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September 11, 2017
CYCLISTS IN NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY JOIN ONTARIO150 CELEBRATE BY BIKE WITH
“BIKE UP NORTHUMBERLAND”
“Bike Up Northumberland” in Cobourg one of 15 events along Ontario’s iconic cycling routes for Ontario150 celebration
Cobourg – In one of 15 community cycling events throughout Ontario, cyclists of all ages were encouraged to enjoy the Greenbelt Route and the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail while supporting Northumberland County’s two hospitals; the Northumberland Hills Hospital and the Campbellford Memorial Hospital. New this year, with funding support as part of Ontario150 Celebrate By Bike was the free “Get Back on Your Bike” program to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle for residents of all ages.
“Get Back on Your Bike” offered residents a free bike and helmet to borrow and ride on a mini-route with a cycling coach. The event highlighted the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail and the Greenbelt Route, two cycling routes recently recognized by the Province as Ontario Trails of Distinction.
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 Celebration. 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.
"Bike Up Northumberland is always a great opportunity for cyclists to enjoy a ride and support the Cambellford Memorial Hospital and Northumberland Hills Hospital ," explains John Russell, Executive Director of the Campbellford Memorial Hospital Foundation. “This year, the addition of the ‘Get Back on Your Bike’ program opens the event up to cyclists of all abilities, who can enjoy a low-key cycling experience and maybe even gain the confidence to participate in the charity ride next year.”
"The Greenbelt Route is for everyone, and this partnership with Bike Up Northumberland is intended to make it easier for residents to choose healthy, active recreation like cycling in Ontario’s protected Greenbelt," said Susan Murray, Vice President of Communications and Operations at the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. "The chance for new or returning riders to try out a free bike and ride around with a bike coach is a great stepping stone for getting back on your bike and riding on the Greenbelt Route and the other terrific cycling opportunities Ontario has to offer."
“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
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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.
Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
(416) 960-0001 ext 306