BikeBrampton Celebrates 10 Years

The biggest change over the last 10 years is the culture shift. When we started BikeBrampton in 2013, seeing a cyclist was so rare we took a photo! Now we see cyclists every day!

People ride bikes not only for recreation on a weekend afternoon. They ride to work, to do errands, to visit friends and family. They ride in good weather and when it rains and snows. They ride on the trails. They ride on the roads. They ride on bike lanes. They even ride on sidewalks when they technically shouldn’t… However, that reflects education and how safe folks feel on the infrastructure that is continually improving.

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Cycling Chronicles Vol 14

Sometimes we have an image in our minds of what we look like, which does not exactly correspond with how other people see us. This is a story of how this, totally by chance, happened to me. The fact that I saw a picture and yet did not recognize myself in the image, still makes me wonder how many obvious things I have seen in my life, and not recognized what I was seeing. Of course, this story also involves cycling.

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BikeWrx 2022 Success

Integrating BikeWrx into the Brampton Community

BikeBrampton integrates the Brampton Bike Hub and Caledon Bike Hub BikeWrx programs into the community through partnerships. This encourages new and existing cyclists to consider riding. Learning basic bike repair skills empowers people to ride for transportation and to venture longer distances. Having help with route planning removes another barrier to cycling.

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Bike the Creek 8th Annual

Cycling Chronicles Vol 13

Becoming a Randonneur.

How far is too far? With cycling, this is an open-ended question. My friend has ridden his bike around the world. That is taking it to extremes. To bring it down to a relatable context, my question was how far could I ride in a single day, during daylight hours.

I had already done Brampton to London a number of times; Brampton to St. Catharines; round trips from Brampton to Kitchener; and Brampton to Hamilton. It was time to set my sights on something more extreme. I settled on Brampton to Kingston.

Plans were made. I would need to make the attempt on a day with the longest amount of daylight hours. This would be around the 21st of June. I checked my work schedule and found I was off on two weekdays, which happened to be the 22nd and 23rd of June. The next thing I needed was a place to stay. My research indicated the perfect place for my purposes would be Queen’s University, the Victoria College residence. Not only was it conveniently located, but it was only $25 a night during the summer. The only part that was now out of my control was the weather. To my great relief, that particular week arrived with a favourable forecast, so the ride was on.

On the continent of Europe, a sport became popular in the late 19th century that involved day long challenge rides, or brevets, between two cities. The first recorded event was the challenge of riding from Rome to Naples, a distance of 230 km, during daylight hours. Riders in this type of event referred to themselves as ‘audax’ (audacious). Eventually it became organized enough to require regulations. This led to a sport referred to as audax and, commonly in this country, “randonneuring”. These amateur events, which start at 200 km, evolved into outrageously long multi-day events, stretching to 1200 km and beyond. Riders suffer through these organized events, which are time limited, for a certificate and the official title of “randonneur”. This was going to be my humble attempt at becoming an unofficial randonneur.

In the early 1990s I was riding a Japanese 1990 Miyata Ti6000. From one of the original Japanese bicycle manufacturers, founded in the last century, this bike consisted of titanium main tubes mated with 6000 series aluminum forks and rear triangle. The bike was assembled using aerospace bonding technology with cast aluminum lugs. There was no paint applied to this frame, it was polished metal with a clear coat finish. In my biased opinion, it was one of the most beautiful bikes ever produced. The components were Shimano Ultegra, with Wolber aero rims. Concessions to comfort were a saddle with a gel layer in it and the natural compliance of the frame.

My kit consisted of a set of hex keys, a map of Ontario, flip flops, some toiletries, my wallet, and a spare T-shirt. This was all jammed into a fanny pack. I actually had a failure plan. If I had to bail out, I was going to ride to the nearest train station, where my bike and I would take the rails home.

