Bike the Creek Friendly Connections

Bike the Creek Bicycle Friendly Connections & Aboriginal Day were our 2018 themes.

We were blessed with liquid sunshine amidst brief almost dry spells. Faces shone on happy riders who came out to experience new trail connections and the three official ceremonies for 2018.

Town Route riders gathered at Jim Archdekin Recreation Centre to listen to Bike the Creek Planning Committee Chair David Laing give the Rider Safety Briefing. Town Route – 46km, City Loop Route 40km, Nature Route 26km, Family Route 12km

Bike the Creek 2018 riders
Jamie Stuckless & MOH Jessica Hopkins

Bike the Creek Partners City of Brampton, Town of Caledon, Toronto and Region Conservation, and BikeBrampton were pleased to welcome dignitary riders: Share the Road Executive Director Jamie Stuckless and Peel Medical Officer of Health Dr. Jessica Hopkins.

BTC 2018

Brampton Councillors Doug Whillans and Jeff Bowman stopped by to wish the riders well before the start.

David Laing & MOH Jessica Hopkins

David Laing and Region of Peel MOH Dr. Jessica Hopkins, almost ready to start their rides!

Caledon & Peel MOH

Caledon Mayor Allan Thompson, Caledon Regional Councillor Johanna Downey, Dr. Jessica Hopkins and her partner all cycled to the first stop in Heart Lake Conservation Area. Also cycling was TRCA Director Chandra Sharma (not shown here). Three of the rides used the newly constructed northern trail into the park.

TRCA pavilion

TRCA welcomed riders and stamped their passport maps at Heart Lake Pavilion. (Some riders had picked up mud by this point….)

Greenfield Global

Lorie and her corporate team of riders from Greenfield Global took the Nature Ride into Heart Lake Conservation Area.

Medicine Wheel Garden, HLCA

Director Chandra Sharma brought TRCA greetings to the Indigenous Elder’s Official Ceremony at the Medicine Wheel Garden in Heart Lake Conservation Area. Councillor Johanna Downey and other cycling dignitaries looked on.

BTC Medicine Wheel Garden

Bike the Creek riders present were honoured to witness the Official Ceremony and Drum Circle. The Canoe Garden and Medicine Wheel Garden are beyond the TRCA tent.

At this point, volunteers Wayne Noble and David Laing led some dignitaries headed north into Caledon. Volunteer Dayle Laing led other dignitaries south in Brampton. Volunteer Polly Thornham led dignitary Peel Associate Director of Health Dr. Lawrence Loh south as he jogged pushing his children in a carriage.

TRCA Director Chandra Sharma speaking at Official Opening Ceremony of Caledon bridge, connecting Southfields and Valleywood communities. To Chandra’s left are Councillor Barb Shaughnessey, Sylvia Jones MPP Dufferin-Caledon and Mayor Allan Thompson.

Caledon ribbon cutting ECT

Caledon bridge Official Ribbon Cutting CeremonyMP Sylvia Jones, TRCA Senior Project Manager Vince D’Elia, Mayor Allan Thompson, Wayne Noble, Councillor Johanna Downey, TRCA Director Chandra Sharma – Tweet photos courtesy of Councillor Downey

Caledon booth BTC

Badlands Pavilion, located at Spirit Tree Estate Cidery. Susan from Caledon Tourism displays Caledon Cycling maps. Pumpkin doughnuts were provided FREE for riders from our sponsor Downey’s Farm. Sponsor Spirit Tree Estate Cidery provided non-alcoholic cider and bars.

Badlands pavilion

Badlands Pavilion, Serguei staffed Region of Peel’s booth showing new cycling infrastructure on Olde Baseline Road and the work done on the Badlands Parking lot.

Caledon BTC

Caledon Pavilion, located near John Clarkson Park. Nicole from Parks & Recreation provided riders with homemade cookies complements of our sponsor Butter & Cup, and pumpkin doughnuts, complements of our sponsor Downey’s Farm. Dignitaries include Caledon OPP, David Laing, TRCA Director Chandra Sharma, Councillor Johanna Downey, volunteer Wayne Noble, Councillor Nick de Boer, Mayor Allan Thompson, MPP Sylvia Jones.

Heart Lake Road before bike lane

South on Heart Lake Road temporary bike lane. A road permit closed the southbound lane to accommodate riders travelling north on the City Loop Ride and south on the Nature Ride.

Jamie Stuckless, Franceschini bridge

Share the Road Executive Director Jamie Stuckless on newly refurbished Franceschini bridge over Hwy#410

MOH Jessica Hopkins

MOH Dr. Jessica Hopkins discussing Franceschini bridge with Brampton Landscape Architect Jake Mete (slightly behind), and Brampton Senior Manager Transportation Planning Henrik Zbogar, and Dr. Hopkin’s partner.

Brampton Parks BTC

Brampton Parks Franceschini bridge Pavilion – Jessica, volunteer and the Artist of the gorgeous bridge deck design!

Brampton AT BTC

Brampton Active Transportation booth, Franceschini bridge – Tamara featured the new Brampton Cycling Guide maps!

