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Waterloo wins gold at the annual Ontario Bike Summit

Posted on Wednesday April 18, 2018

Getting the gold

(Waterloo, Ont. – April 18, 2018) The City of Waterloo was awarded the gold level Bicycle-Friendly Community designation from the Share the Road Cycling Coalition at their annual Ontario Bike Summit in Toronto. The Share the Road Cycling Coalition is a provincial cycling advocacy organization, with a collective goal of becoming the most bicycle-friendly place to ride a bike in North America. The award was presented April 17, 2018.

Waterloo is the first mid-sized city in Ontario to achieve this gold designation, joining the larger cities of Toronto and Ottawa. There are a total of 42 communities in Ontario that are now recognized as bike-friendly (31 bronze level, eight silver level and three gold), representing 70% of Ontario’s population.

  • Waterloo was recognized for its commitment to designing complete streets and connecting people throughout the community. Some of the initiatives cited include:
  • the strong and growing network of active transportation infrastructure such as the uptown King Street raised bicycle lanes that will be completed this summer;
  • Waterloo’s expansive trail system including upgraded trail crossings making it safer for cyclist to cross busy roads;
  • the integrated high priority active transportation network with a focus on connecting key routes as well as connecting the new ION LRT system to the trail system; and
  • a commitment to cycling education, including the partnership with the Region ofWaterloo and other cities with the Cycling Into the Future Program, a program that aims to nurture a love of cycling for students in grade five, numerous bike groups, community rides and events such as Bike to Work Day.

Since 2009, local municipal governments and other cycling stakeholders from across the province have been gathering together at the Ontario Bike Summit to share best practices, be inspired and show their support for the continued provincial action on cycling and road safety.

Waterloo’s relationship with the Share the Road Coalition goes back to 2012, when the city received the silver level Bicycle-friendly Community designation. Since then, the city with the support of the citizen-based Waterloo Advisory Committee on Active Transportation, has continued to set targets to improve active transportation in Waterloo.

For more information about cycling in Waterloo visit waterloo.ca/cycling.

City of Waterloo media contact:
Janice Works, communications
519-747-8731
janice.works@waterloo.ca

Share the Road Cycling Coalition media contact:
Justin Jones, program manager
905-233-2273, ext. 110
Justin@sharetheroad.ca