The first part of my route took me east across the city of Toronto in a step-down pattern of streets until I met up with Kingston Road in Scarborough. This route was not complicated. I would just basically follow the same road, designated Highway 2, mirroring Lake Ontario, all the way to Kingston. The Greater Toronto Area seemed to stretch on forever, as I rode for hours through Scarborough, Ajax, Whitby, and Oshawa, finally reaching some country riding. The weather was nice, and the miles ticked away. It was not until the approach to Trenton that I felt the gradual draining of energy, which I knew all to well as a precursor to the dreaded “bonk”. I was still many kilometres from my goal.

The bonk is the complete depletion of usable glycogen in the human body. There is little to no usable energy, so your body must start to convert stored fat to usable fuel. In marathon running, it is referred to as “hitting the wall”. The feeling is one of extreme fatigue where your body does not respond, and you start going slower and slower. I had tried to prevent this by eating during the ride but had obviously not succeeded in fueling correctly.

I cruised into downtown Trenton on fumes and felt defeated. Resigning myself to almost certain failure, I stopped at a variety store to ask directions to the train station. As soon as I entered the store, my eyes fell upon a two-litre bottle of “C-Plus”, in the glass front cooler. I was overwhelmed with a desire to have that bottle. I asked for the directions and bought the bottle of “C-Plus”. As soon as I was outside, I cracked open the bottle and took a long swig. The effects were almost instantaneous, I immediately felt better, and my energy seemed to be coming back. I did not know how long my energy would last, but with renewed hope, I resumed my route, holding a two-litre bottle of pop in one hand. I nursed off that bottle for several kilometres before it was drained. Fortunately, at this point, a gentle tail wind developed, and I began to ride a steady pace. It was not easy. In fact, I remember my vision would periodically blur with the effort during the remaining kilometres. Once I saw the Kingston city limit signs, my spirits were buoyed, and I relaxed as I slowly glided through the city streets, to Queen’s University.

I checked in at Victoria College and headed out for dinner for some much-needed sustenance. When I returned to my lodgings, the concierge informed me that I would be the sole occupant on the second floor of the residence. Once I learned that, I took the opportunity to ride a victory lap around the hallways of the second floor before riding into the communal shower area for a much-needed shower.

The next day I woke up with the sun, to begin the challenging return ride to Brampton. I tried to pay more attention to fueling as I did not want to be caught short again. This day ended up bringing a different challenge, as it was much warmer than the previous day. I ended up taking shade breaks under trees at various spots along the route.

In the early evening, hours before sunset, I happily road into my driveway. During a long shower I realized that I had lost the feeling in three of the fingers on each hand and in my nether regions. To my relief, feeling would return to all parts of my body within three days.

The results were: 11 ½ hour journey to Kingston and a 12 ½ hour journey back to Brampton. At the time I was not running a computer on my bike, so with modern methods I calculate my route distance to be 284 km, each way.

My efforts might seem inconsequential to the giants of the sport, but I will always remember these two days fondly, as the time I became an unofficial randonneur.

by Steve Stoller

Previous blog posts by Steve:

Cycling Chronicles Vol 12

Cycling Chronicles Vol 11

Cycling Chronicles Vol 10

Cycling Chronicles Vol 9

Cycling Chronicles Vol 8

Cycling Chronicles Vol 7

Cycling Chronicles Vol 6

Cycling Chronicles Vol 5

Cycling Chronicles Vol 4

Cycling Chronicles Vol 3

Cycling Chronicles Vol 2

Cycling Chronicles Vol 1 

Cycling Chronicles Vol 12

Riding one hundred miles is considered a milestone achievement for cyclists and has been for some time.

It may be considered a random number, especially since Canada has long switched over to the metric system. Other sports have milestone achievements that are also quite random. The marathon, at 26 miles and 385 yards, is a totally random number, even when converted to a metric measurement of 42.2 kilometres. In fact, the distance from Marathon to Athens is more like 40 kilometres. The shift to the standardized distance we have today is rumoured to be at the whim of the British Royal family. I digress.

