The weather is great. That perfect combination of sun, humidity and temperature that makes for great cycling weather. I, for one, would like to thank the MRC and the folks involved, and responsible for the upgrading and maintainance of the PPJ CycloParc.
Your work is admirable. I also appreciate the for-sight that has gone into an initiative of this sort. With the overall increase in cycle sports and the emphasis being put on non-motorized sports, tourism and transport you are looking ahead to the future. A future where the costs of motorized transport and sports are going to continue to rise. A future that recognizes the obesity epidemic we are facing and the increase in physical activity needed by all of us to deal with it.
Do a search online for “Cycle Tourism” and the numbers of posts that speak to its increase and benefits are numerous. With your work on the PPJ you have understood this. The improvements to the trail as well as its present listing as part of the “Route Vert” of Quebec attest to this.
Although my personal use of the PPJ as part of my regular commute in and from work includes less than 10km of the trail I look forward to this part of my journey every day that I ride. The opportunity to ride in a safe environment, away from the dust, noise and hazards of the regular public roads is a real treat. An added bonus are the natural habitats that I encounter en route. In the short section I use I encounter pastures, cultivated fields, open meadows, creeks, swamps, ponds, forest and of course small town neighbourhoods.
Traversing those habitats I relish the chance to watch wild flowers come and go with the seasons, to see and also hear the various birds as they come and go, encouter the varied forms of native wild life and of course to watch the trees change as they do winter through fall.
For helping to enhance this experience I again say “Thank You” to the MRC and those others who have worked so hard on the PPJ Trail presently and over the years.