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Town of Essex to Celebrate Bike Month

Posted on Friday May 31, 2019

The Town of Essex will celebrate Bike Month 2019 with a number of free events throughout the month of June.

Every year, communities across the country host Bike Month events to celebrate local cycling and recognize the importance of active transportation infrastructure. Bike Month events promote awareness of local cycling infrastructure and encourage citizens to get out and ride their community.

“In terms of cycling infrastructure, the Town of Essex has a bit of everything, from dedicated bike lanes and paved shoulders, to multi-use trails and greenways,” said Cynthia Cakebread, Manager of Recreation and Culture. “This year’s Bike Month events will help create awareness of the places to cycle and the sights to see while riding in our community.”

The Town will host two free community bike rides guided by Can-Bike certified staff:

  • Colchester Community Ride on Sunday, June 9 starting at 3:00pm at Colchester Harbour. This beginner level ride will take cyclists on trails and roads in Colchester. A limited number of children’s bikes will be available to borrow from Town staff. Adult bikes will be available to rent from Farm Dog Cycles.
  • Harrow Community Ride on Sunday, June 23 starting at 3:00pm at the Harrow and Colchester South Community Centre. This beginner level ride will take cyclists on trails and roads in Harrow. Bike Windsor Essex will also be on hand for a free Bike Rodeo, which teaches bike safety, from 1:00 until 3:00pm.

Those interested in taking a dip while cycling can also pedal the pool with a free SpinH2O class at the Essex Recreation Complex on June19 (6:15-7:15pm), June 23 (8:00-8:45am), or June 26 (6:15-7:00pm). Pre-registration for all community rides and SpinH2O classes can be found online at www.essexconnect.ca

Local cyclists can also join in on the 6th Annual County Wide Active Transportation Celebration and Glow Walk-Ride on Friday, June 14 in Essex Centre. The event kicks off at 3pm at the Essex Civic Centre and finishes with an all-ages walk and leisurely Glow Ride.

Community members are encouraged to use the #EssexOnBikes hashtags on social media for a chance to win cycling prizes. Public posts using the hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram will automatically be entered into a random draw.