New Cycling and Walking Path Opens in the Town of Tecumseh
Province Investing in Local Cycling Projects to Improve Safety and Convenience
Ontario is making it easier for families to get around the Town of Tecumseh, with a new off-road cycling and walking path that connects to other nearby trails and makes commuting safer and more convenient.
The new 3.5 kilometre off-road cycling and walking path connects to the existing Herb Grey Parkway Trail and the Trans Canada Trail. This path is part of the Rotary (1918) Centennial Hub, which officially opened on Saturday, Oct. 14.
Ontario is helping municipalities across the province build new or improve existing cycling infrastructure, including on-road cycling lanes, off-road cycling and walking paths, cycling-specific traffic signals and signs, active transportation bridges and bike racks.
Building more cycling infrastructure increases safety for cyclists and makes cycling more comfortable and appealing for daily commutes and other frequent trips. Investing in cycling infrastructure also helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions across Ontario.
Making it safer and easier to cycle in Ontario is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- The Town of Tecumseh received $325,000 through the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure program, a $10 million cycling infrastructure program that funds 50% of eligible project costs, to a maximum of $325,000.
- #CycleON: Ontario’s Cycling Strategy was announced in 2013 to promote safe cycling and encourage more people to ride their bikes to work, school and recreation destinations.
- About 1.5 million people in Ontario hop on their bikes at least once a week during the spring, summer and fall, and many cycle year-round.
- According to the Canadian Medical Association, a 10 per cent increase in physical activity could reduce direct health care expenditures by $150 million per year.
- In 2014, 1.7 million visitors to Ontario participated in cycling and spent $428 million.
- Ontario has over 80,000 km of trails; the second largest network of trails in Canada. Trails contribute to the economy, benefit the environment and improve health.
“The opening of this high-demand connection is tremendous news for the Town of Tecumseh and all of Essex-County. This new path will now connect you with other cycling trails in this region – making cycling safer and more easily accessible for locals and tourists alike. We are committed to continue working together with our local municipalities and the cycling community to build the infrastructure that will make Ontario a cycling leader in North America.”
Steven Del Duca
“This new path in the Town of Tecumseh will add to Ontario’s extensive cycling and trails network that stretches across the province, connects our communities and offers unique views of our urban and rural landscapes. By building new cycling infrastructure, we are making it easier for people to use their bikes and explore all that Ontario has to offer.”