The point is, that every sport, from hockey to cricket, has some sort of milestone achievement attached to it, which ends up being a measure of an aficionado’s skill or ability. So, one hundred miles, it is. For those on the inside, it is called a century.

My cycling friend Olav was always one to dive into a sport or hobby with as much academic passion as his studies. According to his reading about cycling, if we wanted to be considered cyclists, we would have to do a ride of at least one hundred miles. After some consultation, which may have involved fortified beverages, a plan was hatched.

My sister was attending the University of Western Ontario in London, as well as working as a manager in campus security. Not only would she be there to meet us, but she could also provide accommodations, free of charge (we were both students, after all). London, Ontario, we both believed would fit the bill, as it was more than one hundred miles away from Brampton. So, I made the arrangements to leave Brampton on a sunny Saturday morning in 1980.

Olav was riding a 1977 Raleigh Competition GS that he had purchased used through an advertisement in the newspaper. His biked oozed European cool, with its Reynolds 531 double butted frame, Campagnolo drive train, Weinman brakes, Weinman ultra thin concave rims, and a Brooks professional saddle.

I, on the other hand, was riding one of the better bikes in the CCM line up: a 1979 CCM Seville. With its long wheelbase, I believed it rode like a Cadillac Seville. CCM stood for Canadian Cycle and Motor, a company like Raleigh, that could trace its lineage back to the early days of cycling. My bike was constructed of an unspecified alloyed steel tubing and equipped with the first iteration of Shimano 600 componentry, with non-heat-treated Araya rims.

We got away early, by 7:30 a.m., I remember. The weather was nice, with very little wind, great conditions for a bike ride. My preparations, for unsupported touring, consisted of a cheap nylon handlebar bag, with everything in it I thought I would need for two days. I had put the tools I might need, an Ontario road map, toiletries, wallet, and a spare T-shirt in the bag. Once loaded on the bike, I had doubts that the sagging bag was going to hold up for the entire journey.  My solution was to wind a length of cotton rope around the bag and the handlebar. This limited my hand positions and meant I would have to take it all apart to access anything in the bag, but at least it kept the rattling to a minimum.

We made our way south, zigzagging through rural concessions with little traffic, before reaching our main vector, Highway 5. Things became concentrated on this more heavily traveled road, as we ran a two-man pace line. This was a practice we were both used to, and would run our tires within millimetres of each other, to take full advantage of the draft. Cycling in the slipstream of another cyclist can reduce your effort by a large percentage. Of course, you take your turn at the front, but overall, two cyclists working together will be faster than a cyclist on their own.

Our break spot, which was preplanned, was the quaint town of Paris, Ontario. Once we were both fortified with submarine sandwiches from a local shop, I searched out a variety store to find a Paris postcard. I wrote a clever message on the back and we both signed it. I addressed it to a mutual friend of ours, Karen, with the inscription, “We will always have Paris”.

The rest of the journey was uneventful, just grinding out miles, well within both of our capabilities. We met up with my sister and had a tour of the campus, which was relatively unpopulated for the summer months. We met some of her friends and socialized for the evening, probably going to bed too late.

The next day, the weather was again sunny, to my relief. However, we were going to be headed into the wind. Not a strong wind, but a head wind, none the less. In these conditions, drafting became more crucial than ever. It was a long grind into the wind and the effort began to take its toll on both of us.

At the Oakville/Mississauga border, miscommunication at an intersection, combined with incredibly close drafting, led to a crash between us. I came out of it without a scratch on myself or my bike. Unfortunately, Olav ended up with a broken rear drop out adjustment screw and a tear in his cycling shorts. The shorts were practically brand new. We had a few words, as to who was responsible for the crash, before continuing on our way in silence. Even when we reached our parting point, we barely mumbled goodbyes.

