MICA is very pleased to see unanimous Municipal support for paved shoulders on HWY 540 as it will receive resurfacing between 2016-18. Paved shoulders dramatically increase the safety of all road users and are making the new 1 metre passing law a lot easier for all our automobiles, big trucks and tandem trailers. MICA has forwarded all municipal resolutions to the Minister of Transportation Ontario (MTO).
NOW we ASK YOU to support our Lobby efforts and send your support for paved shoulders on Hwy 540 to: Hon Steven Del Duca, Ministry of Transportation, 3rd Floor, Ferguson Block, 77 Wellesley Street West Toronto, Ontario M7A 1Z8, or go to www.manitoulincycling.com Click on the link “Paved shoulder Hwy 540” and send the prepared letter directly to the Minister of Transportation, CC to our Provincial supporter, MPP Michael Mantha, our Federal supporter, MP Carol Hughes and MICA.
Paved shoulders improve the safety of all road users and make passing a cyclist easier. They also enhance the longevity of the road by five years. On Manitoulin Island they have brought ever increasing tourism since 2012, with some accommodations reporting up to 20% of their annual income due to cycle tourism in 2014 & 2015.
Municipalities have passed resolutions expressing the desire to make Manitoulin a top cycling destination, as they have witnessed the direct, positive impact these road safety improvements have brought to Manitoulin along hwy Hwy 6 and recently on Hwy 551. Cycling with a road bike is favoured by most of our visitors, which is another good reason to support Manitoulin’s lobby efforts for paved shoulders on Hwy 540, as they increase the safety and overall satisfaction of our visitors tremendously.
Nearly 8000 copies of “Manitoulin Island & LaCloche Mountains Cycling Routes & Road Map” have been sold. The third edition will see an addition of over 27 km of new mountain bike trails, a summer activity enjoyed by many of our visitors. Did you know that Manitoulin and the La Cloche area offer well over 800km of cycling loops enjoyed by visitors and locals alike? With excellent hill training through the La Cloche Mountains, quiet flat paved country roads for roadies and off road trails, our visitors stay an average of 6.5 days on Manitoulin. That is a few days longer than any other visitor segment. MICA is happy to inform you, that our volunteers will be representing Manitoulin again at the three day Toronto International Bicycle Show in early March, 2016. The Ferry, the Expositor and many Municipalities continue to support MICA in this effort. Last year we distributed over 1500 copies of “This is Manitoulin” stuffed with promo material. The ferry walk-on cycle count was up over 14.5% and the overall count is up with 5186 cycles counted. Last year’s Manitoulin Passage ride attracted 240 riders and our preparations are well on the way for the 6th Manitoulin Passage Ride, June 4&5, 2016. We are expecting over 300 participants. If you’re an accommodation provider wishing to advertise on MICA’s website, please contact us at 705 377 4471. firstname.lastname@example.org Remember to lobby for paved shoulders on HWY 540.
Cycle Manitoulin - Discover more than 800km of gorgeous cycle routes - 2 mountain bike parks - more than 35km off road trails
Welcome to great riding on Manitoulin Island, where we mix great food, good music, camaraderie and long lasting friendships right into our two-day fully-supported ride. Registration Fee includes one great locally prepared supper, music and dance Saturday night and one lunch with live music on Sunday. Mechanical support and road side snacks. Insurance and FREE FERRY.
Partnership with MS Chi-Cheemaun provides Free Passage to and from South Baymouth for all registered Participants and your cycle (not your car), from Friday June 3 through to Monday June 6. Cars can be parked free for the weekend at the ferry dock in Tobermory and South Baymouth - be sure to lock your car! For questions & reservations on the MS Chi-Cheemaun if you want to take your car over PLEASE WAIT TILL FEBRUARY, no reservations needed if you walk on with your cycle, MICA is taking care of that. All you will need to do is register with your Ride-number at the terminal as you arrive in Tobermory.
We recommend that you stay as near to Mindemoya as possible, as the first day of the Ride ends in Mindemoya and day 2 starts there.
Many accommodation providers partner with MICA on the Passage Ride and offer free luggage shuttle for their clients participating on this Ride, from the ferry dock to your chosen place and back to the ferry at the end of the Ride.
Cycle Storage near the ferry is also available if needed. Please call Brian Willoughby at 705 859 3874.
When we have received payment for your registration, you will receive an email confirmation which will assign a rider number for each person you are paying for. Children 10 and under are free but you must fill out a registration form for them as well. You will get free ferry passage by identifying yourself with this number at the Ferry Terminal, before boarding. You will also be added to an email list which will provide updates and answer questions.
If you cancel your registration before May 15, we will refund the amount you paid minus $15. No refund after 15 May 2016(If you have to cancel after that, you may be able to sell your rider number to someone else who has not yet registered. Please inform MICA about the change and ask that person to fill out a registration form indicating such change, as the ferry will need all the right names corresponding to the issued numbers).