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Perfect weather shone on Bike the Creek 2016.

 

550 cyclists attended 3rd annual Bike the Creek for family fun ride through Brampton & Caledon’s spectacular valleys, trails, historic landmarks and quiet streets. The free event was aimed at encouraging people of all ages to discover the joys of cycling. Riders selected from routes ranging from 11 – 41km long.

Event partners City of Brampton, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Town of Caledon and BikeBrampton welcomed the record turnout of cyclists.

Title Sponsor Region of Peel Walk+Roll generously provided a free lunch, catered by Maple Lodge Farms and Wanigan Organic Fruits and Vegetable.

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It was a gorgeous hot day, so that Peel Walk+Roll metal water bottle prizes for answering cycling skill questions were well received by riders!

@Let’s Discover ON tweeted: “Thanks for the treats at #BikeTheCreek yesterday @WaniganFoods. Your basil lemon dressing was fantastic!”

@RangerLorie tweeted: “We really enjoyed their fresh salad @ #bikethecreek too.. Hope to see them back next year?”

@luv2campingmom tweeted: “Had a great time at #bikethecreek today. Thanks for lunch @MapleLodgeFarms”

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MPP Harinder Malhi (Brampton-Springdale) and Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry Kathryn McGarry MPP(Cambridge) welcomed cyclists on behalf of Ontario. #CycleON Ontario’s Cycling Strategy dovetails neatly into Climate Change Action Plan, cycle tourism and the recent Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program that will benefit both ends of Etobicoke Creek Trail, with grants matched by Brampton and Caledon.

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Dr. Eileen de Villa, Chief Medical Officer of Health, welcomed cyclists on behalf of Region of Peel. She challenged riders to incorporate Active Transportation into their daily lives for ongoing health benefits, not just for special events like Bike the Creek.

2016 014 BTC dignitary ribbon cutting official opening

Ribbon cutting to officially open Bike the Creek was performed by our dignitaries: MPP Jagmeet Singh (Bramalea-Gore-Malton), TRCA Director Chandra Sharma, Caledon Regional Councillor Ward 3&4 Jennifer Innis, Caledon Regional Councillor Ward 2 Johanna Downey, Brampton Fire Chief Michael Clark, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry Kathryn McGarry, Peel Paramedic Superintendent Sean Large, Dr. Eileen de Villa MOH, Brampton Regional Councillor Michael Palleschi, Caledon Mayor Allan Thompson and Peel Police Inspector Dan Richardson. MPP Malhi subsequently rode the Region of Peel’s Walk+Roll bicycle. Regional Commissioner Gilbert Sabat also participated in the ride.

2016 018 MC David Laing rider briefing

Master of Ceremonies David Laing, BikeBrampton, briefed riders on the route and safety.

2016 023 BTC Peel Police NPU Officers

Riders were accompanied by bike patrol officers from both Peel Region Police and Caledon OPP. City of Brampton Emergency Response organized the safety of our routes, St John Ambulance and the Emergency Command Post, which stayed connected to our excellent volunteers via walkie-talkies. We are thankful that cyclists stayed safe!

2016 112 BTC Wanigan booth Michele & Joanna

None of this could have happened without the dedication of our Bike the Creek planning committee. Michele Robinson, Brampton Recreation and Joanna Parsons, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA), pick up their vegie lunch from the ladies at our sponsor, Wanigan.

Committee members also included Tina Fernandes, Town of Caledon; Amanda Maula and Kathryn Trojan-Stemaszunki, Brampton Emergency Response; Antonietta Minichillo, Brampton Heritage; Nelson Cadete, Brampton Active Transportation; David Laing, BikeBrampton; and Dayle Laing, Brampton Cycling Advisory Committee & BikeBrampton. Advising as our Title Sponsor was Erica Duque, Peel Active Transportation.

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Bike Rodeo for the tots was ably run by the CAN-BIKE Instructors from Community Bike Centre and Brampton Cycling Advisory Committee.