I remember dinner that night never tasted so good and my bed was so comfortable, I slept like a log. As for Olav and me, we had been friends for so long, the next time we spoke, we were able to joke and laugh about the crash. To this day, I still feel badly about his brand new cycling shorts getting ripped.

One thing we will always share is our transition from bicycle riding pretenders, to serious wheelmen, who have completed a century.

by Steve Stoller

Previous blog posts by Steve:

Cycling Chronicles Vol 11

Cycling Chronicles Vol 10

Cycling Chronicles Vol 9

Cycling Chronicles Vol 8

Cycling Chronicles Vol 7

Cycling Chronicles Vol 6

Cycling Chronicles Vol 5

Cycling Chronicles Vol 4

Cycling Chronicles Vol 3

Cycling Chronicles Vol 2

Cycling Chronicles Vol 1

BikeWrx Pop-ups (Bike Repair)

Are you ready to ride with confidence? Circle your calendar with these BikeWrx pop-up schedules for Brampton and Caledon!

Services at these events include free Region of Peel bike bell and light installation, ABC Quick checks, basic repairs, bike and helmet fittings, route planning, trail etiquette.

BikeWrx pop-up 2021

Brampton Pop-Up Event Schedule *

Saturday April, 23                    Fred Kline| 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Saturday April, 23                    Norton Place Park | 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Tuesday May, 03                     Algoma | 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Thursday May, 05                    Algoma | 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Wednesday June, 01               Bramalea Secondary School | 2:15 PM – 6:00 PM
Friday June, 03                        Massey St. Public School | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday June, 18                   Bike the Creek | 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Tuesday June, 21                    Flower City Campus | 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Friday June, 24                       Sir John A Macdonald Park | 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Saturday June, 25                   Farmers Market | 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Sunday June, 26                     Sir John A Macdonald | 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Saturday July, 02                    Farmers Market | 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Tuesday July, 05                    Creditview Sandalwood Park | 5:30PM – 8:30PM
Sunday July, 10                      Chinguacousy | 12:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Friday July, 15                        Chinguacousy | 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Saturday July, 16                    Farmers Market | 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Sunday July, 17                      Mount Royal Park | 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Monday July, 18                     Mount Royal Park | 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Sunday July, 31                      Carabram Park | 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Tuesday August, 02               Carabram Park | 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Saturday August, 27              Chris Gibson | 12:00 PM – 3:30 PM CANCELLED
Sunday August, 28                Chris Gibson | 12:00 PM – 3:30 PM CANCELLED
Saturday September, 03        Farmers Market | 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Sunday September, 04          Homestead Park | 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Tuesday September, 06         Algoma – Fall Orientation | 11 AM – 1 PM
Wednesday September, 07    Fallingdale P.S.  | 2:15 PM – 6:00 PM
Saturday September, 17        Chinguacousy Park | 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Saturday September, 24         Art Spin – Downtown | 11 AM – 1 PM

Caledon Pop-up Event Schedule *

Saturday July 09, 10:00am – Southfields Recreation Centre
Saturday August 06, 9:00am – Caledon East, Caledon Trailway
Sunday August 7, 9:00am – Inglewood, Caledon Trailway
Thursday August 11, 5:00pm – Caledon East, Caledon Trailway
Sunday August 14, 9:00am – Palgrave, Caledon Trailway CANCELLED
Thursday August 25, 5:00pm – Palgrave, Caledon Trailway CANCELLED
Thursday September 01, 5:00pm – Inglewood, Caledon Trailway
Saturday September 10, 9:00am-12:30pm – Palgrave, Caledon Trailway

*Dates are subject to Public Health measures as per COVID-19 reopening guidelines

Bike the Creek 2022

Register for Bike the Creek, the 8th annual regional signature ride through Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga!

REGISTRATION OPEN #bikethecreek22

Bike the Creek is an awesome FREE community event held on June 18th. It raises awareness on the benefits of cycling and how active transportation is essential to building a healthy and sustainable community. Established in 2014, the event is planned with partners, BikeBrampton, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), City of Brampton, Town of Caledon and City of Mississauga. This event attracts over 1000 cycling enthusiasts and engages over 50 volunteers from the community.

