Building a bike-friendly Oxford

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Better health, less traffic congestion and pollution, and a draw for tourism: those are some of the benefits of a bike-friendly community that has driven the push for an Oxford Cycling Advisory Committee.

On Wednesday, Feb. 27, Public Health & Emergency Services, with support from Public Works and Tourism Oxford, will ask Oxford County Council to approve the establishment of the Oxford Cycling Advisory Committee and Councillor John Lessif’s appointment to that committee as a Council representative.

The committee is an outcome of the Cycling Policies component of the Oxford County Transportation Master Plan tabled at council on Oct. 10, 2012. That study suggested that a cycling advisory committee could guide cycling-related initiatives in the county and lead advocacy and awareness campaigns that promote cycling tourism, cycling to work, and the development of a network of cycling routes on county and municipal roads that connects to routes outside of the county.

Ultimately, the committee will work towards establishing Oxford County as a bike-friendly community that promotes cycling for recreation and as an environmentally friendly mode of transportation.

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