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Silver Sponsor WIKE, the Walk & Bike Company has so many practical cycling products designed and manufactured in Guelph, Ontario, such as this sign trailer. They also make trailers for kids, dogs, cargo, golf, canoe and cool designs like “Newt”, “Frog”, “Salamander” and “Tadpole”. Ministry of Transportation provided BikeBrampton with a Road Safety Challenge grant to allow for the production of this 1-Metre Cycling Law banner.

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The Cyclepath Brampton, another of our Silver Sponsors, donated toward the printing of our Passports, which provided maps, natural and cultural heritage information, and the locations of our 10 pavillions along the Bike the Creek routes. Passports were designed by the creative team at TRCA.

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Our Silver Sponsor, North Hub Bike Shop in Bolton, provided mini-tuneups, aided by Wayne, compliments of City of Brampton. Eugene returned this year as our DJ.

2016 038 BTC C Innis Min McGarry TRCA Dir Sharma Stafford Woods Pavln

At the TRCA Stafford Woods Pavillion, Caledon Councillor Jennifer Innis, TRCA Director Chandra Sharma listen as Minister Kathryn McGarry conducts a speakerphone call from Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Eleanor McMahon (MPP Burlington). Minister McMahon was calling to wish us well on our ride!

2016 070 BTC Dir Sharma & Min McGarry Mayfield stormwater pond

TRCA Director Sharma and Minister McGarry examine the water quality and beauty of Mayfield stormwater pond.

2016 075 BTC family offering free drinks to riders & Min McGarry

Gracious and generous family offered free cold drinks to thirsty cyclists and Minister McGarry, as they passed through Kingfisher Park at Mayfield and Kennedy.

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@FazalGTA tweeted: “Memories of times gone by in #Brampton #bikethecreek”

@kemosite tweeted: “Learned over the weekend at #bikethecreek that Bovaird House is easily reachable by #bikebrampton #brampoli”

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Back at Jim Archdekin Recreation Centre, riders had their final passport stamp at the Peel Waste pavillion, where Sierra Club Peel volunteers and Peel Region Waste Management staff educated cyclists on how to sort their waste from the event.

Participants of this event filled 4 blue bins of recycled material, 3 green bins with organics & compostables and only 1 black bin of garbage/landfill material!

2016 105 BTC Brampton Flying Club prize winner

Our generous sponsors donated great prizes for our prize draw. Cyclists received a draw ticket for each passport stamp. This lucky rider won a lesson at the Brampton Flying Club!

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Our dozens of volunteers in their Bike the Creek red caps directed riders, worked the registration table, sold T-shirts, and handled whatever came their way!

SNAP’D Brampton posted Bike the Creek!

@almero tweeted: “Great biking today @ #bikethecreek. Thanks to all the organizers.”

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Lorie Johnson-Miller posted this photo & commented on Facebook:

“Bike the Creek 2016- Our first time… and was a Corporate Company event… our report on the 11km Family Ride Route… it was HOT today, and a little hillier than we’re used on the Ching. Trail…but SO WORTH IT!!! We loved the scenery, the TRCA stations were a nice addition for a nature fan such as myself, and the lay-out at the start/finish area was well received. Not to mention that the 6 hrs it took 12 volunteers to mark the routes.. showed, because it was VERY well marked! The addition of curb ramps for curb cuts were also a nice addition to the multi-use trail ride experience. All of the kids in our group loved all the free swag from folks at Region of Peel and Zum Bus! We REALLY enjoyed our FREE meals (with registration) the veg option was an amazing salad from www.wanigan-brampton.com organics, and Aidan my picky eater is still raving about the Maple Lodge Chicken thigh on a bun. GreenField support staff, family,and friends with our green team shirts we wore on our ride, and volunteers everywhere kept commenting on how they saw our shirts and our people (19 of us) all over the different routes. Would I do Bike the Creek 2017? heck ya! where do we sign up?”

2016 115 BTC sign take-down Lindy & Dayle

Hundreds of route signs removed. Thanks to everyone. See you next year…….

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