Essex Region – The Essex Region Conservation Foundation is ready to welcome hundreds of cyclists to the “Place for Life” this Saturday, September 25 for the Essex Region Conservation Bike Tour. To ensure the health and safety of both cyclists and volunteers, each of the five routes will begin in waves of 10 to ensure physical distancing can be maintained. The tour will once again depart from the beautiful Mettawas Park in Kingsville.
“Use of conservation areas and trails has surged over the last year and a half, as people found connections with nature and physical exercise were critical to their wellbeing,” says Claire Wales, President of the Essex Region Conservation Foundation. “The Bike Tour is a great way to safely celebrate our important trail network while raising support for local conservation efforts.”
Pre-registration is required, and no walk-in registrations will be accepted in order to maintain capacity limits. Riders will choose one of five different routes catering to all skill levels. Road routes will range from approximately 60km – 110km, while Greenway riders can choose from a 15km, 32km or 60 km trail experience. Rest stops are available for the four longer routes, and following completion of their ride, each cyclist will receive a delicious ‘Grab and Go’ lunch to be enjoyed as a picnic or to take home.
“We want to showcase the beautiful, connected Greenway trail system that has been created with support from so many donors across the region,” Wales adds. “As well, road riders will experience some of the excellent County Wide Active Transportation System routes, and include stops at some of our wonderful conservation areas.”
Registration for the Essex Conservation Bike Tour is available online at http://essexregionconservation.ca/bike-tour until Thursday, September 23.
For more than four decades, Essex Region Conservation has been sustaining and enriching the environment of the Windsor-Essex-Pelee Island region to ensure it is the Place for Life.