Ray Marentette Slow Rolls his Way!

By November 18, 2019Uncategorized

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Ray Marentette Slow Rolls his Way to the Phil Green Award

Nov 13, 2019

Today, Mississauga City Council awarded Ray Marentette with the Phil Green Recognition Award for 2018. Ray began Mississauga’s first Slow Roll program in Port Credit. This is a casual group ride for riders of all levels and ages who cycle together on a biweekly basis.

The Phil Green Recognition Award is presented annually by the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee (MCAC) to a person or persons who show exceptional initiative in promoting or furthering cycling or other forms of sustainable transportation in the City of Mississauga. Phil Green is a Mississauga resident who worked tirelessly to promote safe cycling and riding as an alternative to driving. He is also the founding member of MCAC.

“Ray is a shining example of a resident who is a self-starter and a leader in promoting cycling,” said Ward 3 Councillor Chris Fonseca, Chair of the MCAC. “He has more than tripled participation in his Port Credit Slow Roll from 13 people on his first ride to having an average of 50 riders. He has also encouraged others to begin a Slow Roll in Streetsville. He is an exceptional role model who has encouraged so many people to get on their bikes and give it a try.”

Marentette started bringing cyclists together for a biweekly casual 10 to 15 kilometre ride to enjoy the waterfront trail in Port Credit in the spring of 2018. When his rides gained popularity, he successfully received sponsorship from a local sporting goods store who supplied t-shirts for all of the Slow Roll riders.

For more information on the Phil Green award visit: mississaugabikes.ca/phil-green-award/

Photo cutline: Ray Marentette received the 2018 Phil Green Recognition award. L-R: Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Councillor Chris Fonseca, Ward 3 and chair of the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee, Stephen Dasko, Ward 1, Ray Marentette and Phil Green.