MICA is very pleased to see unanimous Municipal support for paved shoulders on HWY 540 as it will receive resurfacing between 2016-18. Paved shoulders dramatically increase the safety of all road users and are making the new 1 metre passing law a lot easier for all our automobiles, big trucks and tandem trailers. MICA has forwarded all municipal resolutions to the Minister of Transportation Ontario (MTO).
Nearly 8000 copies of “Manitoulin Island & LaCloche Mountains Cycling Routes & Road Map” have been sold. The third edition will see an addition of over 27 km of new mountain bike trails, a summer activity enjoyed by many of our visitors. Did you know that Manitoulin and the La Cloche area offer well over 800km of cycling loops enjoyed by visitors and locals alike? With excellent hill training through the La Cloche Mountains, quiet flat paved country roads for roadies and off road trails, our visitors stay an average of 6.5 days on Manitoulin. That is a few days longer than any other visitor segment. MICA is happy to inform you, that our volunteers will be representing Manitoulin again at the three day Toronto International Bicycle Show in early March, 2016. The Ferry, the Expositor and many Municipalities continue to support MICA in this effort. Last year we distributed over 1500 copies of “This is Manitoulin” stuffed with promo material. The ferry walk-on cycle count was up over 14.5% and the overall count is up with 5186 cycles counted. Last year’s Manitoulin Passage ride attracted 240 riders and our preparations are well on the way for the 6th Manitoulin Passage Ride, June 4&5, 2016. We are expecting over 300 participants. If you’re an accommodation provider wishing to advertise on MICA’s website, please contact us at 705 377 4471. www.manitoulincycling.com firstname.lastname@example.org Remember to lobby for paved shoulders on HWY 540.