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Bike the Creek June 13, 2020 our 7th annual signature cycling event has been cancelled.

Due to precautionary measures surrounding COVID-19, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), City of Brampton, City of Mississauga, Town of Caledon, Region of Peel and BikeBrampton have made the collective decision to cancel the 2020 Bike the Creek event scheduled for Saturday June 13th.

We look forward to welcoming you all at the 2021 virtual Bike the Creek event in the month of June.

For event details

Bike the Creek is a FREE event aimed at encouraging people of all ages to discover the joys of cycling. Join hundreds of cyclists in our fun family ride through the spectacular valleys, trails and historic landmarks, urban and rural settings of the Region of Peel. The theme for 2020 is Environmentally Sustainable Communities.

Did you know what’s NEW for 2020?

Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon have all declared a climate emergency, leading to our 2020 theme of Environmentally Sustainable Communities.

The backbone of ‘Bike the Creek’ routes is the Etobicoke Creek Trail; a Region of Peel ravine corridor of fields, trees, native plants, and animals. It forms a migratory path for birds. This unique corridor provides walking and cycling for recreation and commuting.

Discover multiple stormwater ponds along Etobicoke Creek that make our ravine more flood resilient.

NEW Route Length Choices

Our NEW routes range from 5 – 75 km.

NEW this year is a short 5 km option for 12 km Family Ride. Almost all on trail, this route was designed for new riders and families with small children. Visit our Bike Rodeo back at Jim Archdekin.

In addition to a 50 km Town Ride, we have a NEW 75 km for those wanting extra distance and more challenge cycling the hills of Caledon. Caledon Villages of Southfields and Valleywood are connected by the Etobicoke Creek Trail, which is now NEWLY paved south to Mayfield Rd.

NEW Bike Lanes & Crossride Signals

NEW buffered bike lane on Brampton’s Heart Lake Road is featured in 12 km Family, Nature & Toronto Pearson Rides.

Check out the NEW bike lane on Brampton’s Central Park Drive in Toronto Pearson Ride.

Press the button to activate the NEW signalized bike crossride on Kennedy Road. It connects the Etobicoke Creek Trail on Toronto Pearson Ride.

Press the button again for the other signalized bike crossride at Queen St from James to Scott, on Toronto Pearson Ride.

NEW Sites to Check out

Toronto Pearson Ride extends further east, to Brampton’s gorgeous Professor’s Lake.

Check out the Cheltenham Badlands on Caledon’s Olde Baseline Road.

Did you know the 12 km Family, Nature and City Rides all stop at Brampton’s Historic Bovaird House pavilion? Visit the Pendergast Log Cabin.

If you have never experienced the thrill of crossing over #410 on a dedicated Active Transportation bridge, check out Toronto Pearson Ride’s Franceschini Bridge with its amazing multicoloured deck artwork.

Did you know that Etobicoke Creek Trail runs under #410 and #407? It is paved south to Mount Charles Park, Mississauga, part of Toronto Pearson Ride south to the GTAA Toronto Pearson Airport. You might see jets landing on the adjacent runway, or a Hawk soaring. Stop to use the cool bike tool stand at the Mississauga pavilion.

We listened to your Feedback

We are incorporating NEW shapes as well as colours to mark our route signs!

 

Event Partners


BikeBrampton members going to Greg’s Ride

This Fall, a group of us from BikeBrampton will be participating in Greg’s Ride on Sunday, September 22. We’ll be cycling from Brampton to Hamilton on Saturday, riding in Greg’s Ride on Sunday, then cycling home Monday. BikeBrampton’s participation in this annual event has grown from one rider in 2013 to our larger team of riders this year.

BikeBrampton chair David Laing, Dayle Laing, Share the Road founder Eleanor McMahon, Wayne Noble, Lisa Stokes at Greg’s Ride 2018

Who is BikeBrampton

We are a group of volunteers who have met monthly for the past 6 years, discussing and developing action plans for cycling advocacy in the City of Brampton and Region of Peel. With the help of our partners, we host the Brampton Bike Hubs, Caledon Bike Hubs, regular Community Rides (with BCAC), and our annual Bike the Creek event.

Brampton has been recognized by Share the Road as a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community and, of course, we aim for Silver! In February, we were asked to work with City staff to prepare a “Big Ask” for $1.75 million for new highly visible cycling infrastructure.

OPP Sergeant Kerry Schmidt with David Laing at Greg’s Ride 2016.

