Ontario Investing in Cycling Infrastructure – should help tourism and trails

NEWS RELEASE

Ontario Investing $25 Million in Cycling Infrastructure

Province Supports Safe, Active Transportation

April 1, 2015 8:00 A.M.

Ministry of Transportation

As part of Ontario’s 20-year #CycleON strategy, the province is moving forward with a $25-million investment over three years to create a more cycling-friendly future for the province.

This includes $15 million for cycling routes that provide key connections and linkages on provincial highways, such as paved highway shoulders and barriers on bridges that separate cyclists from vehicles. Early proposals include:

  • Highway 33 west of Kingston (part of the Waterfront Trail)
  • Highway 137 structure over the 1000 Island Parkway (part of the Waterfront Trail)
  • Highway 6 on Manitoulin Island and south of Highway 17 at Espanola (part of the Georgian Bay Cycling Route)
  • Highway 17B and Highway 17 between Sault Ste. Marie and Espanola (part of the Lake Huron North Channel Cycling Route)

The province has also dedicated $10 million to the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program to help municipalities:

  • Expand their local cycling routes
  • Connect with provincial cycling routes
  • Launch pilot projects to make cycling improvements

Consultations on the municipal program have concluded and the launch is on track for spring 2015. Work is also underway to identify a provincewide network of cycling routes in collaboration with a broad range of cycling stakeholders.

Investing in infrastructure is part of the government’s economic plan for Ontario. The four part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.

Quick Facts

  • According to the National Trauma Registry, Ontario has the second-lowest cycling injury rate of all Canadian provinces.
  • Ontario has enhanced the Driver’s Handbook to include information about sharing the road safely with cyclists.
  • Ontario’s public education efforts to promote cycling safety include Cycling Skills, Young Cyclist’s Guide, a partnership with TVOKids targeting children and parents and support for stakeholders to deliver public education resources at the community, regional and provincial level.
  • According to the Canadian Medical Association, a 10 per cent increase in physical activity could reduce direct health-care expenditures by $150 million a year.

Additional Resources

Quotes

Steven Del Duca

“We know that working with our partners is key to creating a more cycling-friendly Ontario. We’ll continue to engage municipalities, road users, businesses, advocacy groups and non-governmental organizations to make sure we get it right.”

Steven Del Duca

Minister of Transportation

Kathryn McGarry

“Cycling helps to build more healthy, active and prosperous communities as it generates a wide range of health, economic, environmental, social and other benefits.”

Kathryn McGarry

Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation

There is some debate in the cycling community that this is a re-commitment to an announcement made in April 2014.

Some Indigenous Peoples are joining us for Trailhead North – welcome!

First Nations want management control of Ogoki Forest

By: Northern Ontario Business staff
Aroland Chief Sonny Gagnon, Chief Elizabeth Atlookan and Marten Falls Interim Chief Bruce Achneepineskum sign Ogoki Forest unity agreement.
Aroland Chief Sonny Gagnon, Chief Elizabeth Atlookan and Marten Falls Interim Chief Bruce Achneepineskum sign Ogoki Forest unity agreement.
The northwestern Ontario First Nations of Aroland, Eabametoong and Marten Falls have signed a forest tenure agreement on the Ogoki Forest in northwestern Ontario.

The three First Nations say they will play “a leading role in forest governance” toward obtaining a long-term forest license for the Ogoki Forest Management Unit.

The communities want take control of forest management planning, harvesting, road construction, silviculture, environmental monitoring, reporting and also establish forest-based First Nations business ventures.

Located 250 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay, the Ogoki Forest is considered part of the traditional land of the communities in providing a place to hunt, fish, trap, and provide medicine.

Link to full article – http://www.northernontariobusiness.com/Industry-News/aboriginal-businesses/2015/03/First-Nations-want-management-control-of-Ogoki-Forest.aspx

Baited traps on recreational trails? – caution needs to be used and postings examined

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The trapper feels he took ‘reasonable precautions’ to protect the public. Well, I strongly disagree.

Last December, a friend and I were walking along a public snowmobile trail on Crown Land just north of Peterborough, Ont., with my two yellow labs. My dog George was killed that day by a baited conibear trap set beside the trail.

Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), through a local Conservation Officer, has investigated the death and informed us by telephone that the investigation is closed; the trapper broke no laws.

I have to ask: How can it be completely legal to put a lethal, baited trap right on a public trail? It was bad enough with my pet. What if I’d been walking with a child?

Link to full article – http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/valerie-strain/baited-trap-dog_b_6961554.html

Sudbury Celebrates “Fire and Ice”

Outdoor gala brings ‘fire and ice’ to Sudbury’s Ramsey Lake

‘This is something in the spirit of northern Ontario, the spirit of Sudbury’

CBC News Posted: Mar 05, 2015 8:05 AM ET Last Updated: Mar 05, 2015 8:05 AM ET

The Fire and Ice Outdoor Gala will take place on Saturday, March 7, on Sudbury's Ramsey Lake.

The Fire and Ice Outdoor Gala will take place on Saturday, March 7, on Sudbury’s Ramsey Lake. Related Stories

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Fire and Ice Outdoor Gala in Sudbury

Sudbury’s Ramsey Lake will be transformed into a winter spectacle this weekend to raise funds for the YWCA Genevra House women’s shelter.

