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Investing in cycling infrastructure the best deal on two wheels

By Andrew Caddell      

Elected officials and public servants need to look seriously at bicycles, not only as a means of transportation, but also as a major source of tourism revenue.

In Europe, cycling is seen as a legitimate means of travel and entire tourism campaigns are based on bicycle touring, demonstrating where Canada can improve, writes Andrew Caddell. Photograph courtesy of Pexels

KAMOURASKA, Que.—When I look back at this year, 2018 will be remembered as the “year of the bicycle.” But it may be for many other Canadians as well; the two-wheeled vehicles are everywhere this summer: country roads, city streets, and major highways, and almost every vehicle on the road seems to have at least one bike on a rack. Of the 14 million Canadians who ride, bicycling is source of exercise, transportation, and tourism. And with those issues in mind, road safety continues to be a major concern.

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