FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 25, 2017
HUNDREDS OF CYCLISTS IN LENNOX & ADDINGTON JOIN ONTARIO150 CELEBRATE BY BIKE WITH “DISCOVER RIDE”
“Discover Ride” in Lennox & Addington one of 15 events along Ontario’s iconic cycling routes for Ontario150 celebration
Lennox & Addington – In one of 15 community cycling events throughout Ontario, cyclists participated in a 58km ride through Lennox & Addington County, with stops at farms, wineries and historic sites. The tour started and ended at MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company, with live music and a glass of beer waiting for the cyclists on their return.
With 6 rest stops and a scenic lunch, the ride highlighted County Trails and on-road cycling opportunities in Lennox & Addington County, including the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail, which was recently recognized by the province as an Ontario Trail 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, including the Uxbridge Loop, 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.
“We tried to model this event after researching some popular cycling events that happen in Europe. Starting and ending at a microbrewery is attractive to many participants and the winery and historic site rest stops are a common theme with the European events as well,” said Rob Plumley, Community Development Officer in Lennox & Addington County. “Our event is a great way to highlight some of the unique attributes that Lennox & Addington offers.”
"The Discover L&A Ride highlighted the Lennox Addington Cycling Routes which are an important part of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail," said Marlaine Koehler, Executive Director of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust. “By highlighting historical sites, breweries, cideries, wineries, and local musicians, this event showcases the best there is to enjoy by bike in Lennox & Addington."
“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 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 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.