The Manitoulin Island Cycling Advocates (MICA) was the recipient of the 2019
Wheels of Change Organization of the Year award
at the two day Share the Road Bike Summit April 1 -2 2019 in Toronto.
MICA’s President Maja Mielonen says that she felt very honoured to receive this award on behalf of the not for profit organization she has presided over since 2010. “It is an honour to get recognition from peer organizations that we have been working with for nearly a decade”
Together we have now successfully connected the cycle world from the north to the south with safe road infrastructure for all road users. MICA’s intense lobby efforts have resulted in safety infrastructure in the form of paved shoulders along Hwy 6 2010, Hwy 551 2015, Hwy 6 Ten Mile Point to Little Current in 2018, Little Current to Honora Bay 2018 and Honora Bay to Kagawong 2019. MICA’s 2012 vision for the 1000 km Georgian Bay Cycle Route concept is now finished signed by The Waterfront Regeneration Trust as part of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail from Parry Sound to Midland to Owen Sound all the way to Espanola and west to Sault St Marie as well as east to Sudbury. Partnering with Destination Northern Ontario and FedNor made erecting 8 Trailhead kiosks along with 60 information signs possible in spring of 2018. The 4th edition of MICA’s beloved Cycle and Road map has sold over 11,000 copies so far and is available on line on our bilingual MICA website www.manitoulincycling.com We have increased the cycle count on the ferry from 1200 in 2012 to well over 5400 cycles counted each year in the past 5 years. Our Manitoulin Passage Ride event draws folks from all over Ontario, Quebec and the USA and our 4 All Inclusive 5 day cycling four night stay at lake side cottages Alvar tours packages are filling up quickly for 2019. Manitoulin is now well known as one of the best Cycling Destinations in Canada. The March 2, 2019 Globe and Mail article called, “Five Provinces, Two Wheels” featured Manitoulin alongside side the company of the well known trails like P’tit train Du North, QC, On and Off The Trail in the Okanagan Valley, BC, The Viking Trail, NL., Prince Edward County, ON, and the Ice Fields Parkway, AB.
It is very good to see our efforts attracting this NEW Cycle Tourism to the Island as they leave no trace other than economic stimuli often in the shoulder season. Seeing so many cyclists along the roadways over the years has resulted in local residents picking up cycling as well. We are very happy to see that more and more children are cycling to school as well. MICA encouraged all Municipalities to include Mobility Plans into their strategic planning that consider the safety for all road users to make the road safe for people between 8-80 years of age. Please join us at MICA’s AGM, Monday May 6, 7;00pm at the CMPS library. Find out how you can make your business cycling friendly and benefit from Cycle Tourism this coming season and many more to come. For more info see www.manitoulincycling.com
GEORGIAN BAY CYCLING ROUTE FEASIBILITY STUDY
12 May 2014 Implementation Plan
Acknowledgements The Georgian Bay Cycling Route (GBCyR) Feasibility Study was made possible by funding from FedNor, the Ontario Government and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
It was administered by the LaCloche Manitoulin Business Assistance Corporation (LAMBAC) & Manitoulin Island Cycling Advocates
and overseen by the GBCyR Steering Committee:
LAMBAC John Foster, Chair; Adam Hayden, Secretary; Manitoulin Island Cycling Advocates, President Maja Mielonen; Peter Ford, Guy Nielen, Regional Tourism Organization 7, Paul Crysler; Regional Tourism Organization 12, Peter Daleman; Sudbury Cyclists Union, Rachelle Niemela, Waterfront Regeneration Trust, Marlaine Koehler; Route Planner, Denis Baldwin.
Spring of 2018 Ribbon cutting of 8 Way finding Trailheads
This Island wide project was possible with funding from FedNor, Destination Northern Ontario and the Manitoulin Island Cycling Advocates.
Assisting thousands of visitors to navigate the largest fresh water Island in the world.
2010 Paved Shoulders on Highway 6
After intense lobby efforts we received a pilot project in fall of 2010 from MTO Minister Kathleen Wynne. Paved Shoulders on Hwy 6, between South Baymouth and Ten Mile Point on Manitoulin Island.
2013 Paved Shoulders on Highway 551, July 13, 2013 Manitoulin Island Cycling Advocates (MICA) received word from Minister of Transportation Glen Murray that their lobbying efforts had once again paid off, as Islanders will see the portion of road connecting Highway 540 at M’Chigeeng to the intersection in downtown Mindemoya at Highway 542 paved (11.8 kilometres) along Highway 551.
2018 Paved Shoulders on Highway 540 Honourable Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca announced that Hwy 540 will receive paved shoulders between Little Current and Kagawong, one of the busiest roads with great vistas over the North Channel
MICA was very happy to hear that our lobby efforts had paid off again. The safety of all road users is now dramatically improved on 3 of 4 provincial Highways on Manitoulin Island.