Bike the Creek Cycling Jerseys:

Jakroo Canada virtual store is open for your Bike the Creek Jersey order! Our custom jerseys are on sale until May 12th 2:59am. Estimated delivery May 30th to your address, via FedEx. Signature required. Anyone can purchase an event jersey from Jakroo Canada Inc. at a cost of $61.00, available in youth, women and men sizes. Technical t-shirt available at $46.00. Great for a gift or for yourself! To see a 3-D sample of the Bike the Creek jersey, click here. Sizing chart available in the virtual store.

BtC 2022 jersey

Bike the Creek benefits

Whether you can ride 5 or 65 kilometres, this event is for you! It’s not a race. It’s a community party where you can enjoy nature, see friends, make new ones and enjoy yourself. Kids can try out the Bike Rodeo.

Bike the Creek 2020 map

Visit our booths at Jim Archdekin, and stop at the pavilions along the way. Here’s a small sample of sponsors and vendors, and there will be many more!

Bike the Creek 2020 sponsors

Stop to scan the QR code posters to learn about civic facts and BikeBrampton’s video safety tips!

Bike the Creek QR codes


2022 Bike the Creek delegation to Council

Dayle and David delegated on behalf of BikeBrampton to City of Brampton Council.

Pedalwise Mentor Call Out

Call out for Pedalwise Mentors. 

Join Apr 27th or May 2nd, 6:30–8:00pm for our Pedalwise information sessions. Brampton & Caledon Bike Hub needs experienced cyclists!

About You: 
You are comfortable biking on the road and are interested in building up your community through cycling in Brampton. You know some of the safer streets to ride on in your area and want to share them with others who live there too. While strong cycling skills and knowing multiple languages is an asset, you are primarily concerned about connecting with people for where they are at and supporting them where they want to go. You have felt that sense of freedom that riding a bicycle brings and knows how it helps the environment and promotes health and wellness. You want to learn how you can use biking as a tool for building up your community and make friends along the way.
Position Summary:
Mentors are paired with protégés in your neighbourhood that want to grow their cycling knowledge and skill. After attending an information session and up to two rides with our team, you will assess the confidence and skill for each protégé and go on rides together. Successful mentors will remain in contact with their protégés and create cycling opportunities to help them achieve their personal objectives. The Brampton and Caledon Bike Bub will support these rides by providing free equipment and skills training.
Responsibilities and Duties:
• Take protégés out for rides (one-on-one or in a group)
• Maintain a safe, inclusive, and fun environment during rides
• Attend monthly check-ins with other mentors
• Attend up to two riding workshops
• Provide mentor support for up to ten Pedalwise protégés
o Assess current skill and confidence level and customize a mentor program for each protégé that may include which may include route planning and skills training
o Agree on communication frequency, ride frequency, duration and degree of difficulty

Qualifications and Skills:
• Enthusiastic to support protégés while they develop at their own pace
• Over 17 years of age
• Knowledge and confidence riding a bicycle on roads (it is not necessary to be a cycling expert)
• Fluency in English. Ability to speak South Asian languages is an asset
• Interpersonal skills including active listening and empathy
• Eager to initiative in maintaining contact with protégés over text, email, and phone
• Resides in Caledon or Brampton

