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Apr 2014 PPT w notes revised.pdfChi-Cheemaun Ferry ScheduleManitoulin goal: top cycling destination  Manitoulin Municipalities  Unanimously Support  Paved Shoulders - Hwy 540

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  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.  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

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynn (right) admires the cycling jersey given her by MICA President Maja Mielonen, during her August visit to Manitoulin Island.

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