BUFFALO, NY/FORT ERIE, ON – ( release) The Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority (Peace Bridge Authority) once again reminds local residents of the “Bike to the Bridge” campaign, which encourages non-vehicular border crossings and seeks to educate bicyclists and pedestrians on proper crossing procedures at the Peace Bridge facility. Such efforts include a combination of improved public outreach and information distribution, as well as continued promotion of current Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) document identification requirements.
“Every day at the Peace Bridge we welcome numerous bicyclists and pedestrians,” said Authority Chairman Anthony Annunziata. “And by educating additional area residents regarding border crossing identification requirements and procedures, we hope to encourage many more travelers to go green and experience the truly breathtaking views available to them of Lake Erie, the Niagara River, and the City of Buffalo skyline.”
A suite of promotional materials supporting the “Bike to the Bridge” campaign are available at www.peacebridge.com/biketothebridge. Such items include an instructional video on “how to cross” the bridge by bicycle, downloadable maps and pamphlets with travel routes, a complete listing of necessary identification requirements, as well as reference links for respective Canadian and American Customs agencies.
The Authority’s commitment to engaging and educating the Southern Ontario and Western New York bicycling communities through the “Bike to the Bridge” effort was selected this past year by The League of American Bicyclists to receive an official support citation.
According to Bike League Director of Communications Meghan Cahill, “this Peace Bridge event is a great image for our cooperative vision and work to create more bicycle-friendly countries – a North America that recognizes the benefits of bicycling for the environment, personal health, and improving quality of life.”
For more information on the Peace Bridge Authority, visit www.peacebridge.com.
The Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority, a binational authority, has owned and operated the Peace Bridge since 1933. The bridge, which was opened to traffic in 1927, spans the Niagara River between Fort Erie, Ontario, and Buffalo, New York, and is a key international border crossing. The Authority is governed by a 10 member board with an equal number of representatives from Canada and the United States. As an international compact and in accordance with its enabling legislation, the chairmanship alternates annually between Canada and the United States.