The Mississippi Mills Bicycle Movement (MMBM) are hoping their next Bicycle Friendly Community application has a silver lining.
After seven years of bronze Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) status, the group of cycle-forward thinkers are looking for an upgrade. According to MMBM’s Jeff Mills, the bronze designation is soon up for renewal with Share the Road Cycling Coalition.
“We need to celebrate what we’ve got and we believe we’re at least at the silver level,” he explained.
Over the past seven years, the community has seen an increase in both cycling activity and infrastructure, a bigger spike recently due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“With the pandemic, biking is much more paramount and it’s even harder to find bikes these days,” said MMBM member Robbie Brady. “It’s one of those activities all ages can enjoy.”
There are now designated bike lanes on several Almonte commuter streets – Martin Street North, Perth Street and Ottawa Street, as well as the Walking School Bus initiative to make it safer for kids to get to school. Lanark County has also added 6.5km of paved shoulders to its county roads.
The county’s investment in the Ottawa Valley Recreational Trail, which opened in 2018, also proves the popularity. In a survey done by MMBM, weekly bike trips along the OVRT at Little Bridge Street topped 22,717 in 2020, compared to 5,138 in 2019.The Bicycle Month initiative in Mississippi Mills and Lanark County every June continues to raise awareness on the growing activity as well.All of these combined measures have proven to be […]