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County partners with Ontario By Bike Network for free cycle tourism webinar

The Ontario By Bike Network is partnering with Huron County to host a free cycle tourism webinar workshop, tailored for businesses in Huron County on May 10th.

Huron Acting Tourism Officer, Rick Sickinger, explains Ontario Buy Bike is a Provincial organization that certifies bike-friendly businesses and runs a web site that promotes cycling trips and cycling destinations throughout the Province. He says the webinar on May 10th is geared towards tourism businesses.

“It’s geared towards tourism businesses and locations interested in being certified by Ontario By Bike as being bike-friendly as well as tourism stakeholders, like BIA, Chambers, municipalities that also want to be designed bike-friendly.”

Workshop highlights will also include information on cycle tourism products, cycling in Huron County and local cycling developments, demographic and trip planning characteristics of cycle tourists, as well as what services and amenities will attract cyclists to local businesses.

Sickinger says there has been a huge increase in cycling as a recreational activity.

“We have seen a huge increase in cycling as a recreational activity, but also as a tourism motivator. People are looking for cycling and biking trips and we certainly encountered that last year in Huron County.”

One of the big draws last year was the G2G Trail which ends at Lake Huron in Goderich.

The workshop runs from 10 a.m. till 11 a.m. on May 10th and people can register for the Ontario By Bike & Cycle Tourism Development in Huron County workshop by going to http://www.ontariobybike-huroncounty.eventbrite.ca. Sickinger adds, they are not encouraging cycling in Huron County until it is absolutely safe to do so.
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