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
[top photo by BikingToronto of some bikelanes in a subdivision in Aurora]