Belleville recognized for cycling intitiatives
Belleville’s efforts to become more bicycle friendly have resulted in a recognition from a provincial cycling organization.
Share the Road Cycling Coalition, which regularly presents awards to communities they recognize as actively supporting cycling, gave Belleville bronze medal recognition at its annual Ontario Bike Summit in Toronto.
The award judges communities in five categories known as the Five Es of being bicycle friendly: engineering, education, enforcement, encouragement, and evaluation and planning.
Coun. Egerton Boyce, who accepted the award on the city’s behalf, told council Wednesday that of 440 communities in Ontario, only 39 have been recognized with these honours from the coalition.
“Because of council, staff and our partnerships we were able to bring forward a proposal and it was accepted and we received a bronze award,” Boyce said.
“Municipalities like Ottawa and Toronto are gold members but we have entered the field as a bronze medal contender and I know with our strategic plan, our cycling plan in place, I know we are going to see Belleville move up to silver very soon.”
The Bicycle Friendly Communities Program was launched in Ontario in 2010 by Share the Road. The program provides incentives, assistance and recognition to communities that actively support bicycling.
Share the Road is a provincial non-profit organization working to build a bicylcle friendly Ontairo.
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