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October 16, 2017
CYCLISTS IN ESSEX COUNTY JOIN ONTARIO150 CELEBRATE BY BIKE WITH A FALL HARVEST RIDE
Fall Harvest Ride in Essex County one of 15 events along Ontario’s iconic cycling routes for Ontario150 celebration
Essex County – In one of 15 community cycling events throughout Ontario, cyclists of all ages enjoyed a free, guided fall bike ride through national, provincial and local trails, including the Trail of Distinction - the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail of Essex County. Coinciding with this celebration is the grand opening of the Rotary (1918) Centennial Hub. This new hub is significant to this region as it connects cyclists to many major trail systems like the Herb Gray Parkway, the Trans Canada Trail (aka Great Trail), the CWATS network and local trail systems.
Organized by the County Wide Active Transportation System (CWATS), the Fall Harvest Ride provided an opportunity to give thanks to the land and the cycling opportunities in Essex County, particularly the progress made over the last 5 years through major investments in cycling infrastructure and outreach. Along with enjoying the fall colours, riders partook in local flavours, giveaways, and prizes too.
The Waterfront Regeneration Trust, in partnership with the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, Ontario By Bike, and Share the Road Cycling Coalition, supported the event as part of the Ontario150 program. Ontario150 Celebrate by Bike showcases Ontario’s iconic cycling routes – the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail and the Greenbelt Route.
Along with hosting 15 events across Ontario this summer, the partnership has launched best-of itineraries to ensure a permanent legacy for cycling as part of Ontario150, embedding Ontario’s passion for cycling in the Ontario150 celebrations and for the future.
“The County of Essex is thrilled to celebrate the alignment of 150 km of mostly off-road trail that connects all communities in our region to the Great Trail (aka Trans Canada Trail) with the Ontario150 Celebrate by Bike program,” said Jane Mustac, Manager of Transportation Planning and Development from the County of Essex. “This Fall Harvest Ride event connects people of all ages and abilities to our local CWATS network, the Great Waterfront Trail, and the Great Trail making use of the newly built trails while enjoying the colours and flavours of the season!”
"The Fall Harvest Ride highlighted the advances in cycling opportunities in Essex County which is an important part of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail," said Marlaine Koehler, Executive Director of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust. “There is so much to enjoy by bike in Essex County and this ride provides cyclists of all ages and abilities to take advantage of those opportunities."
“Ontario’s 150th anniversary is an opportunity for people to experience the incredible resources of our province and create long-term legacies,” says Eleanor McMahon, Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “Ontario150 Celebrate by Bike will enable people to connect with their communities by bike, discover new trails and routes and will help to promote cycling as a wonderful part of everyday living.”
Ontario150 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. www.OntariobyBike/150 and www.ontario.ca/150 #Ontario150
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About Ontario150 Celebrate By Bike
Ontario150 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 Great Lakes Waterfront Trail to strengthen communities and create cycling itineraries as a permanent legacy of Ontario150. 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.