Trent Lakes has been offered a donation that would see the installation of a bicycle repair station and 16 bicycle racks at strategic spots on municipal properties.
At a recent meeting, Trent Lakes council approved the donation in principle, but asked township staff for more information around legal issues before giving it the final green light.
“I think it’s an absolutely great idea with the time that we’re living in now and the situation,” said Coun. Peter Franzen. “To get people biking to different locations in our municipality is a great idea.”
The venture is a joint project between the Buckhorn District Tourist Association and Citizens for Alternative Transportation in Trent Lakes, said Karen Shearer in a delegation to council.
These organizations worked together and obtained funding for bicycle equipment and installation for completion by Dec. 31, said Shearer, who is a member of the citizens group.
The Buckhorn tourism group realizes cycling tourism is an opportunity for businesses in Trent Lakes and at the same time the citizens group is noticing that climate change is motivating local citizens to use active transportation such as cycling, she said.
“However, there’s a problem with limited cycling infrastructure in Trent Lakes, which may pose a barrier to capitalizing on these opportunities,” Shearer said.
Funding from the two groups would cover the total costs of equipment and installation. The municipality needs to provide permission for the installation, liability and maintenance.
The bike racks would be a post and ring model, allowing cyclists to lock their bicycles. They have a small footprint for the installation and can hold two bicycles, Shearer noted.
The one repair station would have commonly used tools, such as a tire pump, screwdrivers and wrenches, tethered to it.
A non-disclosure agreement has been signed that does not permit disclosure of the source of the funding at this time, otherwise there is a risk of the funding being revoked, Shearer said.
The suggested sites and equipment are Buckhorn Welcome Centre (two post racks), Cavendish Community Centre and Library (two post racks and one repair station), Chase Memorial Park (two post racks), Galway Community Centre (two post racks), Lakehurst Community Centre (two post racks), Shearer Park (four post racks) and Trent Lakes Public Library (two post racks).
“We would have discussions with people who are working at those sites just to make sure that it would be appropriate equipment for the sites,” Shearer said.
Brendan Burke is a staff reporter at the Examiner, based in Peterborough. His reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative.
Brendan Burke, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Peterborough Examiner