Friday, June 6, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Charlottetown Parks and Recreation
Cycling Lane to Open at Victoria Park
Charlottetown, PEI – Mayor Clifford Lee announced details today surrounding the opening of a cycling lane in Victoria Park effective June 30th to September 30th of this year.
City officials, along with representatives of Tourism Charlottetown Inc, the Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown and Cycling PEI, unveiled the overall site plan, the partnership opportunities and the means in which the City will evaluate this pilot project.
Mayor Clifford Lee stated, “this exciting new active-living and enviro-friendly initiative will be launched just in time for the summer season, with the roadway ready for use on June 30th. I extend an invitation to the cycling community to attend the official ribbon cutting ceremony, which will take place that day at twelve noon at the Kent street entrance to the Park.”
Tourism Charlottetown provided an overview of the new Charlottetown Cycling Map that will be distributed at Visitor Information Centers across the Province as part of its overall strategy to attract more cyclists to the city. “We continue to see increased visitor demand to become more Cycle Friendly,” says Kim Green, CEO of Tourism Charlottetown. Tourism Charlottetown’s new cycling map identifies 6 cycling loops originating in Charlottetown. Each loop varies in length and difficulty, taking visitors cross country through historic roads and scenic vistas. The key is that each loop originates and returns to Charlottetown. The map along with the new dedicated cycling lane at Victoria Park will create new opportunities to attract visiting cyclists to Charlottetown.”
Cycling PEI President, Mark Bowlan said, “this partnership with the City of Charlottetown presents great opportunities to further expand safe cycling in the city and I applaud this project as an excellent first step. I encourage all cyclists to use the new lane safely and wisely.”
Councillor Mitchell Tweel , as Chairman of Parks and Recreation added, “this project will be evaluated and a full report will be made available to Council after the trial period to determine next steps. I encourage all cyclists to ride safely and to remember that they are still sharing the park with vehicular traffic, as there are points of intersection that still need to be respected.”
As a long time supporter and funding body of Victoria park improvements, the Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown was also present at the news conference. The park canteen operations, run by the local Kiwanis Club, will be fully involved in this pilot project and will be unveiling a whole new product line in their canteen during this trial period. The canteen will also act as a location where the general public can pick up and fill out comment cards allowing input and feedback regarding the temporary cycling lane.
This initiative has been considered by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department for the past number of years. With Victoria Park being a hub for recreational activity; active-living life-styles on the rise; people being more environmentally conscious; cycling being a popular activity, tourism product and quickly growing as a mode of transportation; the timing of this pilot project could not have come at a more appropriate time.
This pilot project will run for the period of June 30th – September 30th, with a full evaluation review being conducted in the Fall. Next steps for this initiative will be determined once Council has reviewed the full pilot project evaluation.
Manager, Parks and Recreation
City of Charlottetown