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Explore Markham and win prizes through Markham Cycles More photo scavenger hunt

Friday, July 10, 2020

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MARKHAM, ON – July 10, 2020 – The City of Markham’s Cycling and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and The Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) at Clean Air Partnership is making it fun for people to get outside and get active on their bikes this summer while maintaining physical distance through Markham Cycles More. From July 8 until September 30, sign up for cycling challenges issued every two weeks to explore Markham by bike and share photos of your bike at designated photo stops on social media to be entered in a prize draw!
 
“I am extremely proud of Markham Council and staff for making it a priority to keep our parks and trails open during the COVID-19 pandemic, understanding that it is important for people to spend time outdoors,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “Cycling is a great way to keep fit and get some fresh air while allowing for physical distancing and staying safe during this pandemic,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “This exciting photo scavenger hunt celebrates all that our community has to offer and I encourage everyone to get involved.”
 
The inaugural theme is “Markham’s Major Trails + One". From July 8 to July 23, visit any of the six major trails found on Markham’s new cycling map:

  • the Berczy Park Bridge,
  • the Huntington Trail,
  • the Lake to Lake Trail in German Mills,
  • the Rouge National Urban Park (two locations: the Bob Hunter Park or the 19th Ave entrance), and
  • the Rouge Valley Trail Park (two locations: the bridge at Milne Dam or any bike repair station along the Rouge Valley trail).

The “+ One” refers to Enterprise Blvd, which is being opened only for cycling, walking and wheeling traffic on Sundays and statutory holidays throughout the summer, as part of Markham’s Get Active Covid-19 response initiatives. Details and maps of exact photo stop locations can be found at markhamcycles.ca/six-major-trails-plus-one. Prizes for this theme include a gift card to The Boiler Room bicycle shop. 

“People are showing more interest in cycling this summer becaue there’s less traffic and fewer organized activities,” says Markham Cycles Manager, Yvonne Verlinden. “People are also staying close to home for their summer vacations, so the Markham Cycles More initiative is a perfect way to get on your bike and explore new places in your own city.”

To participate in Markham Cycles More:

  • Sign up and set a summer cycling goal at www.markhamcycles.ca.
  • Explore Markham by bike in a city-wide photo scavenger hunt. Eight photo stop locations are announced every two weeks. These are spread across Markham and connected to a theme. Participants ride to any of the photo stops, take a photo of their bike at the location and submit it on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) using the hashtag #MarkhamCyclesMore and tagging @MarkhamCycles, or emailing it to markhamcycles@cleanairpartnership.org.
  • Submit a suggestion for improvements to Markham’s Cycling Network on social media or via e-mail. As the City continues to improve the trails, bike lanes and cycle tracks, City staff are looking for the public’s feedback on where infrastructure is missing and where adjustments and improvements can be made.

Participants can make multiple submissions (one per photo stop location). Each submission counts as one entry into the draw.

All submissions will be entered into a draw to win prizes from local Markham businesses. Draws will take place every two weeks, when a new theme and a new set of photo-stop locations will be announced.

Markham Cycles is a community bike hub run by The Centre for Active Transportation at Clean Air Partnership, an environmental charity. Typically located at the Milliken Mills Community Centre and Library, Markham Cycles is offering alternative programming during the Covid-19 closure.

The Cycling and Pedestrian Advisory Committee is an advisory committee of the City of Markham.

Markham’s Contact Centre continues to respond to inquiries about municipal services and programs at customerservice@markham.ca and 905.477.5530, Monday to Friday between 8 AM and 5 PM.

For more information and updates about COVID-19 and affected City services, visit markham.ca/covid19.

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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office:
Lama Nicolas, Senior Communications Advisor at lnicolas@markham.ca or 416.671.2890.

All other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Jennifer Yap, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations at jyap@markham.ca or 437.229.2450.

For COVID-19 announcements from the City of Markham:

Visit markham.ca/covid19 or listen to 105.9 The Region – Markham’s information and emergency radio station.

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 355,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 210 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards.

Stay Connected: Visit our newsroom or search #MarkhamNews and #MarkhamEvents for the latest information on City programs, services and events.

