The County of Essex is making it easier to walk and cycle in our community!!

CWATS, the County Wide Active Transportation System, is a travel strategy for pedestrians and cyclists. New cycle paths are being built and new pedestrian safety and accessibility features are being installed on a regular basis.

Bikers riding along ERCA trailThis plan was created with the dedicated effort of our partners and so many members of the community. The on-going collaboration with our Local Municipalities has helped the County develop a CWATS network that will connect people to local active transportation facilities and places of interest around the Windsor-Essex Region. CWATS facilities and programs will help people live more active lifestyles, enabling them to "Walk, Ride, County Wide." Once completed, routes in all of our local towns, ERCA trails, City of Windsor and the Municipality of Chatham-Kent will be connected.

We have a lot of work to do. Right now, County roads include approximately 252 km of paved shoulders, cycle paths, signed routes and off-road paths like multi-purpose trails for people to walk or ride on. An additional 534 km of facilities are still required to build a complete network.

CWATS is a forward looking initiative that enhances our transportation system and supports our broader community vision of giving people opportunity to get active and enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds of Essex County.

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