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Sudbury to Sault Ste. Marie bicycle route in the works

A proposed back-road bicycle route linking Sudbury with Sault Ste. Marie could be a boon for local businesses.

Tourism group aims to work with communities to help build bike trail system

A proposed back-road bicycle route linking Sudbury with Sault Ste. Marie could be a boon for local businesses.

That's the word from Ian McMillan, executive director of Tourism Sault Ste. Marie.

The organization is working on setting up a bicycle route that will get people off of Highway 17 and cycling through communities on the north shore instead.

McMillan said most of the route is already worked out.

"The next steps along the way would be to have appropriate signage, develop a map that outlines the route itself, plus all of the amenities and accomodations and events and attractions along the way," McMillan said.

"That's why — from a tourism perspective — we're involved. Because we think, if this is done correctly, it can have some great economic impacts on all the communities along the way."

McMillan said he expects to have a final report on the feasibility of the "Lake Huron-North Shore Bicycle Route" in hand by mid-summer.

He added that cycling along back roads is likely safer than biking on the trans-Canada highway.

"If we can create a route that is more scenic, more enjoyable, and casts some potential economic impact on communities along the way, then it's a win-win for everybody," he said.

He said the key will be working in tandem with all of the communities dotting the proposed map.