The Future Is Bright

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“In Alberta, bike tourism is an emerging and growing opportunity. From the Rockies, to the hoodoos, to the prairies, there is stunning diversity in the scenery of our province.”

David Shepherd | @DShepYEG

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The future is bright! MLA Shepherd emphasizes that cycling tourism is exactly the kind of activity that we want to encourage here in the province. He went on to say that active transportation is a growing part of the systems that move Albertans. The MLA highlighted events such as the Tour of Alberta which caught the eye of more than 47 million international viewers who were seeing Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, the prairies, and the beautiful coulees around Lethbridge. Tourism companies are reporting increased numbers of international visitors, many of whom are coming here to bike in our cities and enjoy our wonderful landscapes.

“No matter where you look in the world it would be difficult to find any province, country, or region equal to the potential for accessibility of cycling than Alberta has to offer. Step out the front door here and you see we’re surrounded by this unparalleled natural beauty.”

The future is bright! Speaking to a packed room, MLA Shepherd stated that cycling tourism is exactly the kind of activity that we want to encourage here in the province. He went on to say that active transportation is a growing part of the systems that move Albertans around the province. The MLA spoke about events such as the Tour of Alberta which caught the eye of more 47 million international viewers who were seeing Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, the prairies, and the beautiful coulees around Lethbridge. Tourism companies are reporting increased numbers of international visitors, many of whom are coming here to bike in our cities and enjoy our wonderful landscapes.

In late 2016 MLA Shepherd introduced the Active Schools Week Act at the Alberta Legislature. The bill proposes to designate the first full week of October as Active Transportation Week when all Alberta schools would hold activities and events to encourage students to walk, bike or wheel to school. Studies show that when students get some exercise before school, they arrive more focused, energized and ready to learn. And at a time when both the rates of obesity and chronic disease are increasing and adding to the rising costs of health care, it’s essential that we encourage students to develop habits that will improve their physical and mental health.

“A province that is friendlier to cycling will benefit our overall climate change leadership strategy, it will attract tourists from around the world, and will help us have happier and healthier Albertans.”

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