Check it out - Region of Waterloo releases local 2021 Bike Map

By: Kw Now Local News
| Published 03/05/2021

The map showcases all bike infrastructure in Waterloo Region
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Region of Waterloo releases local 2021 Bike Map

'Get ready to explore.Two wheels keep on rolling around the Region.'

Waterloo Region - The Region of Waterloo and Explore Waterloo Region are excited to announce the release of the 2021 Bike Map.

This map showcases all bike infrastructure in Waterloo Region and includes route suggestions and points of interest. It highlights public art, scenic historic bridges, the Hydrocut trails (a premier mountain bike destination) and Ontario by Bike’s bike-friendly businesses.

“We recognize that residents are looking for more cycling resources, especially since the pandemic began,” said Geoff Lorentz, Waterloo Region Councillor and member of the Region’s Active Transportation Advisory Committee (ATAC). “We want people to understand where they can go and what they can see and do in their own community.”

The online version of the map is on the Region’s cycling webpage and Explore Waterloo Region’s bike tourism page. An online feedback form is also available on the Region’s site to submit ideas for future versions of the map.

Printed copies of the map are free and will be available this spring. In partnership with Explore Waterloo Region, maps will be available at Ontario by Bike’s local Bike-Friendly Businesses and bike shops. “One of the goals of this year’s bike map is to help promote the “Support Local” campaigns launched by both Explore Waterloo Region and Destination Ontario,” said Tom Galloway, Regional Councillor and Chair, Planning and Works standing committee.

“Visiting local shops and restaurants can make a bike trip more fun and interesting,” said Karl Kiefer, Waterloo Region Councillor and fellow member of ATAC. “Now more than ever we want to encourage residents to stop by local businesses and attractions when restrictions are lifted, pick up a map, and shop around.” Explore Waterloo Region is a non-profit organization responsible for marketing Waterloo Region as a tourism destination for the Region of Waterloo and its seven member municipalities.

Ontario by Bike is one of the major programs of Transportation Options, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering sustainable transportation and tourism initiatives in Ontario. Ontario by Bike is partly funded by the Province of Ontario with the goal of positioning Ontario as a premier destination for cycle tourism. For information on local Bike-Friendly Businesses and how they are certified, visit www.ontariobybike.ca.

Destination Ontario, an agency of the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, launched the "Support Local" campaign (#DiscoverON). The campaign is designed to instill a sense of pride of place and encourage people to safely be a tourist in their own communities.