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Warden George Cornell proclaims July 14-20 #PedalWeek in Simcoe County

 

Midhurst/July 12, 2019 – In celebration of the County's commitment to cycling and biking as an active mode of transportation and an awesome way to experience Simcoe County, including Ontario's largest municipally-owned forest and the region's renowned road trail network, Warden George Cornell proclaims July 14-20 #PedalWeek.

“#PedalWeek is a great opportunity to celebrate and showcase Simcoe County as the hub of biking and cycling in Ontario," said Warden George Cornell. “We're home to some of the best road cycling and mountain biking in the province and the County is proud to continue to invest in biking infrastructure and programs that promote outdoor activity, foster cycling tourism and provide our residents with world-class recreational opportunities. We encourage you to hop on a bike and celebrate #PedalWeek with us."  

With more than 300 kilometres of multi-use rail trail and more than 1,000 kilometres of mapped on-road cycling routes, Simcoe County has become the mecca for all things biking. From breathtaking scenic cycling routes to exhilarating downhill and cross-country mountain bike trails, Simcoe County is a must-visit destination for biking enthusiasts.

Through the work of Cycle Simcoe, the County is proud to invest in cycling initiatives and to work closely with local partners and area recreational groups, offering our residents and visitors amazing cycling and biking experiences. Celebrations throughout #PedalWeek can be found at cyclesimcoe.ca/pedal-week/ and include:

 #PedalWeek Launch and Cycle Simcoe Awareness
When:​Monday, July 15, 2019
The County of Simcoe is celebrating the start of #PedalWeek with the release of photos, videos and information to showcase our commitment to road and mountain biking initiatives. Check out our Cycle Simcoe site for brand new content and explore all the two-wheeled activities offered in Simcoe County at cyclesimcoe.ca/pedal-week.
   
 Simcoe Cycling Without Age - First Ride Event
When:Tuesday, July 16, 2019 – 2 p.m.
Location:​Sunset Village, 49 Raglan St., Collingwood
Georgian Village, 101 Thompsons Rd, Penetanguishene
The County is pleased to announce the receipt of a grant from the Government of Canada – New Horizons for Seniors Program, to enable the Simcoe Cycling Without Age (SCWA) program to be established at Sunset Village in Collingwood and Georgian Village in Penetanguishene. The SCWA program will include one specialized trio bike per site which will be used to take residents for rides (2 passengers in each with one volunteer pilot) to experience the surrounding Simcoe County trails and connect to their communities while getting outdoors. Join us for our First Ride events at either Sunset Village or Georgian Village at 2:00 p.m.   
   
 Trails Connecting Communities Program
When:​Wednesday, July 17, 2019
The County of Simcoe highlights the impact of our Trails Connecting Communities Program, which has provided more than $1.6 million in funding to local municipalities to assist in the completion of 67 trail and active transportation projects.
   
 Jersey Signing and Kick-off of the Canadian Mountain Bike Championships
at Hardwood Hills
When:Thursday, July 18, 2019 – 10 a.m.
Location: Hardwood Ski and Bike, 402 Old Barrie Rd. W., Oro-Medonte
Peter and Quinton Disera, professional cyclists and brothers, are showing their appreciation to the County of Simcoe for its continued financial support of cycling in Simcoe County, with the presentation of a signed jersey to Warden George Cornell. The Disera brothers will also be performing a mountain biking demonstration. The event kicks off the Canadian Mountain Bike Championships occurring at Hardwood Hills in Oro-Medonte on July 20-21. Since 2013, the County has provided over $50,000 to various biking and cycling events throughout the region, including support for this event.
   
 Warbler Way Trail Opening
When:Friday, July 19, 2019
Location:Simcoe County Museum Parking Lot, 1151 Highway 26, Minesing 

The County is opening a new 3.2 kilometre hard-packed multi-use trail, Warbler Way, which winds through the Simcoe County Museum Tract, including the Forest and Habitat Restoration Area, the future site for the rare and endangered Kirtland's Warbler. The path also provides another connection to the Great Trail and Simcoe County Loop Trail.  Members of the public are invited to visit Warbler Way Trail and experience our green and growing Simcoe County Forests.

 About Cycle Simcoe

In 2013, Tourism Simcoe County, in partnership with Barrie Cycling Club and other key stakeholders, secured $219,000 through an Ontario Trillium Grant to create Cycle Simcoe. Over the past seven years, Tourism Simcoe County, through Cycle Simcoe, has been focused on increasing visitor numbers through the cycling tourism sector. The project has been improving local infrastructure, engaging the business community, publishing cycling route maps and promoting Simcoe County as a first-class cycling destination throughout Ontario and parts of Quebec. For more information on Cycle Simcoe, visit our website at cyclesimcoe.ca.

County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at simcoe.ca.

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 CONTACTS

Chris Hedley
Public Relations Consultant
County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch
705-726-9300 ext. 1030
705-715-7654 (mobile)
Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca

Collin Matanowitsch
Manager, Public Relations
County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch
705-726-9300 ext. 1430
705-734-8386 (mobile)
Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca