Sudbury Olympian Devon Kershaw will join residents of the City of Greater Sudbury for the annual Share the Road community ride Aug. 9.
Bicyclists will participate in a ride to raise awareness of bicycle safety, the benefits of bicycling in terms of healthy lifestyles and the importance of sharing the road.
The ride is a partnership between the Share the Road Cycling Coalition, a provincial cycling advocacy and policy organization and Rainbow Routes Association, a not for profit organization dedicated to sustainable mobility in Greater Sudbury.
Speeches will launch the event at 5 p.m., featuring remarks from Share the Road CEO and founder Eleanor McMahon, Rainbow Routes executive director Deb McIntosh and two-time Olympian cross-country skier and Share the Road Athlete Ambassador Devon Kershaw.
Kershaw and McMahon were drawn to promote the benefits of cycling, and the importance of cycling safety and sharing the road further to their own personal tragedies. Devon lost his girlfriend Sofie Manarin as a result of a cycling collision in 2001 and McMahon lost her husband OPP Sgt. Greg Stobbart in a cycling collision in 2006.
The free five and 15 km rides will begin at 5:30 p.m., rain or shine at Science North, 100 Ramsey Lake Rd., in Sudbury.
The Sudbury ride is one of many held across the province this summer to showcase the growing numbers of cyclists in Ontario — and showcase its benefits in terms of improved community cohesion and livability, improved health outcomes, and economic development through tourism.
Riders can register to participate here.
Posted by Laurel Myers