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Spring in Burlington Ontario
Discover Burlington this Spring
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Burlington Ontario – A cycling friendly community.
you are a family looking for a safe path to cycle, a competent cyclist hoping
to join a riding group or an advanced distance cyclist searching for
challenging terrain, you’ll find it in Burlington!
bicycle friendly community. In
2012 Burlington was awarded the bronze
designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community by Ontario’s Share the Road Cycling Coalition. Read on and discover why Burlington earned and deserved this honour.
Lids 4 Kids
cycling begins with a properly fitted helmet but tightening and adjusting
helmet straps can be a feat worthy of Houdini.
Each May, cycling in Burlington
kicks off with the Lids 4 Kids event held at the Burlington Mall. Halton Regional Police volunteer their time
to give away and snuggly fit over 300 bike helmets on young cyclists. They also run a safe riding rodeo. Local bike mechanics inspect bikes and do
minor repairs for free. Lids 4 Kids is the
ideal way for a family to begin the cycling season.
Burlington has many paved cycling paths away
from traffic, but with its panoramic view and downtown location, the WaterfrontTrail is a magnet for families with young cyclists
Cycling on the Burlington Waterfront
. You can safely bike from SpencerSmithPark across the canal into ConfederationPark and be treated to spectacular
scenery that changes with the weather and time of day. From the sun sparkling on the waves, to the
roar of the waves on a windy day, or the buzzing of jet skis in the water,
every day can be different and entertaining as you cycle the Waterfront Trail. There
are many waypoints where you can reward the family with an ice cream break or
make it an outing and enjoy the famous fish and chip dinner at Hutch's on the Lake. The walls are decorated with historical autographed
pictures and jerseys from area sport teams.
are also discovering the same wide, paved, car-free, cycling paths inland. I use the Centennial Bike Path to get to the
library and to shop by bike! The path
runs from the down town core to BurlOak
Drive and is one of my favourites. Using the branch paths, I bike to a wide range
of stores including the Burlington Mall, various restaurants or for quick
grocery runs. There are a lot of schools
on the Centennial Path so kids could even ride safely to school. Environment Canada proclaims a bike is the best
way to get around for short trips. It’s
true! I've discovered that for distances
less than 5 km., cycling is faster and more efficient than using the family car.
The Centennial Path is the ideal way to
get across Burlington
safely by bike.
Cycling the multi-use trails
my ride into a workout, I'll cycle to the end of the paved path at BurlOak, and
take advantage of the new wide bike lanes on BurlOak, cycling north to Upper
Middle joining a fabulous paved path following Bronte Creek. This is a
spectacular route to enjoy, especially majestic and colourful in the fall.
Using a combination of side streets I rejoin the Headon Path east of Walkers
and cycle back to Brant Street
on the paved multi-use path. There are a lot of branches to take you almost
anywhere you need to go in northern Burlington and it is a fun way to burn
calories and keep fit!
you've become proficient on the paths and bike lanes in Burlington, there are many opportunities to
join a group ride. If you've been hesitating to participate in a group ride,
don't! It's a fabulous way to meet like
minded cyclists and there's a group for all cycling levels. I was hesitant to join my first group ride at
Mountain Equipment Co-op's (MEC) weekly drop-in ride. There were a half a dozen riders going down
Brant, along Lakeshore then up Snake
Road into rural Burlington. We all got back together, spent 15 minutes
talking in the parking lot and had a great time. It’s for “cyclists looking to learn about
group riding and to meet other friendly roadies. We meet and finish at Mountain Equipment Co-op
in Burlington. Rides will be between 1.5 to 3 hours long,
covering 30km to 60km depending on weather and daylight. No one will be dropped.” I've become a
regular and look forward to it each week.
have cycling groups that ride on trails
(a totally different experience from road riding) and a separate group of on-road
cyclists from April to October. Riders
often stop for lunch and break up into groups of varying speeds for riders of all
levels. Some say variety is the spice of
life so the Halton Outdoor Club members do year round
outdoor activities such as cross country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, kayaking
well established group, the Oakville
Cycling Club, focuses on group road rides some departing from Burlington. They
have ride categories of varying speeds and distances, so you can be certain of
finding a group compatible with your skill set. You can “test” ride
for free but once you’re hooked, a membership is mandatory.
with a very large number of cyclists is a blast and gives you a real sense of
community. In September, there’s an
opportunity to ride with 300 cyclists in the Share the Road Ride in Memory of
Greg. The ride originates from the Kelso Conservation Area, has variable
distances of 30-50-100 km with the OPP present at key busy intersections.
Snacks and fluids are provided at stops along the route. Following the
ride, cyclists can enjoy a meal and festivities. Share the Road hosts
several rides throughout Ontario.
You can find details at www.sharetheroad.ca.
Welcome Cyclists Sign
While cycling in Burlington, keep an eye
out for the Welcome Cyclists!
signs. They are popping up like
dandelions in spring. These are bicycle
friendly places to eat, visit and even sleep.
You’ll find these signs at all of Burlington’s
community centres because they are equipped with tire repair kits and
pumps. I know this because I’ve had to
its varied landscape, protected bike paths and many cycling groups, its no
surprise that growing numbers are discovering cycling in Burlington as a safe, clean, healthy
inexpensive even trendy way to get around town and keep fit. Give it a whirl.
Guest Writer - Gene Wasik
Wasik is a resident of Burlington,
a McMaster grad and an entrepreneur who has grown 2 start-up companies into national
million dollar organizations. Gene discovered
cycling as a stress relieving outlet and grew to love cycling for its many
health and relaxation benefits. He is
currently a director of Share the Road Cycling Coalition, a provincial wide
cycling advocacy group and the author of “Bike
Burlington,” a blog covering “Everything and
anything to do with safe cycling in Burlington,
Ontario.” When travelling Gene always checks out the
local bike sharing programs.