Media Release: Smiths Falls launches cycling awareness campaign, contest in recognition of bike month

June 25, 2021

Smiths Falls launches cycling awareness campaign, contest in recognition of bike month

In recognition that the month of June is known in “Bike Month” in Ontario, the Town of Smiths Falls is pleased to announce the launch of an awareness campaign to support cycling in the community.

Bike Month is an opportunity to promote cycling and encourage people to learn new skills, and explore the community by bike. Cycling brings health benefits that include improving cardiovascular health, increasing lower body strength, and improving coordination.

The Smiths Falls’ awareness campaign will focus on cycling safety and educating motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians on proper and respectful etiquette and how to share our streets safely.

“Cycling is a form of active transportation that is a low cost and contributes to physical well-being. In Smiths Falls, we strive to support the cycling community and encourage residents and visitors to explore our trails and cycling routes by bike,” said Mayor Shawn Pankow.

The Smiths Falls’ cycling campaign will include the development of an educational brochure, information distribution on proper use of trails and bike lanes, along with a contest to encourage use of Smiths Falls’ cycling assets.

The contest will run until July 15 and residents are encouraged to use one of Smiths Falls’ cycling assets (bike lanes, multi-use paths, trails) and submit a photo of themselves using it to Speak Up Smiths Falls or through email at recreation@smithsfalls.ca. Contest participants will be entered into a draw to win one of five prizes of $50 in downtown dollars to be used in downtown Smiths Falls.

Contest winners will be announced on Monday, July 19, 2021.

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For further information, please contact:

Malcolm Morris
Chief Administrative Officer
Town of Smiths Falls
77 Beckwith St. N., Smiths Falls, ON
K7A 2B8
Phone 613-283-4124 ext. 1104
mmorris@smithsfalls.ca

Shawn Pankow
Mayor
Town of Smiths Falls
77 Beckwith St N, Smiths Falls, ON
K7A 2B8
613-283-4124 ext. 1110
spankow@smithsfalls.ca