TORONTO, Aug. 27 /CNW/ - The award-winning Bike Train Initiative arrived
today in Muskoka. The Bike Train provides a green travel option for
those wishing to explore Muskoka on two wheels. Passengers boarded
Ontario Northland's Northlander train at Union Station in Toronto and
enjoyed a comfortable ride while their bicycles were safely secured in a
baggage car with bike racks.
Originally developed by Toronto cyclist Justin Lafontaine and launched
between Toronto and Niagara in 2007, the Bike Train has proven to be a
fun, economic and environmentally friendly way to enjoy a cycling
getaway. The Muskoka Bike Train pilot is a natural expansion of the
Ontario North Bike Train Initiative, which first launched to North Bay
Historic train stations, which are serviced by the Northlander, are
conveniently located in downtown Gravenhurst and Huntsville and provide
easy access to Muskoka country roads for visiting cyclists. Passengers
were greeted at the Gravenhurst train station by local cyclists and
representatives of partner organizations who hailed the arrival of the
inaugural Muskoka Bike Train. Visiting cyclists will be treated to group
rides led by local volunteer cyclists, highlighting the region's
attractions and scenic roads.
Knowledgeable Bike Train staff are available onboard to provide cycling
maps and useful information. Passengers join a community of travellers
who are happy to share stories and anecdotes about their trip during the
This new Bike Train pilot features two weekends to Muskoka in late
summer, plus one weekend to South River this fall:
Gravenhurst and Bracebridge Bike Train Pilot
August 27 - 29,
Tickets: $95 return per passenger, plus tax.
Huntsville Bike Train Pilot
September 17 - 19, 2010
$107 return per passenger, plus tax.
South River Bike Train Pilot
September 24 - 26, 2010
$127 return per passenger, plus tax.
Media tours, photo ops and interviews can be arranged.
"Bicycling is one of the best ways to explore the beauty and history
of the area around us. I am very excited to have this opportunity to
welcome Bike Train to Parry Sound - Muskoka," said MPP Miller. "If you
love to cycle and want to do your part to reduce energy consumption, a
Bike Train holiday is the way to go. Congratulations to everyone
involved with Bike Train. Your dedication to advancing sustainable
systems of transportation is encouraging."
"We're excited to launch Bike Train service to Muskoka." said Michael
Lawley, Executive Director of Muskoka Tourism. "Encouraging more people
to take the train and travel in environmentally friendly ways helps to
promote an active lifestyle that is a good fit with the Muskoka brand.
Thanks to Bike Train, the cycling culture in Muskoka is growing."
"Our expanded partnership with the Bike Train is allowing us to reach
out to new customers and to introduce new tourism opportunities to our
passengers and communities," commented Cheryl Sutton, Vice President of
Passenger Services for Ontario Northland.
"The Bike Train is a unique way to see Muskoka and lessen your carbon
footprint at the same time," said Peter Lipscombe, Project Manager for
the Muskoka Bike Train Initiative. "Passengers who explore Muskoka on
two wheels will see a different side to the region. There's no better
way to experience the sparkling lakes, picturesque vistas and historic
towns than from the seat of a bicycle."
The Bike Train won two Ontario Tourism Awards in 2008: - Best Tourism
Marketing Partnership and Excellence Award for Tourism Innovation
Over 2,000 passengers have travelled on the Bike Train since 2007
Toronto is home to more than 1 million cyclists according to the City
Other Bike Train destinations include Niagara, Windsor/Essex, North
Bay and Ontario East
Ontario Northland's Northlander passenger train travels daily, except
Saturdays, between Toronto and Cochrane, Ontario, along the highway 11
ABOUT THE BIKE TRAIN INITIATIVE
The Bike Train Initiative introduces bike racks onboard select passenger
rail trains to destinations across Ontario, making cycling holidays easy
and accessible. The initiative is a project of Transportation Options,
a non-profit organization dedicated to stimulating sustainable systems
of transportation, and is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation,
Government of Ontario, and Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, and
supported by more than 45 organizations and businesses. For more
information visit href="http://www.biketrain.ca/">www.biketrain.ca.
SOURCE Transportation Options
For further information: For further information:
Bike Train Initiative
Office: 416 338 0499
Cell: 416 629 6296