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April 30, 2019
Grand opening of Douglas Carr Trail in Ingersoll

New multi-use trail provides a safe route for cycling between CAMI Automotive and nearby residential areas


On Saturday, May 11, join us for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the grand opening of the Douglas Carr Trail in Ingersoll, and to celebrate the health, economic and environmental benefits it brings to our community.

This new multi-use path, which runs along Ingersoll Street South, between Thomas Street and Clarke Road, is a joint project by Oxford County, the Town of Ingersoll, and General Motors of Canada Company (CAMI Assembly Plant), with financial assistance from the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) Ontario Municipal Commuter cycling (OMCC) program.

The new Douglas Carr Trail provides a safe cycling route between the CAMI Assembly Plant (and other nearby employers) to neighbouring residential areas. The project is supported by the Oxford County Cycling Advisory Committee, the Ingersoll Safe Cycling Committee, and it aligns with objectives in the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan.


     WHEN:

Saturday, May 11, 2019 – 11:00 a.m.

     WHERE:

CAMI Automotive – North Parking Lot

Ingersoll Street South

     WHO:

Local dignitaries, and staff from Oxford County, the Town of Ingersoll
and CAMI Automotive

     ITINERARY:

A brief presentation will be held shortly after 11:00 a.m. followed by light refreshments and an opportunity to take a walk/ride on the trail.



Background

In 2015, the Ingersoll Safe Cycling Committee and GM/CAMI Environmental Committee began a dialogue to explore creating a cycling infrastructure along Ingersoll Street South. In 2017, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation announced multi-year funding to support the implementation of commuter cycling infrastructure as part of its Cycling Strategy and Action Plan. This funding, along with contributions from Oxford County, the Town of Ingersoll and GM Canada Limited (CAMI Assembly Plant) made the Douglas Carr Trail possible.

The trail is named for Douglas Moser Carr, a lifelong Ingersoll resident who bicycled throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America between 1937 and 1939. He visited more than 41 countries on five continents throughout his journey, traveling approximately 70,000 miles. His bicycle and travel kit are on display at the Ingersoll Cheese and Agricultural Museum.



Contact

Donna Kemp | Strategic Communication & Engagement
519.539.9800, ext. 3158 | dkemp@oxfordcounty.ca