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September 18, 2017
CYCLISTS IN NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE JOIN ONTARIO150 CELEBRATE BY BIKE WITH OUTSPOKIN’ SLOW RIDE
OutSpokin’ Slow Ride in Niagara-on-the-Lake one of 15 events along Ontario’s iconic cycling routes for Ontario150 celebration
Niagara-on-the-Lake – In one of 15 community cycling events throughout Ontario, 100 cyclists of all ages enjoyed a slow ride on the Greenbelt Route on the last OutSpokin’ Slow Ride of the season. The 16th such event this year, OutSpokin’ Slow Rides are free, non-competitive group bike rides for riders of all ages and abilities.
The special Ontario150 Slow Ride featured a free bike valet on site and ended with a BBQ hosted by the St. David’s Lions Club. The Slow Ride included a portion of the Greenbelt Route, a 475km signed cycling route recently recognized as an Ontario Trail of Distinction, as well as the Waterfront Trail another 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 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.
"OutSpokin’ Slow Rides are for everyone, and are meant to get people out enjoying recreational cycling in their communities in a free and non-competitive group setting," explained Rob Salewytsch, organizer of OutSpokin’ Slow Rides. “We’ve had fifteen Slow Rides from May 30 to now, and the Ontario150 event caps off a great season of getting folks onto their bikes and into their community.”
Next season, OutSpokin’ plans to expand to other communities in Niagara, including with the launch of weekly rides in St. Catharines.
"The Greenbelt Route is for everyone, and OutSpokin’ Slow Rides are a great way 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 to share a bike ride for cyclists of any age or ability shows anyone can take advantage of the 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