As the CBC reports, issues of cycling safety, and a general narrative about how to make the city a better, more welcoming place for riders, have been an ongoing discussion in the city of London, Ont. In the past two years, in fact, positive changes have been embraced by riders in the southern Ontario city, with 113 cycling-related injuries in 2015 dropping to 24 this year.
Recognizing that, the city is celebrating cycling this week—as many Canadian cities are increasingly doing—with a series of events.
It started Wednesday, movie night, with Bikes vs. Cars.” On Thursday, riders were invited to participate in a ride exploring the city’s history up close, touring London’s many historical sites. Also, there was a 17-km tour of city-funded food forests, during a tour called Cycling Tour of Food Forests Gardens, hosted by Friends of Urban Agriculture London.
Friday will bring the Bicycle Commuter Breakfast, hosted by London Cycle Link. Beginning at 6:30 a.m., meet at Thames Valley Parkway at the Forks of the Thames for snacks, coffee and a two-wheeling meet-and-greet. On Saturday, the Forks of the Thames will also be the site of the Canada 150 London Bike Rides, with 5-10 km, 30 km and 70 km tours as options for registered participants.
Finally, a week paying tribute to cycling comes to a close on Sunday with the 2017 London Bike Expo at Boler Mountain. Guest speakers, bike races for kids, live music and bike demos will be among the day’s offerings, starting at 10 a.m. and continuing until 4 p.m.
For more information, and for registration details, visit London Celebrates Cycling online.