Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Ontario Trail News - cyclist killed while road cycling and cycle tourism workshop in Lambton and more from Ontario Trails


Clarington cyclist killed Easter Sunday after colliding with car

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Clarington This Week
CLARINGTON - A 60-year-old Clarington man is dead after he turned his bike in front of a car as it attempted to pass a group of cyclists on Bloor Street Easter Sunday, April 5, report Durham Regional Police.
According to police, seven cyclists were biking westbound on Bloor Street at 10:55 a.m. about to turn left onto Solina Road. Police said a red Pontiac Vibe was also westbound and attempted to pass the cyclists in the eastbound lane. The cyclist turned in front of the car and was hit.
The victim died at the scene, said police. The driver of the car, a 21-year-old Clarington woman, was taken to hospital with minor injuries and released. Police are not releasing the name of the victim.


Cycle tourism workshop planned for April 16 at Lambton College

By Tyler Kula, Sarnia Observer
(Tribune file photo)
(Tribune file photo)
Dedicated bike lanes could be cropping up on Colborne Road and Cathcart Boulevard this year, with the community's OK.
A proposal in the city's transportation master plan, approved by council last year, said city development manager Mike Berkvens, calls for bike lanes on those streets to make traversing Sarnia's cityscape on two wheels easier.
“The cheapest way and the biggest bang for our buck is using the existing road and just doing line painting,” said Berkvens, noting council has set aside $250,000 this year for bike trail development and sidewalk improvements.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Ontario Trails News - historic sites near trails, cycling trail development and more at Ontario Trails

Orillia's untapped potential as cycling destination

Orillia Today
Orillia holds untapped potential as a destination for cyclists and a share of the substantial dollars they bring to communities, council heard this week.
“Orillia has amazing trails,” said Brendan Matheson, of Cycle Simcoe. “They have an amazing network, but they have a great opportunity to develop the tourism aspect, for sure.”
Cycle Simcoe is a tourism initiative that aims to steer two-wheeled enthusiasts onto area trails and into local communities.
It is a countywide strategy involving the Barrie/Simcoe Cycling Club, Tourism Simcoe County and Oro-Medonte Township, where the project was initially tested.
“The goal is to make cycling more safe, more memorable and more fun, county-wide,” Matheson told Orillia council during a presentation.

Ontario inns—enjoy a historic, culinary getaway in historic Georgetown

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Main Street Inn in historic Georgetown is the focus of our spotlight this winter on Ontario inns and B&Bs. With our province’s quaint corners and picturesque landscapes only a short drive away from Toronto, kicking back in the comfort of this cozy inn may be just the kind of retreat you need to rejuvenate through the season.
 A walk through time—With a history dating back to the 1850s, the Main Street Inn welcomes guests to Victorian charm of yesteryear. There aretwo rooms to choose from, both beautifully appointed with a lush décor reminiscent of simpler times of grace and dignity. Bright and spacious with private unsuited bathrooms, the rooms make a relaxing and comfortable haven, combining tranquil style with modern amenities.
Fine dining in town— Included with each stay at the Inn is a choice of full cooked or continental breakfast. With its two dining rooms and two outdoor patios—one with full linen service—Main Street Inn is also home to one of Georgetown’s finest dining establishments. Both Inn guests and non-overnight patrons can enjoy lunch, dinner or the Inn’s hearty weekend brunch service. Passionate about creating new taste sensation, the Inn’s chef changes the menu regularly according to the season’s freshest available ingredients.
Local attractions—Picturesque shops and village nooks are just a stroll away down Olde Georgetown’s quaint streets where historic buildings and period houses abound. Guests can enjoy browsing local culture at such artistic venues as The Gallery, Beaumont Mills and historic Williams Mills’ multi-building studios and workshops. Theatre buffs can enjoy local theatre staged by one of the two local companies. Winter’s also a beautiful time to discover the great Ontario outdoors with over 50 kilometers of the nearby Bruce Trail and side trails of the Niagara escarpment.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

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Kill Greenbelt expansion idea, Ontario Tory leadership hopefuls say

King Connection
By Tim Kelly 
The trio vying to lead the Ontario Progressive Conservatives agree on one thing: they don’t want to see the Greenbelt expand.
Asked by a local developer Monday afternoon what they think about Liberal government suggestions that the Greenbelt, which covers 99 per cent of King Township, could expand, Christine Elliott, Patrick Brown and Monte McNaughton gave thumbs down to the idea.
“I obviously oppose the latest suggestion that the Greenbelt grow by a million acres.

A second Southern Ontario man fined for careless hunting 3

A second southern Ontario man has been fined $750 for careless hunting and trespassing also in the Restoule area Nov. 7.
Brett Scheerer of Elmwood pleaded guilty to careless hunting and trespassing on private land and was fined $750. He also forfeited his all-terrain vehicle (ATV) to the Crown. In addition, he is prohibited from hunting for five years and must successfully complete the Ontario Hunter Education Course before hunting in the province again.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Ontario Trails News - about cycling issues, Ontario Trail Activity and more!

MY "SICK" RIDE

Rediscovering cycling on my fab fold-up has led to much more than just getting around