May 19, 2022 6:07 p.m.
On Friday, cycling enthusiasts in Windsor-Essex will bring back a world tradition.
The town’s Bike Committee is teaming up with Bike Windsor-Essex to introduce Bike to Work Day, encouraging residents to not only take advantage of the warmer weather, but also save money as bike prices gasoline remain high.
The event is also designed to ask residents for their thoughts on what they would like to see in Windsor when it comes to cycling, according to Ward 9 Councilor Kieran McKenzie.
“Our committee’s mandate is to improve the safety and sustainability of cycling in our community,” said McKenzie, chair of the cycling committee. “For Bike to Work Day, we’re asking the community to tell us directly what they think it will take to get more people to incorporate cycling into their daily routines.”
Bike to Work Day starts outside Bike Windsor-Essex’s head office on Monmouth Street in Olde Walkerville. Riders are encouraged to join a ride to the Ambassador Bridge and then to Jackson Park. Riders can leave the road at any time to get to work or school.
From 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., City of Windsor staff will be at the picnic pavilion at the southwest end of the park to gather information from people about how Windsor could become more bike-friendly. Light refreshments and beverages will be available.
“Supporting commuters and everyday cycling in Windsor should be a priority,” said Lori Newton, general manager of Bike Windsor-Essex. “Many more residents would choose to cycle rather than drive for short trips if we had a connected network of safe cycling infrastructure.”
Information shared by Bike to Work Day attendees will be forwarded to the Cycling Committee and then to Windsor City Council for consideration and potential implementation at a future meeting.