CHEAP SEATS: Belleville is on the right path on cycling
When it comes to being bicycle friendly, Belleville seems to be going a long way very quickly.
Last week, the city’s efforts to become more bicycle friendly 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.
While Belleville is still at bronze, it is worth nothing that of 440 communities in Ontario, only 39 have been recognized with any honours from the coalition. And no one has yet reached platinum.
So Belleville isn’t the only municipality with a ways to go to being the ideal bicycling community.
But for a city that two years ago didn’t have a dedicated bike lane, and which practically rammed through a proposed one on Bridge Street only three years ago, Belleville has come a long way.
It still has miles to go, but it’s clearly on the right path.
I’m Bill Glisky and that’s the way I see things From the Cheap Seats
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