Cycling News
April 28, 2017 - Some big news for cycling in Ontario!

First: As part of Ontario's 2017 budget, the province will be investing $50 million in commuter cycling infrastructure in 2017-18! This investment is being made as part of the Climate Change Action Plan and is a strong statement in support of building safe, accessible, vibrant and green communities.

Second: Provide your feedback! The Ministry of Transportation has been in the process of identifying a province-wide network of cycling routes in Ontario. From April 12, 2017, the public is invited to submit comments on the draft network, online through the Environmental Registry. We encourage you to review the map of the draft network, via the Environmental Registry www.ebr.gov.on.ca (posting number 013-0190) and the Ministry of Transportation website at www.ontario.ca/cycling and provide your comments on the recommended routes by May 12. If you have any questions about this project you can contact the MTO at CycleONStrategy@ontario.ca or by phone 1-844-637-6464.

July 6, 2016 - Opportunity to advocate for paved shoulders on Highway 118 in Haliburton County

The Ministry of Transportation has engaged consulting firm AECOM to do a design study and Class Environmental Assessment for rehabilitation of Highway 118 from Highway 35 (Carnarvon) to about 13 k east of Haliburton (total of just over 36 km). The Class EA process includes public consultation. This is an opportunity to advocate for this project to include paved shoulders – ideally 1.5 m wide, but at least 1.2m. Paved shoulders would benefit cyclists, and also provide safety benefits for motorists (e.g. reduce run-off-the-road collisions, provide safe space to make emergency manouevers or pull over).

The consultant is presently accepting public comment. Provide your input by sending an email to Al Rose, Senior Project Manager al.rose@aecom.com . Find the full letter here . Several years ago, it was through a similar EA process that paved shoulders got included on a County Road 21 project. Many voices can send a strong message

June 8, 2016: The province released their Climate Change Action Plan . It includes $150 - $225 million over four years for cycling infrastructure, with a focus on getting more people commuting by bike to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Cycling Events

Check here for great cycling events coming up in the Haliburton Highlands and surrounding area this year!