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Lincoln is being recognized for its efforts to support cycling.
The community was one of three recently designated through the Share the Road Cycling Coalition's Bicycle Friendly Communities award program.
The program provides communities with a road map to evaluate current conditions for cycling and guidelines to create and sustain safe cycling communities for all ages and abilities.
With Lincoln, along with Bolton and Whitehorse now recognized for their efforts to support cycling, the coalition has designated 52 bicycle-friendly communities across the country,
Lincoln was upgraded this year from an honourable mention in 2017 to a bronze designation. The town was recognized for using its natural features such as vineyards and orchards to promote cycling tourism and build a network of cycle routes and trails. There are also more cycling options in town than in 2017, with a pump track installed in October 2020 and commitment from the municipality to maintain multi-use trails in the wintertime.
“In the spring 2021 application round, we see a trend of pandemic pilot projects, like vehicle lane closures and extended winter maintenance of trails becoming permanent offerings. We are pleased to see that communities are committed to supporting recent increases in bicycle ridership,” said Subha Ramanathan, of the Share the Road coalition.
“Municipalities like Lincoln have prioritized cycling programming and access to active transportation routes and public spaces as a vital part of their pandemic recovery plan."
Mayor Sandra Easton said she was honoured Lincoln received this recognition and the town will wear the designation with pride.
“This is truly a testament to the recent investments made by council to ensure Lincoln is a well-connected and accessible community,” she said.
Moosa Imran, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grimsby Lincoln News