Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson speaks at the official opening of the John Counter Boulevard overpass in Kingston on Thursday.
(Elliot Ferguson/The Whig-Standard)
Within a Century ride of Kingston there exists several county and municipal governments and special interest organizations that influence cycling infrastructure and opportunities in our area. Kingston has a long term cycling plan called "Walk and Roll" and is beginning implementation; it is an initiative that KVC will support wholeheartedly. Cycle Kingston has been working with the city since its inception in 2004. More recently Kingston Coalition for Active Transportation has also taken an active role in advocating for a broader spectrum of activities, including public transport, cycling and walking.
To date, KVC has not been actively involved in cycling advocacy, but now wishes to position itself as an influencer due to our knowledge of the area, the strength of our membership, and recognition of the recreational and economic opportunities that can accrue from cycling activity. Our objective is to improve cycling opportunities in Kingston and region; i.e. the Counties of Frontenac, L&A, Hastings (to the West), and Leeds and Grenville (to the East).
The region is fortunate to have inherited the K&P trail which is managed by the County of Frontenac; i.e. the lower end by the City of Kingston and the Cataraqui Trail, which is part of the Trans Canada Trail, by the Province of Ontario. As previously mentioned, since both trails represent significant opportunities, we look forward to co-operating and supporting the development of both trail systems.
Our goal for the year 2019 is to simply develop relationships with those involved in developing and promoting cycling activities and to assist those who are actively moving the cycling agenda forward.
Outreach for KVC is extending a friendly hand to those who share a common interest in cycling. We support all forms of cycling, commuting, family rides around the neighbourhood, trail rides, mountain bicycling, road riding, and cycle touring. By joining hands with those from our region, we can move forward to create and enhance the recreational and economic opportunities currently available in our region.
The following websites may be of interest:
Kingston Coalition for Active Transportation
City of Kingston K&P Trail
Ontario by Bike