What You Can Expect:
You will help lead bi-weekly group rides in your area and/or go on one-on-one rides with your neighbours to help them enhance their skills riding a bicycle? Typically, most protégés are new to the city and are looking to become familiar with the road rules, learn safer routes, and gain confidence riding on the rode. Unless you are comfortable or have experience teaching adults to ride, you will not be assigned to them. Less experienced protégés require more attention. For in-person activities, mentors and protégés must physically distance and ensure they always have their mask.
• Our mentors tell us how rewarding it is to see their protégés start from minimal confidence and skill, to exceeding their goals. With this opportunity, you will improve the health, well-being, and happiness of your protégés while building a sense of community.
• Join a community of like-minded volunteers, mentors, and staff and gain access to networking opportunities.
• Access to free equipment and discounted membership to the DIY bike hub in Downtown Brampton.
About the Brampton and Caledon Bike Hub
The Brampton Bike Hub and Caledon Bike Hub, offered in partnership with BikeBrampton and Punjabi Community Health Services (PCHS), empowers cyclists to choose bikes over cars to get around. We believe that riding and fixing a bicycle is a powerful tool to connect neighbours, promote independence, improve health, and enhance environmental sustainability.
Since 2015, the Brampton and Caledon Bike Hub has been teaching residents about riding, maintenance, and repair, removing barriers to cycling in a friendly setting. Past programs include running the one-on-one cycling mentorship program (Pedalwise), drop-in DIY bike repair (BikeWrx), Bike Library, and delivering free pop-up bike services at parks and schools around Brampton and Caledon. In 2022 the Brampton and Caledon Bike Hub will open a physical location in Downtown Brampton called Different Spokes.

On April 27th and May 2nd from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. we will be hosting two Pedalwise information sessions. Sign up here

More information about the Pedalwise program

Email for any questions.

Earth Day Bike Tour

Join one of four BikeBrampton led bike rides to Earth Day celebration at Norton Place Park on Sat Apr 23rd. People are encouraged to walk, cycle or take public transit to promote environmental sustainability.

Rides leave at 9:15am. Send an email to telling us which ride number below you will be joining.

  1. Shoppers World Plaza near Tim Hortons, led by George
  2. Carabram Park at Eagleridge Dr. just s of Cliff Swallow Crt, led by Lisa
  3. Earnscliffe Recreation Centre, Eastbourne Dr., led by Steve & Cindy
  4. Loafer’s Lake Recreation Centre, Loafer’s Lake Lane, led by David & Dayle

City of Brampton and Brampton Environmental Alliance’s first Earth Day Environmental Celebration and Grow Green Awards Ceremony will be held Saturday, April 23, at Norton Place Park from 10 am to 2 pm.

This is a public event! Everyone is invited to take part in the festivities as City of Brampton celebrates and showcases community leaders with the Grow Green Awards.

Come out to meet and speak with local environmental groups, such as BikeBrampton, Heart Lake Turtle Troopers, Sierra Club, Community Climate Council, Human Impact Environment, Friends of Dorchester Park, Heart Lake Happenings, Brampton Horticultural Society, and Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA). Family-friendly activities are planned during the day including a nature walk, and a kid’s zone.

“Come visit the Heart Lake Turtle Troopers tent and learn what we are doing to protect and monitor the local turtle population. Find out about Ontario’s native and invasive turtle species, how we protect turtle nests and monitor habitats, and interact with our displays. We’ll also have turtle-themed activities in the Kids Zone!”

Explore the park in detail with members of Community Climate Council . “Nature in Norton: Exploring a Hidden Gem in the Heart of Brampton.”

Norton Park represents Brampton in a way; the plants and animals that reside in Norton are as beautifully diverse as the people who call Brampton home. Like Brampton, this exceptional diversity is the strength of this park and marks it as a rare jewel within the City. Come enjoy the wonder of big trees and learn a few nature nuggets about this incredible park!

A light lunch will be provided. There is no cost for lunch, but registration through Eventbrite is required to get your food voucher. Registration will close once maximum capacity is reached.

Important Consideration: this event endeavours to balance community and public safety. For this outdoor event, we aim to maintain physical distancing. City staff and volunteers will be wearing masks and COVID-19 assessments are required at the entrances of the event. Participants are welcome to choose whether or not to wear a mask. At this time, if you are uncomfortable being outdoors with others who do not wear a mask, please do not register. You are welcome to join at a future event.

Earth Day