By Bike is connecting fifteen communities across Ontario through cycling. Events in Bike Friendly Communities and Ontario By Bike ride destinations take advantage of the iconic Greenbelt Route and Waterfront Trail to strengthen communities and create cycling itineraries as a permanent legacy of Ontario 150. and part of a line-up of celebrations and events marking the 150th anniversary of the province (www.ontario.ca/150). This initiative is a collaborative partnership between the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, Ontario By Bike, and Share the Road Cycling Coalition, building on two decades of investment in cycling infrastructure in Ontario.