March 24, 2011
Media Release

The Regional Municipality of York develops cycling map

York Region provides cyclists with routes, rules and safety tips
NEWMARKET -  The Regional Municipality of York has developed its first Regional cycling map, identifying existing regional and local bicycle lanes, boulevard paths, signed bicycle routes, multi-use trails and paved road shoulders.  It also provides descriptions of typical bicycle signs, rules of the road for cyclists and important safety tips.
 
“York Region encourages cycling as an alternative mode of transportation,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  “Fewer cars on the road mean less traffic congestion and fewer emissions, which is good for our health, not to mention the additional benefits that an active lifestyle, including cycling, can bring.”
 
The intent of the map is to encourage people to take up cycling.  The map also provides residents of York Region with trail information and safe cycling practices that can help to make their experiences more enjoyable.
 
“The new Regional cycling map gives cyclists the ability to plan their preferred routes to work, school, shopping or to simply explore the Region,” said Town of Newmarket Regional Councillor John Taylor, Chair of the Region's Planning and Economic Development Committee.  “This is an important resource to encourage residents to cycle and to enjoy recreational opportunities that are available right here in York Region.”
 
A Regional cycling map is one of the key outreach components of the York Region Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan.  It is a joint effort between York Region, the nine local municipalities and Conservation Authorities and was funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport.
 
An electronic version of this map can be found at http://maps.york.ca/yorkexplorer/pdf/2011_CyclingMap.pdf.  An interactive version of this map will soon be available.  Hardcopies of the map can be found at area municipal offices, libraries, Chambers of Commerce and community centres in April.  You may also contact Yvonne Kaczor in the Planning and Development Services Department at 905-830-4444, Ext. 5051 or email Yvonne.kaczor@york.ca for a printed version of the Regional cycling map.
 
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca
 
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Media Contact: Maria Schembri, Corporate Communications, York Region
Phone: 905-830-4444, Ext. 1207 
Email: maria.schembri@york.ca

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