Ontario By Bike comes to Parry Sound
Last year, Parry Sound was host to the Annual Pedaling for Parkinson’s, Biking for Builds (for Habitat for Humanity) and the Fall Fun Bike Rides.
But now the secret about what a great place Parry Sound is for cyclists. Last fall Parry Sound joined 19 other regions throughout the province (with more coming on board all the time) as a member of Ontario By Bike Network.
From in-town trails to quiet (paved) county roads, provincial parks to nature trails, you will find it all available in the Parry Sound area. If you’ve already done some hiking, you know that a number of those same trails are multi-use and great for cycling on too. There is also the opportunity for a unique biking experience – fat biking.
If you haven’t heard of fat biking, it is a bike that is designed for riding on soft, unstable ground such as sand and snow. Fat bikes have really over-sized tires – tires that measure at least 9 cm. in width. These wide – or “fat” tires have a lower tire pressure, which allows the rubber of the wheels to grip the ground better than a standard bike. For the avid cyclists in the area, it means you can ride year-round.
And Ontario By Bike provides links to it all – from maps, to an overview of the various types of terrain available, bike rentals and bicycle friendly businesses.
What is a bicycle-friendly business? It is any business that offers secure lock-up areas in visible locations or the opportunity to bring the bikes onto the property, and cycling information such as maps, local bike stores, etc. Restaurants, stores, and tourist attractions all fall under that category.
Why such a focus on keeping bikes secure? As one local enthusiast said to me “My bike is worth than my car!”
40 Bay Street Bed & Breakfast is proud to be listed as an approved accommodation. This means that we provide cyclists with a locked storage for their bicycle, information about cycling routes and maps, a basic repair toolkit and information on the local bike shops and other bicycle friendly businesses. Our breakfasts already comply with the request to offer local, healthy food and beverage options.
We have entered into a partnership with Parry Sound Bikes this year to have rental bikes delivered directly to the bed and breakfast, making it really easy for guests to check out the local riding areas.
Looking for some local tips on cycling in Parry Sound? Check out this article: Cycling in Parry Sound = Perfection.
Want to know more about biking in Parry Sound? Check out the Ontario By Bike web site. And if you would like to challenge yourself with a one, two or three day ride and help raise awareness and funds for research for people affected by Parkinson's Disease, check out Pedaling for Parkinson’s – being held July 10 – 12 in beautiful Parry Sound!