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Ontario launches cycling tourism strategy

Active Brockville / Alan Medcalf / 24 April 2017

At the recent 9th annual Ontario Bike Summit in Toronto, both Minister of Transportation, Steven Del Duca, and Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Eleanor McMahon, made announcements about province-wide cycling initiatives.

Minister McMahon unveiled Tour by Bike, a tourism strategy that will develop and market Ontario as a cycling destination.

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Leeds-Grenville moves ahead with paved shoulders

Brockville Active Mobility Matters / Alan Medcalf / 04 April 2017

In a unanimous vote today, the Committee of the Whole of the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville passed the following motion:

THAT the Committee of the Whole recommends consideration of paved shoulders in its award of the 2017 County Road 2 contract for the reconstruction of part of the road between Johnstown and Cardinal; and

THAT staff prepare a full financial analysis of paved shoulders in the upcoming update of the Counties’ Asset Management Plan.

If followed through, this would bring Leeds Grenville on par with jurisdictions regionally and further afield who have recognized the cost savings and myriad other benefits of paving shoulders on rural roads.

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2nd major infrastructure grant for Brock Trail/cycling project

Active Brockville / Alan Medcalf / 10 February 2017

Brockville’s project to extend the Brock Trail through the 401 corridor and extend the Trail from Laurier north to Centennial is receiving a $175,000 grant from the federal government.

The grant is part of the Ontario allotment of the $3.4 billion Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF), intended to support transit and active transportation projects. The project received $325,000 under the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program last year (read here).

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Brockville Council backs bike parking corrals

Brockville Active Mobility Matters / Alan Medcalf / 28 January 2017

Brockville City Council carried the first of two motions in a report from staff and the cycling committee, “THAT bicycle parking corrals be added to the Water Street parking lot, Hardy Park, Rotary Park, St. Lawrence Park and Memorial Park”.

This will create permanent locations in the downtown/waterfront area for bicycle parking, better serving residents and visitors, especially during events.

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Uptake in cycling benefits local economies

Active Brockville / Alan Medcalf / 26 November 2016

tdl327cIt’s well established that increases in cycling modal share create a multiplier effect in population health improvements and reduced health care costs. Yet the economic effects don’t seem to be as well accepted, despite quinquennial study updates in places like Québec, published by MTQ and Vélo Québec. It’s good to see other studies from other regions add to that evidence. Here, BBC Research reports on Colorado, where cycling events and tourism add $1.6 billion annually to the state economy. That’s why Bike Friendly Business Areas and paved shoulders are so important in the larger economic picture.

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Downtown recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Business Area

DBIA/Ontario by Bike / 21 November 2016

dbialogoDowntown Brockville is now one of four certified Bicycle Friendly Business Areas in Ontario! The Ontario By Bike Network is a province-wide network of certified bicycle friendly businesses and business areas that collectively enhance Ontario’s cycle tourism sector and growing cycling market. This designation positions downtown Brockville as a hub for the excellent on road cycling and trail riding throughout the city and into the surrounding region.

The Downtown Brockville Business Improvement Area (DBIA), an association of businesses operating within a specific district approved by the City of Brockville, has been working over the past months with Ontario By Bike to meet the minimum criteria for the desigination, including dedicated cycling page on the BIA’s website (www.downtownbrockville.com/cycle-downtown-brockville.php). Meg Plooy, Executive Director of the Downtown Brockville Business Improvement Area states, “With the expansion of the Brock Trail and continued improvements to active transportation infrastructure within our City and Region, DBIA was eager to take the steps to be awarded our Bike Friendly designation and continue to promote Downtown Brockville as an alive and vibrant destination.”

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