The inaugural Fire and Ice Outdoor Gala will take place near Science North and will feature figure skaters, musicians, horses, an ice bar, and a vintage snowmobile show.

Paul Kusnierczyk

Paul Kusnierczyk is one of the people behind the Fire and Ice Outdoor Gala. (Roger Corriveau/CBC)

“It’s going to be something Sudbury has never seen before,” organizer Paul Kusnierczyk said on CBC Radio’s Morning North. “This is something in the spirit of northern Ontario, the spirit of Sudbury. Embrace the elements.”

Kusnierczyk is one of three real estate agents at Royal LePage who are raising funds for the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation. That foundation will provide the funds to the YWCA Genevra House.

Full article……

We share your sentiment! We love the outdoors as well. Trailhead North

HOMECOLUMNS

If I wasn’t writing this, I’d be in the bush

By: Scott Haddow – True North

 | Mar 12, 2015 – 11:32 AM |
Greater Sudbury is a wonderful region full of lakes, hills, forests, wildlife and rugged splendour. Supplied photo.

Greater Sudbury is a wonderful region full of lakes, hills, forests, wildlife and rugged splendour. Supplied photo.

I was four when I dropped a hook and worm into Big Gull Lake off the end of a dock at my aunt and uncle’s camp.

Soon, a smallmouth bass inhaled the bait and bent the fishing rod. A moment later I was holding the fish up with a big smile on my face. I didn’t realize it then, but the real catch of that day was me.

I was instantly enthralled with fishing and it is also the exact moment my love for everything outdoors began.

Sports store serves outdoor users in region

DOUG LUNNEY

Into the great outdoors

Wilderness Supply celebrates 20 years of bringing people into the wild

Doug Lunney

BY , WINNIPEG SUN

FIRST POSTED: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015 05:46 PM CST | UPDATED: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015 05:53 PM CST

Rick Shone is the owner of Wilderness Supply Co. celebrating 20 years in business this month.
Rick Shone is the owner of Wilderness Supply Co., celebrating 20 years in business this year.

It’s not an exaggeration to say it was a life-altering moment when Rick Shone first entered the Wilderness Supply store on Ferry Road as a customer in 2000.

A year later, Shone joined the store as a part-time summer employee, then he met and began dating Elysia Sjoberg, the daughter of Wilderness Supply’s owners, Frank and Jan Sjoberg.

Shone and Elysia eventually married and in 2009 he took over the business from his in-laws. Memories from those early days have Shone feeling nostalgic this year as Wilderness Supply celebrates its 20-year anniversary.

“When they opened in 1995, the store was probably less than 1,000 square feet and it was just jam-packed with canoes,” Shone recalled from the store, which has long since doubled in size by taking over a neighbouring tenant.

Like any small business owners, the Sjobergs took a risk when they turned their love of camping, paddling, and hiking into a full-time venture, but their success resulted in the expansion of two more stores in Thunder Bay, Ont., in 2004 and a second Winnipeg location in 2012 on Speers Road, just off Lagimodiere Boulevard.

Boasting “the largest selection of canoes, kayaks and SUPs (Stand Up Paddle boards) anywhere in central Canada,” finding enough floor space continues to be a challenge 20 years later.

Full Article…..

Hub Trail went to council March 6th – any updates?

Hub Trail animation project moving forward

By Elaine Della-Mattia, Sault Star

Fort Creek Bridge on the Hub Trail

Fort Creek Bridge on the Hub Trail

A plan to animate the John Rowswell Hub Trail will be presented to city council Monday night.

The presentation comes with a funding request of $28,325 from the economic diversification fund.

The funding request is just a small part of the entire project cost of $238,550.

Other funding partners include the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s contribution of $92,700, and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp. internship program contribution of $70,875.

The project is expected to create almost 11 full-time equivalent jobs over a two-year period and create spin offs in other employment in the tourism and service sectors.

Full article here

Get outdoors – trail groups have said this for years!!

Sudbury Accent: ‘Kids need to get outdoors’

Mary Katherine Keown

By Mary Katherine Keown, The Sudbury Star

Gino Donato/The Sudbury Star
Four-year-old Logan Anderson tobbogans at Robinson Playground.

Gino Donato/The Sudbury Star Four-year-old Logan Anderson tobbogans at Robinson Playground.

At six-years-old, Kiersten Anderson simply likes the feel of the wind on her cheeks as she swoops down a hill on an oversized inner tube.

“The tubes go really fast and it’s really fun, (especially) when you jump off,” the little adrenaline junkie says. She admits she has taken a couple of tumbles and has hit her head once, but says it only hurt for a couple of minutes.

Kiersten’s father, Wes, takes a more measured approach to the perennial childhood past-time.

“Wear comfortable apparel and dress appropriately — nice puffy toques,” he says. “The sliding gear is also important.”

The Star caught up with the mini speedster on Wednesday at Robinson Park. Kiersten, her four-year-old brother and her father, as well as a couple of friends, were out taking their chances on the playground’s small hill. Despite the damp cold — the kind that settles in the bones — they were happy to show off for the camera.

Full article…….