For Immediate Release - June 1, 2009
BURLINGTON, ON – The City of Burlington today officially launched 33 newly-installed lockup bike racks at the Locust Street parking garage to help make cycling to work or play easier in the city.
Metrolinx, through its BikeLinx program, gave the city $33,000, some of which was used to buy and install the racks at the parking garage and the remainder which will be used to create safe and secure locations in the city for cyclists to park their bikes.
“We are pleased that Metrolinx through its BikeLinx program helps to promote a seamless and environmentally-friendly mode of travel for Burlington residents,” said Mayor Cam Jackson. “The creation of locking bike racks for parking—along with other city initiatives, such as building cycling lanes and installing bike racks on Burlington Transit buses—helps to support the city’s vision for a green Burlington.”
The city developed its Multi-Use Pathways and Bikeway Plan in 1997 to help guide off-the-road multi-use pathways and on-road bike lanes throughout the City. City Council will review a new Cycling Master Plan after it goes to the city’s Community Development Committee on June 22.
Metrolinx serves the City of Hamilton, the City of Toronto, Region of Durham, Region of Halton, Region of Peel and the Region of York. Metrolinx has developed a Regional Transport Plan called The Big Move. One of its plans is to create more than 7,000 kilometres of new lanes, trails and pathways for pedestrians and cyclists.
“We believe that initiatives such as the BikeLinx program help make cycling a viable choice for getting around the region,” said Rob Prichard, President and CEO of Metrolinx. “Secure bike racks like the ones installed in Burlington are an added incentive for people to combine cycling with other modes of transportation. Metrolinx is proud to support this green initiative.”
For information about the city’s Cycling Master Plan study, visit www.burlington.ca. For more information about BikeLinx, please visit www.metrolinx.com.
Manager, Public Affairs
Mayor Cam Jackson
City of Burlington