Explore Essex County with Canada South Coast bike tour

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Windsor Star/Kelly Steele

The days are getting shorter and cooler so it’s time to take advantage of the last little bit of nice weather.

What better way then riding your bike along the many different routes throughout Windsor-Essex County. Grab your bike, pump up the tires and head out to the fourth annual Canada South Coast Bike tour on Saturday.

“This is a great chance to come out and enjoy our community routes and the Chrysler Canada Greenway trail,” said Susanne Tomkins, development and communications co-ordinator with the Essex County Region Conservation Foundation. “Greenway is great for those who want to get away from traffic and just enjoy their ride.”

The bike tour will feature five different routes for people to chose. There are two road routes along urban and rural roads. The 58-km road route starts and ends at Holiday Beach Conservation Area. The advanced 112-km road ride, which is news this year, starts and ends at the Vollmer Culture and Recreation Centre.

“We are excited to include the LaSalle Recreation Trails as part of our tour route,” Danielle Breault Stuebing, ERCA’s director of community outreach services, said in a news release. “The popularity of cycling both for recreation and as a form transportation continues to grow both in our community and around the world.”

For those people who would rather ride on trails, there are a three different rides along the Greenway trail. There is a 70-km route which leaves from the Caesars Windsor community entrance on County Road 8, just west of Walker Road. There is a also a 32-km intermediate route which begins at the Harrow community entrance and, for families or novice riders, there’s a 15-km route at the Schwab Farm community entrance. There will be rest stops with water, snacks and washrooms along most routes.

“All the routes will meet at Mettawas Station restaurant (in Kingsville) for lunch,” said Tomkins. “This will serve as the hub so people on different routes will all be able to meet up here.”

The costs range from $25-35 per participant based on the route. All money raised will be used to help construct the Essex to Amherstburg Greenway.

“We have welcomed guests from nine months to 90 years, on tricycles, in bike trailers and on tandem and recumbent bikes,” Breault Stuebing said. “This truly is an event for everyone.”

For more information check at erca.org/active