By Cecilia Nasmith/Today’s Northumberland
Just in time for World Bicycle Day on June 3, Northumberland County Tourism has launched a new Bike Repair Station pilot project to enhance recreational cycling while also boosting the visitor economy.
Northumberland Tourism has acquired five state-of-the-art Bike Repair Posts from Ontario-based manufacturer Greenspoke, thanks to a partnership with Regional Tourism Organization 8 (which is financially supported by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport).
Each free-standing station includes a full set of tools for cyclists to make any needed adjustments or unexpected repairs in order to keep rolling along. The five stations are being strategically installed in various Northumberland communities near or along popular cycling routes, with sites chosen in consultation with cycling club members and in partnership with participating municipalities.
Campbellford – Old Mill Park by the Two Dollar Coin at 51 Grand Rd.
Port Hope – Behind Town Hall at 56 Queen St.
Cobourg – Cobourg Marina at 103 Third St.
Brighton – Harbour Street parkette at 147 Harbour St.
Bewdley – Bewdley Optimist Waterfront Park at 5073 Rice Lake Dr. N.
Director of Economic Development, Planning and Strategic Initiatives Dan Borowec said these stations will be a valuable resource for cyclists.
“Whether it’s a quick fix or a more substantial repair these stations will enable cyclists to keep their bikes in top running order, ensuring a safe and enjoyable cycling experience,” Borowec stated.
The announcement noted that World Bicycle Day has been designated by the United Nations General Assembly to promote the advocacy and celebration of bicycles worldwide.
“Cycling plays an important role in the tourism and recreation mix of Northumberland,” Borowec added.
“Installing bike repair stations adds critical support for all levels of cyclists. Easily accessible and strategically located throughout Northumberland, they are a welcoming resource to our ever-growing cycling community.”
As well as fostering a vibrant cycling community, it is hoped this initiative will attract cycling enthusiasts from far and wide to enjoy the county’s picturesque landscapes and charming towns.
“Northumberland Tourism encourages both residents and visitors to take advantage of these new bike repair stations and contribute to a sustainable and eco-friendly transportation culture within the region,” the press release said.
“This project further supports the county’s broader mission of promoting regional tourism activity, enriching the local economy and fostering a deep appreciation for cycling in Northumberland..