London Bicycle Festival drew crowds of young and old to support cycling initiatives in Ontario's fifth largest city.
With so much attention on Toronto bike news we thought we'd turn our gaze southwest and see how other, smaller cities are moving forward (often faster) than T.O. with cycling.
London Bicycle Festival
Story and Photos by Molly [Crealock] Miksa
June 26 marked the London Bicycle Festival, put on by the Thames Region Ecological Association (TREA). The event was held at Springbank Gardens, just off London’s beautiful riverside bike path. The festival featured supervised bike parking; face painting and a colouring contest for kids; loads of free information and bike related swag; a Bicycle Fashion Show, bike tune-ups, a water refilling station and more. An enthusiastic group of volunteers were on hand to quiz attendees on their bike knowledge and the rules of the road, and to generally promote cycling and the growing bike community in the Forest City. Notably, there was also a talk by City Councillor Jesse Helmer on London’s new Cycling Master Plan (now in draft form), which the cycling community in London and the group London ON Bikes have been working hard on.
The itinerary involved both fun and informative things for participants.
Volunteers from the Thames Region Ecological Association (TREA).
Overview of London's Cycling Master Plan.
Looks like London has some great cycling initiatives on way. Time to bust out our bikes, hop on a bus and explore beyond the GTA!
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