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Mayor Steve Pellegrini installed the sign on Kettleby Road, King.
Photo by Mark Pavilons
By Mark Pavilons
Cyclists flock to scenic King, enjoying hundreds of kilometres of some of the best cycling routes around.
The 500th Greenbelt Route sign was put up Friday by King Mayor Steve Pellegrini on Kettleby Road just west of Keele Street.
In King, cyclists along the route can experience the small town charm in this scenic area of the Greenbelt. They can pedal along long stretches of smooth roads well-travelled by bicycles as the Route passes the Old Feed Mill and shops that line Main St. in Schomberg. Cyclists can take a break and visit the walking trails in Thornton Bales Conservation Area, on-farm markets at Round The Bend, and enjoy impressive views of the Niagara Escarpment and City of Toronto.
Dozens of municipalities – from Niagara to Northumberland – have been posting signs to their sections of the 475-kilometre route since early spring. They've received support from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and Waterfront Regeneration Trust.
Once complete, 1,050 signs will be posted to guide cyclists through the nearly 2 million acres of the world's largest permanently protected Greenbelt.
The Great Waterfront Trail Adventure's Special Greenbelt Edition takes place from Aug. 16-21. It will help launch this new exciting substantial tourism attraction with a six-day ride through the Greenbelt's plentiful forests, rivers, welcoming towns, and family farms.
“We are delighted to be part of the Greenbelt cycling Route. This milestone supports our promotion of cycling tourism through our Experience King social media campaign,” said Mayor Pellegrini.
“From start to finish, the Greenbelt Route is longer than the distance between Toronto and Ottawa,” said Burkhard Mausberg, CEO, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. “The creation of this Route is the result of years of thorough planning, and strong leadership and vision from our municipal partners across the Greenbelt.”
“The 500th sign posted today is another exciting milestone in the development of the Greenbelt Route,” said Marlaine Koehler, executive director of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust. “With connections to the Waterfront Trail, already well-loved by cycling tourists and enthusiasts, the new Route will help to boost Ontario's reputation as a premier cycling destination.”
Cycling tourism is growing in Ontario, and adds nearly 400 million dollars to the economy. Recognizing the importance of cycling not only to the economy but also to the promotion of healthy, active living, the Ontario government recently declared June Bike Month.
For more information or to register for the Great Waterfront Trail Adventure, visit http://www.waterfronttrail.org.
Excerpt: Cyclists flock to scenic King, enjoying hundreds of kilometres of some of the best cycling routes around. The 500th Greenbelt Route sign was put up Friday by King Mayor Steve Pellegrini on Kettleby Road just west of Keele Street.
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