Media Release: Town of Lincoln designated as Bicycle Friendly Community

Media Release: Town of Lincoln designated as Bicycle Friendly Community 


Lincoln, ON – (June 23, 2021) – For the first time, the Town of Lincoln has been awarded a Bicycle Friendly Community Award for 2021-2025 at the Bronze designation. The Bicycle Friendly Community Award Program is an initiative of the Share the Road Cycling Coalition to help communities evaluate how bicycle friendly their community is, celebrate progress, and work toward achieving higher-level awards over time.

“On behalf of Lincoln Council and the Lincoln community, I am honoured to receive this recognition and I am certain that we will wear this designation with great pride,” said Town of Lincoln Mayor Sandra Easton. “This is truly a testament to the recent investments made by Council to ensure Lincoln is a well-connected and accessible community.”

“This is an outstanding achievement for the Lincoln community,” Carol Phillips, Chair of the Town’s Active Transportation (AT) Citizen Advisory Committee. “The Committee members are focused on working with staff to promote active transportation and create even more opportunities for our residents and visitors alike to stay active through our AT network.”

The Town’s Chief Administrative Officer Michael Kirkopoulos noted that in 2017, Lincoln received an honourable mention, however did not receive a designation. “It’s great to see that the Town’s efforts towards improving active transportation in the last few years have not gone unnoticed. Lincoln residents now have more options for cycling in town than they ever have.”

Bicycle Friendly Bronze Award

To achieve this designation, the Town of Lincoln needed to demonstrate considerable achievements in the areas of Engineering, Education, Encouragement, and Evaluation & Planning. Lincoln’s designation was supported by such community strengths as:

  • A picturesque landscape with natural features to augment the cycling experience and promote cycle tourism (e.g., vineyards, farms, orchards, creeks);
  • A large number of cycle routes on main and side roads as well as Multi-Use Trails, loops, and provincial trails;
  • Partnerships between Town Departments, Active Transportation Citizen Advisory Committee and Council; and
  • A new Pumptrack at Rotary Park installed in October 2020, providing more options for recreational cycling.

The judging panel and local reviewers also noted Lincoln’s efforts to improve bicycle friendliness including a Transportation Master Plan and Active Transportation Strategy adopted by Council with a designated annual budget; recent pandemic-related commitment for winter maintenance of Multi-Use Trails; and increased connectivity that includes plans for an integrated mobility and active transportation network.

Moving forward, the Town will continue to work closely with the Active Transportation Citizen Advisory Committee to provide ongoing support and improvement to the Active Transportation Network.

The Committee is currently working with Town staff to launch an Active Transportation Network page on the Town’s public engagement site, SpeakUpLincoln.ca, to share valuable knowledge and information to both locals and visitors to the area. Look for more details coming soon. Additionally, the Committee is working with Town staff to provide information and guidance on the creation of a new Active Transportation Network map.

To learn more about the Active Transportation Advisory Committee visit: https://lincoln.ca/council/council-appointed-committees/active-transportation-advisory-committee

 

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For media inquiries, please contact:

Liliana Busnello
Manager of Corporate Communications

Town of Lincoln
Direct: 905-563-2799 ext. 230
Tel: 905-563-8205
lbusnello@lincoln.ca

 

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