June is Bike Month and Collingwood residents are encouraged to join the celebration by adding active transportation to their day.
Whether you walk or wheel, active transportation helps to improve personal and community health by increasing opportunities for physical activity and socializing, while also reducing the negative environmental impacts of vehicle traffic.
“June is the perfect time to (re)discover the joy of being outdoors, riding a bike, walking or using other forms of active transportation to get you to where you need to go.”Jennifer Parker, Coordinator of Community Well-being, and Inclusion
The month of June is also an ideal time for students to walk or wheel to school, “adding an active start to the day supports learning, increases outdoor physical activity, helps to reduce traffic congestion in school zones and can help improve air quality around schools by reducing the number of vehicles,” says Parker.
Shifting your routine, even if it is one day a week, is a great start. The Town of Collingwood will be promoting Walk and Wheel Wednesdays throughout the month of June, launching into bike month on Wednesday, May 31st encouraging Collingwood residents to add a walk or wheel to their day.
Drivers play a critical role in keeping cyclists safe. Bicycles in the roadway are considered vehicles. Drivers must watch for cyclists, slow down, and give them space. When passing a cyclist, drivers are required by the Highway Traffic Act to maintain a minimum distance of one metre between their vehicle and the cyclist. Visit sharetheroad.ca for more information on how drivers can co-exist safely with cyclists.
The Collingwood Climate Action Team (CCAT) will be hosting weekly community rides throughout June, meeting at the Collingwood Public Library at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Visit Let’s Bike Collingwood to check out the CCAT bike month calendar and learn about the other activities they have planned.
The Town of Collingwood has over 60 kilometers of recreational trails for cyclists, walkers, joggers, and other modes of active transportation. The expansion of cycling routes, bike parking stations and new crosswalks are just some of the ways in which Collingwood is working to support active transportation and alternative modes of travel in the area.