Friday May 22nd, 2015 – Cycle Simcoe is pleased to announce the installation of our first Outdoor Repair Station in partnership with the Township of Oro-Medonte, Carriage Ridge Resort, Georgian College and the Georgian Residence and Conference Centre – Barrie.
In 2013 the Barrie/Simcoe Cycling Club, a not for profit organization, received an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant and partnered with the County of Simcoe and Township of Oro-Medonte to develop a test pilot project within the Township of Oro-Medonte. The goal was to improve cycling infrastructure and develop a cycling tourism plan, which could eventually be rolled out County wide. This project became known as ‘Cycle Simcoe’.
One initiative included outdoor bicycle repair stations, designed for the every day user in case of a minor bicycle maintenance emergency. These stands, built locally, are to be installed County wide during the 2015 and 2016 summer season. “The stations fit any bicycle type and come equipped with all the tools required for minor tweaks to a bike, including a pump with a pressure gauge” – explains Brendan Matheson, Cycling Coordinator for Simcoe County.
Georgian College was the first of many stations to go up throughout the County of Simcoe this year. “We are excited to be the first to partner with Cycle Simcoe on this initiative. The station was installed out front of our residence building at the Georgian College Barrie campus. The repair stand will cater to both the student residents and many cycling tourists we host each summer for alternative accommodations” – Robyn Glassier, Residence and Conference Centre – Barrie.
Two more stations will be installed in the Township of Oro-Medonte – one at the 4th Line Park and Horseshoe Valley Road and the other along the Lake Country Oro-Medonte Rail Trail, a well travelled crushed gravel trail between the City of Barrie and City of Orillia.
If you have any questions about the outdoor repair stations or the Cycle Simcoe project, please contact the cycling coordinator; Brendan@barriecycling.com.
Happy cycling, from the team at Cycle Simcoe.