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October 16, 2017
CYCLISTS IN GREATER SUDBURY JOIN ONTARIO150 CELEBRATE BY BIKE WITH COMMUNITY RIDE
Celebrate By Bike in Greater Sudbury - one of 15 events along Ontario’s iconic cycling routes for Ontario150 celebration
Greater Sudbury – In one of 15 community cycling events throughout Ontario, cyclists of all ages enjoyed free, unique rides along the new Lake Huron North Channel Waterfront Trail, a northern addition to the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail. Organized by Rainbow Routes Association and the Sudbury Cyclists Union, the ride showcased the cycling opportunities in Sudbury for riders of all ages and abilities.
Participants chose from a 60km ride from Nairn Centre to Bell Park, a 26km ride from Simon Lake Park to Bell Park, or a 6km family friendly ride from Kelly Lake Rd. to Bell Park. Once at Bell Park, a free BBQ Celebration was catered by Eat Local Sudbury along with live entertainment and free swag, such as bike plates for all participants.
Share the Road Cycling Coalition, in partnership with the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, Ontario By Bike, and the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, 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 Celebrate by Bike Sudbury event showcased the wonderful cycling opportunities in our community, whether you're a long-time cyclist or new to recreational cycling,” said Daniel Barrette, Executive Director of Rainbow Routes Association. “The Junction Creek Waterway Park Trail and Great Lakes Waterfront Trail are important cycling assets for Sudbury, and we're thrilled to be celebrating these trails with this Ontario150 event!"
“The Share the Road Cycling Coalition has been participating in Sudbury's community rides for almost a decade. This year, we're proud to see the work of local partners highlighted as part of the province-wide Celebrate by Bike initiative. This event is putting Sudbury's cycling tourism assets on the map,” said Jamie Stuckless, Executive Director of Share the Road Cycling Coalition.
“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.”
“It is great to have the opportunity to celebrate Ontario’s 150th anniversary with a family bike ride in our community,” says Glenn Thibeault, MPP for Sudbury. “Rainbow Routes and the Sudbury Cyclists Union are important community partners for our government’s investment to continue to improve and expand Ontario’s cycling infrastructure, like the Great Waterfront Trail.”
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.