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Bicycle Friendly Business Program

This page was reviewed or revised on Tuesday, June 05, 2012 3:53 PM

LAMBTON COUNTY, ON – Wheels are in motion to create a healthier community.

According to the Lambton County Regional Trails (LCRT) and Active Transportation (LCAT) committees, active residents are healthier residents, and businesses, which are bicycle friendly, enhance the health of our community.

The Bicycle Friendly Business Program provides cyclists with information on bicycle friendly businesses that support cycling by:

  • Providing a bike rack in a visible secured area near an entrance or other monitored area
  • Allowing cyclists to fill up their water bottles 
  • Allowing cyclists to make a local emergency phone call, if necessary

Kelley Elliott, Health Promoter with the County of Lambton Community Health Services Department, and LCRT member, says "Bicycle friendly businesses also encourage their employees to cycle to work or for leisure, and provide cycling information, such as Bike Month."

Eligible bicycle friendly businesses will receive a Bicycle Friendly sticker for the front of their business and the business name will be posted on the www.lambtoncountytrails.com website. Home-based businesses are not eligible for the Bike Friendly Business Program.

Anytime Fitness in Bright's Grove is the Lambton's first recognized Bicycle Friendly Business. Owner Perry Persichetti said "We wanted to encourage members to get active on their way to the gym so we converted a vehicle parking spot to bicycle parking."

The decision to remove a parking spot for bikes impressed LCRT and LCAT members. "Providing a parking spot in a secure, visible location, was comforting to cyclists knowing their bike was less likely to be stolen than if parked out back," added Elliott.

Being bicycle friendly makes economic and business sense. Studies show cyclists spend more money in the area per month than those who drive there, and bike friendly businesses enable employee health and productivity.

For more information on the program visit www.lambtoncountytrails.com, call 519 344-2062 ext. 2346, toll free 1-800-387-2882 or email trailsinfo@county-lambton.on.ca. For more information on bike rack options contact http://www.bluewatertrails.com/.

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Contact:

Lambton County Regional Trails Committee
Kelley Elliott
Member
Telephone: 519 344-2062 ext. 2346
email: kelley.elliott@county-lambton.on.ca
www.lambtoncountytrails.com