One-Tank Trip for April 25/15
(c) By Jim Fox
“Ontario: Yours to Discover – By Bike.”
That’s the suggestion and slogan of Ontario By Bike, a project of Transportation Options, a non-profit organization and leader in cycle tourism development.
“Spring has sprung and wheels are in motion as cyclists are keen to get out there on the roads and trails in greater numbers than ever,” said executive director Louisa Mursell.
Seeing the countryside on two wheels by pedal power is a “documented growing phenomena worldwide and in Ontario,” the organization has confirmed.
|Writer Jim Fox enjoying a ride in the Copeland Forest at Horseshoe Valley with Jenna Hunter and Natasha Ilic.|
In the province, 69 percent of cyclists have taken an overnight or day trip in the past two years and the Ontario By Bike Network launched in 2010 is active with 1,000 “bicycle-friendly” locations in 28 regions.
“We were in London and Lambton County in the Sarnia area last week to expand the Ontario By Bike Network to those areas,” Mursell said.
There was “tremendous interest” from businesses looking to become certified as bicycle friendly and reach the growing cycle tourism market, she added.
Later this spring, it will expand to Brant County, North Bay and the Mattawa area.