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July 17, 2017
YOUNG CYCLISTS IN CORNWALL JOIN ONTARIO150 CELEBRATE BY BIKE WITH ‘TOUR DE LAMOUREUX PARK’
Children’s Bike Rally one of 15 events along Ontario’s iconic cycling routes for Ontario150 celebration
Cornwall – In one of 15 community cycling events throughout Ontario, the City of Cornwall partnered with the Cornwall Canada 150 Committee, Transition Cornwall and Ontario By Bike to host a children’s bike rally in Lamoureux Park, the ‘Tour de Lamoureux Park’. The bike rally included games, prizes and live entertainment.
Children had the chance to ride on several kilometres of bike paths in Lamoureux Park, as well as along the 2km of the Waterfront Trail that run through the park. Seven pit stops along these trails encouraged children to participate in games and activities, with playing cards for the Poker Run handed out after completing each station. The event included a draw prize and live entertainment with magicians and musicians at the bandshell, as well as bike valet provided by Transition Cornwall and Active Transportation Group.
The event was organized by the City of Cornwall Recreation Department in partnership with the Cornwall Canada 150 Committee and Transition Cornwall, in coordination with the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, Ontario By Bike, and Share the Road Cycling Coalition, as part of Ontario150 celebrations. Ontario150 Celebrate by Bike showcases Ontario’s iconic cycling routes – the Waterfront Trail and the Greenbelt Route. The Waterfront Trail runs through Lamoureux Park.
Along with hosting 15 events across Ontario this summer, the Ontario150 Celebrate by Bike partnership will create 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.
“Getting children onto their bikes to enjoy recreation in Ontario’s parks and trails is part of our Ontario150 Celebrate by Bike program to encourage all Ontarians to enjoy cycling this summer,” said Louise Mursell, Executive Director, Ontario By Bike/Transportation Options.
"The City of Cornwall is committed to encouraging healthy, active transportation and expanding recreational opportunities for cyclists of all ages," said Lorne Taillon, Leisure Arts Coordinator with the City of Cornwall. "The 'Tour de Lamoureux Park' brings residents into our public spaces as we celebrate Ontario150."
"Engaging children in a bike rally in a waterfront park, including on the Waterfront Trail, is a terrific way to teach our young residents that cycling is a fun and safe way to enjoy active recreation," said Marlaine Koehler, Executive Director of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust. “The Waterfront Trail connects Cornwall to communities across Ontario and is an important component of Ontario’s cycling network that we are celebrating for Ontario150.”
“Ontario’s 150th anniversary is an opportunity for people to experience the incredible resources of our province and create long-term legacies,” said 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 promote cycling as a wonderful part of everyday living.”
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 Ontario150 Celebrate By Bike
Ontario150 Celebrate By Bike is connecting 15 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 Ontario150, 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.
Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
416-960-0001 ext 306