The City of Mississauga, following a report, recommended by the General Committee, continues to host the Tour de Mississauga with SustainMobility and the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee (MCAC).
Tour de Mississauga, currently in its 11th year, is one of the largest cycling events in Ontario, since its inception in 2007.
“Since its start in 2007, The Tour de Mississauga has motivated thousands of residents to cycle and has become one of Canada’s largest community cycling events,” said Geoff Wright, Commissioner, Transportation and Works. “As a City, we continue to pursue our goal of growing cycling for commuting, recreation and exercise. By partnering with SustainMobility and MCAC this gives us the opportunity to reach a broader group of cyclists while we look for a more permanent solution for operating the tour.”
The GC report recommends enlisting SustainMobility to help organize the tour for $51,655, which will be funded through the City’s existing operating budget and a $9,827 profit the 2017 tour. The Region of Peel will also grant an additional $15,000 2018 operating expenses.
The report also recommends that staff seek longer term funding to bring in a third party to help manage Tour de Mississauga from 2019 onwards.
“The Tour de Mississauga is designed to promote and attract families and cyclists of all skill levels to ride in and explore the City of Mississauga,” said Chris Fonseca, Ward 3 Councillor and MCAC member. “The tour is a popular event that has attracted up to 3,800 riders and there is so much opportunity to continue to grow cycling in Mississauga.”
City Council will review the recommendations at their April 11 Council meeting.
For information, visit: www.mississauga.ca