MARKHAM, ON – July 10, 2020 – The City of Markham’s Cycling and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and The Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) at Clean Air Partnership is making it fun for people to get outside and get active on their bikes this summer while maintaining physical distance through Markham Cycles More. From July 8 until September 30, sign up for cycling challenges issued every two weeks to explore Markham by bike and share photos of your bike at designated photo stops on social media to be entered in a prize draw!
 
“I am extremely proud of Markham Council and staff for making it a priority to keep our parks and trails open during the COVID-19 pandemic, understanding that it is important for people to spend time outdoors,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “Cycling is a great way to keep fit and get some fresh air while allowing for physical distancing and staying safe during this pandemic,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “This exciting photo scavenger hunt celebrates all that our community has to offer and I encourage everyone to get involved.”
 
The inaugural theme is “Markham’s Major Trails + One". From July 8 to July 23, visit any of the six major trails found on Markham’s new cycling map:

  • the Berczy Park Bridge,
  • the Huntington Trail,
  • the Lake to Lake Trail in German Mills,
  • the Rouge National Urban Park (two locations: the Bob Hunter Park or the 19th Ave entrance), and
  • the Rouge Valley Trail Park (two locations: the bridge at Milne Dam or any bike repair station along the Rouge Valley trail).

The “+ One” refers to Enterprise Blvd, which is being opened only for cycling, walking and wheeling traffic on Sundays and statutory holidays throughout the summer, as part of Markham’s Get Active Covid-19 response initiatives. Details and maps of exact photo stop locations can be found at markhamcycles.ca/six-major-trails-plus-one. Prizes for this theme include a gift card to The Boiler Room bicycle shop. 

“People are showing more interest in cycling this summer becaue there’s less traffic and fewer organized activities,” says Markham Cycles Manager, Yvonne Verlinden. “People are also staying close to home for their summer vacations, so the Markham Cycles More initiative is a perfect way to get on your bike and explore new places in your own city.”

To participate in Markham Cycles More:

  • Sign up and set a summer cycling goal at www.markhamcycles.ca.
  • Explore Markham by bike in a city-wide photo scavenger hunt. Eight photo stop locations are announced every two weeks. These are spread across Markham and connected to a theme. Participants ride to any of the photo stops, take a photo of their bike at the location and submit it on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) using the hashtag #MarkhamCyclesMore and tagging @MarkhamCycles, or emailing it to markhamcycles@cleanairpartnership.org.
  • Submit a suggestion for improvements to Markham’s Cycling Network on social media or via e-mail. As the City continues to improve the trails, bike lanes and cycle tracks, City staff are looking for the public’s feedback on where infrastructure is missing and where adjustments and improvements can be made.

Participants can make multiple submissions (one per photo stop location). Each submission counts as one entry into the draw.

All submissions will be entered into a draw to win prizes from local Markham businesses. Draws will take place every two weeks, when a new theme and a new set of photo-stop locations will be announced.

Markham Cycles is a community bike hub run by The Centre for Active Transportation at Clean Air Partnership, an environmental charity. Typically located at the Milliken Mills Community Centre and Library, Markham Cycles is offering alternative programming during the Covid-19 closure.

The Cycling and Pedestrian Advisory Committee is an advisory committee of the City of Markham.

Markham’s Contact Centre continues to respond to inquiries about municipal services and programs at customerservice@markham.ca and 905.477.5530, Monday to Friday between 8 AM and 5 PM.

For more information and updates about COVID-19 and affected City services, visit markham.ca/covid19.

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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office:
Lama Nicolas, Senior Communications Advisor at lnicolas@markham.ca or 416.671.2890.

All other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Jennifer Yap, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations at jyap@markham.ca or 437.229.2450.

For COVID-19 announcements from the City of Markham:

Visit markham.ca/covid19 or listen to 105.9 The Region – Markham’s information and emergency radio station.

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 355,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 210 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards.

Stay Connected: Visit our newsroom or search #MarkhamNews and #MarkhamEvents for the latest information on City programs, services and events.