New Year, New Name!
Introducing Bike Sudbury/Vélo Sudbury
The Sudbury Cyclists Union was formed in 2010, and we've grown from a small group of very committed individuals who organized critical mass rides and advocated at the city-level for better and safer cycling, to an organization that delivers cycling programming and works closely with numerous community partners to make cycling fun and safe in all areas of Greater Sudbury. It's time for a new name that better reflects what we do in our community.
Last year, we held 20 community rides and 3 special rides at New Sudbury Days, Valley East Days, and the Mayor's Ride in June - Sudbury Bike Month. We did bike valet parking at 3 community festivals, 4 bike workshops, and 2 socials. With our community partners the City of Greater Sudbury, Public Health Sudbury & Districts, and Rainbow Routes, over 40 children received refurbished bikes. This year, we'll have well over 150 bikes to give away to children who've grown out of the bike they currently own, or who have no bike at all.
Since 2010, we've been advocating for safe cycling in all of Greater Sudbury. That means safer road cycling infrastructure, and better trails that all connect together into a network that allows people to bike to their destinations. It took a lot of work, but with a very progressive Council and some great City staff including a new Active Transportation Coordinator hired in 2016, our community began seeing some major inroads into building a minimum grid of cycling infrastructure. The City implemented Complete Streets, Transportation Demand Management, a Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan, and a Road Safety Assessment process. In 2019, all of the major pieces that we've been working towards are in place.
In 2018, our community received a Share the Road Coalition Bronze Bike Friendly Community award, the 42th community in Ontario to receive this award.
We're proud of our accomplishments, and we'll be celebrating this year as part of numerous activities that will be held during June, Sudbury's own Bike Month! Join us in 2019 for some great cycling activities.