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September 25, 2017
CYCLISTS IN UXBRIDGE JOIN ONTARIO150 CELEBRATE BY BIKE WITH “UxCyCle” EVENT LAUNCHING NEW CYCLING LOOPS
“UxCyCle” in Uxbridge one of 15 events along Ontario’s iconic cycling routes for Ontario150 celebration
Uxbridge – In one of 15 community cycling events throughout Ontario, cyclists of all ages were encouraged to enjoy live music and a celebratory bike ride for the opening of the new Uxbridge Loop. Festivities included family friendly entertainment and local food with an on-site farmers’ market, along with 3 group rides for any age and ability.
Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor and Councillor Dave Barton joined nearly 200 cyclists at the event, speaking to the crowd about the importance of supporting cycling infrastructure in Uxbridge.
Riders chose from a 4km Family Fun Route, a 25km Scenic Loop, or the full 55km Uxbridge Loop, all of which left from The Second Wedge Brewing Co. The loops included a ride along the Greenbelt Route, recently recognized by the Province as an Ontario Trail of Distinction.
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, in partnership with the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, 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.
“UxCyCle started as an event to promote safe cycling in the beautiful Uxbridge area which enjoys some of the best cycling in Canada,” said Sorrelle Golomb, one of the event organizers. “We want to encourage people to visit the Uxbridge area and enjoy all it has to offer, especially the spectacular cycling.”
"Uxbridge is not only a fantastic ride location for local residents, it is also a ride destination and base for the growing number of cyclists looking to hop on their bikes and explore more of Ontario on two wheels" stated Louisa Mursell, Executive Director, Ontario By Bike/Transportation Options. "With this event having celebrated local ride routes and bicycle friendly businesses in Uxbridge to both family riders and also the more experienced road riders, Uxbridge is sure to see more cyclists on roads and trails in the area over the coming years."
"The UxCyCle event showcases the range of cycling options residents can choose from to get active at the pace that’s the most comfortable for them," said Susan Murray, Vice President of Communications and Operations at the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. “By bringing in a farmers’ market, launching from a local brewery and featuring a ride on the Greenbelt Route, UxCyCle touches on many of the ways to enjoy what the Greenbelt 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 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.