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York Region planning better Bike Network

From YorkRegion.com

It should be easier for you to get on your bicycle and pedal around York Region, starting with the release of the first regional cycling map this spring.

A $154,000 provincial grant, aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles, will help fund a map that will identify bicycle lanes, routes, trails, paved road shoulders and community facilities.

The planning committee approved $500,000 to improve cycling trails in Vaughan and Newmarket.

As part of a partnership program with York’s nine municipalities, the region pays half of eligible costs of pedestrian and cycling projects.

Newmarket sought a little more than $400,000 to construct a three-metre-wide paved, lit trail connecting the Tom Taylor Trail on either side of Davis Drive to the Newmarket Youth Centre and sidewalks.

Vaughan requested $110,050 to create new bicycle lanes and signage as part of the city’s pedestrian and cycling plan.

A conceptual map shows the path coming down through the centre of the region, around the Don River corridor. Connections to the Rouge and Humber valleys could come later.

Pre-existing trails, such as the Tom Taylor and Nokiidaa trails, are expected to form the core of the complete system.

Read the full article at YorkRegion.com – Towns pave way for cyclists

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