Franceschini bridge

Franceschini bridge – City Loop riders travelling west, Nature Riders travelling east. Bridge provides link between east and west sides of Esker Lake Trail. The LED lighting system along the top railing, turns different colours at night. There is an Eco-Counter that logs pedestrian and cycling traffic!

Franceschini bridge by Herman Custodio

Official Opening of Franceschini Bridge over Hwy#410, copyright photo courtesy of Herman Custodio Creative Photography (Facebook page). Thanks Herman, you make everyone look good!

Pendergast log house

The dignitary south group stopped at Historic Bovaird House, where Chairman Michael Avis and his team explained the history behind Pendergast Log House, slated for official opening on July 1st.

Bike the Creek lunch

Region of Peel’s Walk+Roll Peel was the Title Sponsor, providing lunch funding. Hungry returning cyclists and volunteers enjoyed BBQ Gourmet catering back at Jim Archdekin.

BTC waste sorting

ZERO WASTE EVENT! Region of Peel hosted the final Pavillion Sierra Club waste diversion team volunteers did an awesome job of collecting and sorting event waste. The food caterer provided compostable dishes. Peel Public Works Waste Management Statistics:

Organics collected: 80kg

Recycling collected: 50kg

Garbage collected: 30kg

Excellent Diversion rate 81.25%

Chandra Sharma, David Laing, MP Sonia Sidhu BTC

Sonia Sidhu MP Brampton-South, welcomes returning riders TRCA Director Chandra Sharma and David Laing – photo courtesy Sonia’s Twitter feed.

BTC Caledon

Volunteer Wayne Noble, David Gilies, Sylvia Jones MPP Dufferin-Caledon, Mayor Allan Thompson.

BTC Jamie Stuckless
Moh Jessica Hopkins BTC

Jamie Stuckless brought greetings from Share the Road Cycling Coalition, on the value of our Bicycle Friendly Connections theme, celebrating our new cycling infrastructure and that both Brampton and Caledon have their Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community status.

Dr. Jessica Hopkins, Region of Peel’s Chief Medical Officer of Health spoke about the value of activity for our physical and mental health, and the value of our having a built environment that encourages this activity.

David Laing, Ruby Sahota MP

Ruby Sahota MP Brampton North brought greetings and a plaque on behalf of the Federal Parliament, that recognizes the benefit of the “new cycling infrastructure that gives people greater ability to reduce their carbon footprint while also being physically active”.

Sara Singh MPP BTc

Sara Singh MPP Brampton Centre brought greetings on behalf of the Province of Ontario. Master of Ceremonies, TRCA Project Manager Elizabeth Oakley.

Mayor Thompson BTC
Clr Palleschi BTc

Mayor Allan Thompson brought greetings from partner Town of Caledon, continuing the friendly rivalry between the two communities.

Regional Councillor Michael Palleschi brought greetings from partner City of Brampton and returned the friendly challenge of Caledon.

Chandra Sharma, MP Ruby Sahota BTc

Jaime Stuckless, Kevin Montgomery, Chandra Sharma, Ruby Sahota sharing Bike the Creek fun!

BTC dignitaries

Peel Regional Police Constable, Share the Road Executive Director Jamie Stuckless, Brampton Regional Councillor Michael Palleschi, TRCA Director Chandra Sharma, Ruby Sahota MP Brampton-North, MOH Dr. Jessica Hopkins, Sara Singh MPP Brampton-Centre, David Laing, Dayle Laing.

PRP & Sara Singh MPP

Peel Regional Police Constable discusses Crime Prevention with MPP Sara Singh.

PRP crime prevention

Sponsor Peel Regional Police Crime Prevention booth registered bicycle serial numbers for their anti-theft program.

Velofix Caledon BTC

Sponsor Velofix Caledon worked non-stop on repairs from their truck (booth). They were called out on 2 occasions to assist riders on the routes.

Trainsmart Wellness BtC

Sponsor Trainsmart Wellness booth provided mini-massages and contributed to our prize draw.


Sponsor PAMA (Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archives) booth hosted craft activities for children (and those young at heart). Our BCAC Bike Rodeo was cancelled due to wet pavement, as per safety protocol.

Peel Walk + Roll BTc

Title Sponsor Walk + Roll Peel booth was well staffed, featuring Bike Month Brampton and Caledon free t-shirts and cycling prizes for riders answering safety skills-testing questions!

Orange Theory Fitness BTc

Sponsor Orange Theory Fitness booth provided passes for their location. Their bright orange booth brightened our day!

Wayne Henry BTC

City of Brampton engaged Wayne Henry to perform bike tuning / basic repairs.

Bike the Creek planning committee appreciates generous sponsorship from WIKE, the Walk & Bike CompanyCaledon Hills Cycling and The Cyclepath Brampton.

Bike the Creek was pleased to include Peel Memorial Wellness Centre Pavillion and Historic Bovaird House Pavilion.

BTC father & daughter

Rain did not stop the keen cyclists of Bike the Creek!

BTC cyclist & his dog

Brampton Grow Green BEAC booth volunteer Trevor set to depart with his trusty companion at end of event.

BTC Brampton

Bike the Creek Planning Committee members Emma and Nelson – wow, we did it!