Ontario by Bike
(Ontario, Canada) As the cycling season gets going in full with warmer ride temperatures and summer ahead, Ontario By Bike announces the 23 best bicycle friendly businesses and award winners for 2022, across the province.
Whether riding closer to home, or travelling to destinations across Ontario, exploring Ontario’s vast array of trails and road routes, coupled with a stop at any one of these award winning locations to eat, visit or sleep, will be a highlight of any bike outing, day trip or longer multi-day tour.
With travel in Ontario by Ontario residents anticipated to have another boom year, plus the welcoming back of international and cross-Canada visitors, cycling and cycle tourism in Ontario is expected to be a highly popular activity this year.
Cycling activity increased during Covid – 82% increased or did the same amount of cycling in 2021.
75% of cyclists are considering making non-local regional travel plans that include cycling in 2022.
46% of trips that include cycling in 2022 are anticipated to be overnight trips, 30% are considering day trips.
31% are considering participating in some type of organized cycling activity, including returning to events and tours in 2022.
(Source: Ontario Cycle Tourism and Cycling Activity Report 2021/2022 www.transportationoptions.org/ontarioresearch)
Cyclists can find over 1,550 Ontario businesses certified as bicycle friendly by Ontario By Bike across the province who are ready to roll out a welcome to cyclists.
Just announced and showcased this year are the 23 award winning businesses who have all gone above and beyond, offering extra services and amenities to cyclists stopping at their locations. The awards are presented by Ontario By Bike, whose certification program has criteria that helps ensure cyclists are welcomed at businesses they choose to stop at whether it be as a cycle tourist, on a longer trip, or while biking closer to home. The Network is free for businesses to participate in and the information on each location plus cycling trails and road routes in each region is easily accessible online.
“We are pleased to celebrate and recognize the commitment and level of service that these 23 bicycle friendly businesses offer cyclists that stop at their locations. With many welcoming a wide array of customers, not just cyclists, we encourage a visit to their businesses to support their ongoing enterprises during what has been a challenging few years. Congratulations to all winners of the annual awards, now in its fourth year.” – Louisa Mursell, Executive Director of Ontario By Bike/Transportation Options.
Businesses will be featured in the popular monthly e-newsletter that is issued by Ontario By Bike and avidly read by over 16,200 cyclists. Additionally, cyclists can find info on bike routes, itineraries and all certified bicycle friendly businesses at www.ontariobybike.ca, rated the most used website for ideas to plan cycling outings and routes in Ontario. Paired with the annual Cycling in Ontario / Le vélo en Ontario magazine cyclists have all the resources they need to get rolling.
2022 Ontario By Bike Bicycle Friendly Business Award Winners:
(See below for quotes from award winning businesses.)
Best Business: Kettle Creek Inn – Port Stanley
Bike Business: The Windsor Bike Kitchen
Best Business: Best Western Rose City Suites – Welland
Bike Business: Niagara Cycling Tours
Hamilton Halton Brant
Best Business: The Fix powered by Velofix – Milton
Bike Business: A1 Cycle – Brantford
Huron, Perth, Waterloo & Wellington
Best Business: Snapping Turtle Coffee Roasters – St. Marys
Bike Business: Changing Gears – Guelph/Goderich
Greater Toronto Area
Best Business: The Scented L’air – Brampton
Bike Business: Cycle Solutions – Parliament Street, Toronto
York Durham Headwaters Best Business: The Grackle Coffee Company – Schomberg
Bike Business: Cycle Life – Port Perry & Pickering
Bruce Grey Simcoe
Best Business: Quayle’s Brewery – Coldwater
Bike Business: Summit Social House – Collingwood
Kawarthas Northumberland Best Business: Our Lucky Stars – Warkworth
South Eastern Ontario
Best Business: Russell Manor Bed & Breakfast – Morrisburg
Bike Businesses: Bicycle World – Cornwall
Ottawa & Countryside
Café Sur la rive – Plantagenet
Best Business: Dominion Hotel and Pub – Minden
Bike Business: Yantha Cycle – Pembroke
South River Brewing Company – South River
Best Business: Perivale Gallery – Spring Bay, Manitoulin Island
Bike Business: 3ride Bicycle Co. – Thunder Bay
*Geographic disbursement based on Ontario’s 13 tourism regions
“With direct access to the Algonquin Trail, thousands of cyclists stop by each year. Last year we had a group of tourists backpacking cyclists from Germany who required major bikes repairs. Yantha Cycle fixed them up and got them moving in only a few hours.” Adam Yantha, Yantha Cycle – Pembroke.