NIAGARA CYCLING MAP NOW AVAILABLE
4th Edition offers many new features for cyclist
Thorold, ON – The 4th edition of the Niagara Cycling Map is now available. “This latest version is the result of ongoing efforts to promote Niagara as a premier cycling destination,” says Susan Morin, Business Development Manager for Venture Niagara. “This region was very popular for cycling before the pandemic but over the past eighteen months, bike sales and bike rentals increased dramatically, so the demand to explore Niagara by bike has grown too, and a new cycling map was produced to meet this demand.”
New features include the “Bridge-It Route”
The map offers up-to-date features such as municipal bike lanes; Regional Roads with bike facilities; and the “Bridge-It Route,” linking the Port Robinson Ferry with Chippawa. “Bridge-It”, also known as The Port Robinson Ferry, is the only ferry service on the Welland Canal. The ferry has shuttled people across the Welland Canal since a laker collided with and destroyed the bridge to the hamlet in the 1970s. The service provides a vital link for residents and a growing number of cyclists and is a charming and memorable piece of Niagara’s cycling experience.
Greater Niagara Circle Route is a must for cyclists wanting authentic Niagara experiences
The most prominent cycling attraction in the region is the Greater Niagara Circle Route. It links seven of Niagara’s twelve municipalities by a system of trails comprised of the Waterfront Trail, Niagara River Recreation Trail, Friendship Trail, and Welland Canals Parkway Trail. The route is over 140 km in length of mostly paved, off-road trails suitable for walking, cycling or rollerblading. The paved trail is mostly three metres wide and passes through urban centres, downtowns, the Niagara Escarpment, waterfronts and agricultural areas. For the more experienced rider the Greater Niagara Circle Route can be done in a day but for a great touring experience it is can be a multi-day ride.
Partnerships are key to promoting Cycling in Niagara
This year’s map was made possible with the support of the Niagara Region, the Niagara Parks Commission, the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority and the many municipalities who provided their cycling infrastructure details for inclusion on the map.