First Ontario Bike Summit
The founder of the Share the Road Cycling Coalition [Eleanor McMahon] is a tireless advocate in promoting the rights of cyclists on the streets and roads of Ontario. Her efforts were kicked into high gear following the tragic death of her husband, an OPP officer. He was killed by a motorist while on an off-duty training ride on his bicycle in 2006. Since then, McMahon has worked with others to successfully engage various levels of government and non-governmental organizations in Canada and the United States to work toward that seemingly elusive goal of sharing the road.
On Sept. 21 and 22 in Waterloo, her organization will host its first Ontario Bike Summit on building “a bicycle friendly Ontario.” The summit will feature high-profile speakers such as Andy Clarke, chief executive of the League of American Bicyclists based in Washington, D.C. He will share the stage with inspiring Canadian and American presenters who recognize the urgent need to reshape the urban landscape of North America and the pivotal role the bicycle should play. More information on the conference can be found at www.sharetheroad.ca.