As part of Ontario's 20-year #CycleON strategy, the province is moving forward with a $25-million investment over three years to create a more cycling-friendly future for the province.
This includes $15 million for cycling routes that provide key connections and linkages on provincial highways, such as paved highway shoulders and barriers on bridges that separate cyclists from vehicles. Early proposals include:
The province has also dedicated $10 million to the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program to help municipalities:
Consultations on the municipal program have concluded and the launch is on track for spring 2015. Work is also underway to identify a province wide network of cycling routes in collaboration with a broad range of cycling stakeholders.
Investing in infrastructure is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
" We know that working with our partners is key to creating a more cycling-friendly Ontario. We’ll continue to engage municipalities, road users, businesses, advocacy groups and non-governmental organizations to make sure we get it right. "
- Steven Del Duca
Minister of Transportation
" Cycling helps to build more healthy, active and prosperous communities as it generates a wide range of health, economic, environmental, social and other benefits."
- Kathryn McGarry
Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation
" We’re pleased to continue our partnership with the province as we share the vision to make Ontario a premier cycling destination in Canada."
- Jamie Stuckless
Executive Director, Share the Road Cycling Coalition
This sold out event includes road support, maps, ride snacks and water, one supper and one lunch, both with live entertainment.
Ride registration also includes free ferry passage (both ways) for all pre-registered walk-on Passage Ride participants coming through Tobermory to Manitoulin between Fri. June 5 and Mon. June 8. Kids under 12 are free. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian.
Manitoulin is the world’s largest fresh water island and is famous for its magnificent vistas, quiet serenity, numerous inland lakes, escarpments and enchanting towns.
MICA recommends that you find lodging in or near Sheguiandah, Manitowaning or Little Current for logistical reasons. Day 1 ends near Sheguiandah at Batman’s Cottages and Day 2 starts at Ten Mile Point near Sheguiandah. Visit our accommodations page to find the providers that offer free luggage shuttle services to and from the ferry. (Please note, not all accommodation providers offer free luggage shuttle services.)
Batman’s Cottages has agreed to store Passage Ride participants’ bikes overnight, and they are willing to transport bikes up to the Ten Mile Point starting area for Sunday morning at no extra cost.