GREENBELT ROUTE TRAILHEAD SIGN UNVEILED IN COBOURG
Sign Signals Start & Finish of 475 Kilometres of Pedaling Adventures
A 1.5 metre by 1.1 metre Greenbelt Route trailhead sign was unveiled outside of the Cobourg Marina today.
One of five trailhead signs being posted along the new Greenbelt Route, the Cobourg trailhead sign at the Cobourg Marina displays a map of the 475-km route, along with suggested stops for cyclists, including the Aderville Indian Craft Shop and Alderville First Nation Black Oak Savanna Ecology Centre, Peter’s Woods Nature Reserve in Alnwick/Haldimand, and downtown Port Hope. With colourful photos and maps, the trailhead sign also shows over 50 local points of interest, including bike shops, museums, art galleries, campsites, conservation areas, natural features, and public transit hubs.
With support from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and Waterfront Regeneration Trust, 27 municipalities—from Niagara to Northumberland—have been posting directional signs to their sections of the 475 km cycling route since spring. Once complete, 1,050 directional signs will be posted to guide cyclists through the nearly 2 million acres of the world’s largest permanently protected Greenbelt and connect to existing trails, such as the Waterfront Trail.
In four days, the Great Waterfront Trail Adventure’s Greenbelt Edition will help launch this new exciting substantial tourism attraction with a six-day (Aug. 16 - 21, 2015) ride through the Greenbelt’s plentiful forests, rivers, welcoming towns, and family farms.
"Cyclists will soon have these new signs to guide them through one of the most significant bike routes in North America,” said Lou Rinaldi, Member of Provincial Parliament, Northumberland—Quinte West. “I’m pleased that Northumberland is now connected to almost 500 kilometres of the best biking routes in the province.”
"As a cyclist myself, I wholeheartedly embrace the over 475 kilometres worth of cycling available throughout the Greenbelt Route," remarked Mayor Gil Brocanier, Town of Cobourg. "From Niagara to our very own Northumberland County the Greenbelt Route will help promote our communities commitment to physical health and well-being."
“The unveiling of this sign brings us one step closer to launching this exciting tourist attraction,” said Burkhard Mausberg, CEO, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. “The Greenbelt Route will provide a boost to the province’s tourism sector bringing cyclists of all ages and abilities to Cobourg and many other communities across the Greenbelt.”
“This new route together with the Waterfront Trail opens up thousands of kilometers of beautiful cycling experiences and cements Ontario’s reputation as a world-class cycling destination,” said Vicki Barron, Director of Regeneration Initiatives, Waterfront Regeneration Trust. “Already, cycling tourism brings millions of dollars to Ontario’s economy, and with the addition of the Greenbelt Route, we are going to see more revenue pouring into the province.”
About the Greenbelt:
Ontario’s Greenbelt is the solution for fresh air, clean water, healthy local food, and a thriving economy with good jobs. At nearly 2 million acres, it’s the world’s largest permanently protected greenbelt, keeping our farmlands, forests, and wetlands safe and sustainable. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation works to help keep farmers successful, strengthen local economies, and protect natural features. Join us in 2015 as we celebrate 10 years of success for the Greenbelt! Learn more at: greenbelt.ca or find us on Twitter and Facebook.