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EOTA on leading edge of tourism packaging
October 29, 2005

Getting the message out while riding safely on the trails.

EOTA on leading edge of ATV tourism packaging
 By RODGER HANNA The Tweed News
A new public awareness campaign was launched recently to help get the message out to ride safe while on the trails with your ATV. The campaign is a joint venture among the Central Hastings OPP, the Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance (EOTA), the Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Health Unit and the Community Policing Advisory Council (CPAC). The slogan for the campaign is "Be realistic ...not a statistic." It wants people who ride the trail networks to ride safely, slow down, wear a helmet and, most importantly, ride sober.

This area has seen a huge increase in the number of ATV riders on the trails in the past few years. The EOTA is a leader in the area of trail networks and the building and maintenance of trails, both in the summer and in the winter for snowmobiles. They currently maintain over 700 km of trails and have partnership with 12 municipalities, 12 user group clubs, 88 businesses and four destination marketing organizations.

An ATV ride was organized by the EOTA with representatives from Elliot Lake, Stirling-Rawdon, County of Hastings, City of Kawartha Lakes, ATV World Magazine , Central Hastings OPP and the Municipality of Tweed. The representatives from Elliot Lake came to Tweed to take a look at the EOTA?s trails and to also get some information that they can take back with them.

They noted that the terrain is different between Tweed and Elliot Lake but the trails are similar. The Elliot Lake area has 300 km of shared-use trails and Kawartha Lakes has 200 km for ATV use. The City of Kawartha Lakes was also visiting to check the trails and the way the EOTA operates them and what they can do.

There were 14 ATVs on the ride to Crookston and back, roughly a 16 mile trip. The trail ride also gave those individuals who are not familiar with riding ATVs the chance to experience the ride on the trail and how enjoyable a day on the trails can be. Stops were made a different locations on the trail showing the scenery of this area, and especially the new picnic area overlooking Palmateer Lake, approximately three miles west of Tweed.

Representatives were also interested in how the OPP patrols the trails. Central Hastings OPP Staff Sergeant Peter Valiquette noted that several programs have been initiated that include Operation Lookout which has been adapted from the waterways to the trails. With the programs that are being launched and have been launched, "It is a positive safety message," Valiquette said. They are getting the message out and because of this, there have been no serious accidents. The "Be realistic ...not a statistic" slogan is hitting the schools with posters so the students can see the message as it can reinforce the safety issue. The Central Hastings OPP CPAC funded two ATVs for the OPP to patrol the trails.

The EOTA , under the ATVOntario banner, partners with Elliot Lake,Cochrane, Mattawa and Parry Sound to offer an ATV adventure for tourists looking for a different type of holiday. Among them, there are over 1,400 km of maintained and mapped trail systems.

With the growth of the ATV and riders travelling the network, EOTA is on the forefront of making a trail-riding experience and for its partners, making that experience a safe one.


 



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