Ontario Supports Haliburton Cycling Program
McGuinty Government Helps County Encourage Residents To "Share the Road"
With the help of a grant from the Ontario government, Haliburton County will launch a "Share the Road" campaign to promote commuter cycling and safety among both cyclists and drivers.
The campaign will see "Share the Road" signs along key cycling routes, awareness-raising in the media, and workshops for cyclists across the county. The County will also hold a Commuter Challenge to encourage residents to give biking to work a try.
The County will receive $31,725 for the project through the Ontario Transportation Demand Management Municipal Grant Program. This program was created to support municipal programs that help reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions by making it more attractive to use alternatives to driving alone. Forty-five applications were received for the grants.
Haliburton is one of 13 municipalities across the province to receive funding.
- Ontario's Sport and Physical Activity Strategy encourages Ontarians to look for enjoyable ways to make physical activity a regular part of their daily lives. Walking or cycling instead of driving is a great way to work physical activity into your day!
- Ontarians are using public transit in record numbers. In 2007, we took almost 786 million trips on public transit.
“The McGuinty government is helping municipalities promote greener transportation alternatives in their communities. Haliburton's winning project will help get people out of their cars and onto their bikes, and encourage safety for everyone who shares the road”
“The County is very pleased to receive this funding to improve safety for cyclists and drivers through a Share the Road Campaign and to promote additional cycling opportunities in the County through events such as the Annual Commuter Challenge. We expect the long term impacts of this type of programme will include improved public health through increased physical activity, reduction in short vehicle trips and improved quality of life for our citizens.”