Essex named bike friendly community

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Last week, the Town of Essex was the first municipality in Essex County to be named a Bike Friendly Community.

Representatives from the Town received the award at the Share the Road Cycling Coalition’s annual Ontario Bike Summit in Toronto on Monday.

  The Town of Essex was one of three communities to receive bronze designation at the summit.

  The program provides incentives, hands-on assistance and award-recognition for communities that actively support bicycling. Municipalities are judged in five categories, often referred to as the Five “E’s” of being bicycle friendly: Engineering, Education, Enforcement, Encouragement, and Evaluation & Planning.

Share the Road noted the Town’s successes with their ongoing partnership with the County Wide Active Transportation Strategy as well as significant investments in cycle-friendly infrastructure and recreation programming.

  “This award demonstrates what is possible when we work together towards a common goal of providing active transportation opportunities in the community,” said Chris Nepszy, Chief Administrative Officer. “Since day one, Council has supported infrastructure investments and recognized the potential of cycling tourism. This award also recognizes the hard work of our planning and recreation staff, who dedicated time and effort towards making the case for the bronze designation.”  

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