Why we participate in Greg’s Ride

The bigger provincial policy picture is something BikeBrampton discusses at our meetings. Some of us go to the Ontario Bike Summit annually to learn and to share. We also support the advocacy efforts of Share the Road and the advocacy objectives they raise funds for through Greg’s Ride:

  1. Every student in Ontario should have the opportunity to learn to safely ride a bike.
  2. All residents should feel safe and comfortable hopping on their bicycle.
  3. We want to see the province connected by a network of paths, bike lanes and paved shoulders. Those of us who have had the opportunity to participate in some cycle tourism, know just how important this network is for travel, commuting and recreation.

For us, making it safer and easier to ride a bike is also deeply tied to the need to address climate change.

Lisa Stokes, Wayne Noble (on the left) start Greg’s Ride 2018

Cycling and Climate Change

The City of Brampton joined 500 other municipalities around the world by declaring a Climate Emergency on June 5th.

Vancouver has been hailed as leading the way with its climate emergency declaration, that has created 6 new “big move” pollution reduction targets. What are the top two? Why, Active Transportation targets, of course.

  1. Walkable communities: By 2030, 90% of people live within an easy walk and roll of their daily needs.
  2. Safe and convenient active transportation and transit: By 2030, two-thirds of trips in Vancouver will be by active transportation and transit.

We know that when it comes to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions #BikesCanDoThat! And with transportation accounting for 30% of Ontario’s emissions, making cycling safer & easier needs to be part of local and provincial climate change action plans. Together with Share the Road, we’re working to make this happen.

BikeBrampton members are pleased to support Greg’s Ride as Share the Road’s major fund-raising activity, but it’s also a fun opportunity to ride alongside advocates from across the region and to chat all things cycling over food & drinks afterwards.

For registration and additional information about Greg’s Ride, visit sharetheroad.ca/gregsride. If – like us – you’re riding as a group of 3 or more, contact erica@sharetheroad.ca for a 20% group discount code!

David Laing, Dayle Laing (on the right) start Greg’s Ride, 2018
Wayne, Dayle, Rani, Peter, Lisa, Tracy at Greg’s Ride 2018

See you there!

Our thanks to Share the Road, for first publishing this in their Greg’s Ride blog. Special thanks to Executive Director Jamie Stuckless, for her kind editing! #BikesCanDoThat


Join BikeBrampton members at Greg’s Ride

This Fall, a group of us from BikeBrampton will be participating in Greg’s Ride on Sunday, September 22. We’ll be cycling from Brampton to Hamilton on Saturday, riding in Greg’s Ride on Sunday, then cycling home Monday. BikeBrampton’s participation in this annual event has grown from one rider in 2013 to our larger team of riders this year.

BikeBrampton chair David Laing, Dayle Laing, Share the Road founder Eleanor McMahon, Wayne Noble, Lisa Stokes at Greg’s Ride 2018

Who is BikeBrampton

We are a group of volunteers who have met monthly for the past 6 years, discussing and developing action plans for cycling advocacy in the City of Brampton and Region of Peel. With the help of our partners, we host the Brampton Bike Hubs, Caledon Bike Hubs, regular Community Rides (with BCAC), and our annual Bike the Creek event.

Brampton has been recognized by Share the Road as a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community and, of course, we aim for Silver! In February, we were asked to work with City staff to prepare a “Big Ask” for $1.75 million for new highly visible cycling infrastructure.

OPP Sergeant Kerry Schmidt with David Laing at Greg’s Ride 2016.

Why we participate in Greg’s Ride

The bigger provincial policy picture is something BikeBrampton discusses at our meetings. Some of us go to the Ontario Bike Summit annually to learn and to share. We also support the advocacy efforts of Share the Road and the advocacy objectives they raise funds for through Greg’s Ride:

  1. Every student in Ontario should have the opportunity to learn to safely ride a bike.
  2. All residents should feel safe and comfortable hopping on their bicycle.
  3. We want to see the province connected by a network of paths, bike lanes and paved shoulders. Those of us who have had the opportunity to participate in some cycle tourism, know just how important this network is for travel, commuting and recreation.

For us, making it safer and easier to ride a bike is also deeply tied to the need to address climate change.

Lisa Stokes, Wayne Noble (on the left) start Greg’s Ride 2018

Cycling and Climate Change

The City of Brampton joined 500 other municipalities around the world by declaring a Climate Emergency on June 5th.

Vancouver has been hailed as leading the way with its climate emergency declaration, that has created 6 new “big move” pollution reduction targets. What are the top two? Why, Active Transportation targets, of course.

  1. Walkable communities: By 2030, 90% of people live within an easy walk and roll of their daily needs.
  2. Safe and convenient active transportation and transit: By 2030, two-thirds of trips in Vancouver will be by active transportation and transit.

We know that when it comes to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions #BikesCanDoThat! And with transportation accounting for 30% of Ontario’s emissions, making cycling safer & easier needs to be part of local and provincial climate change action plans. Together with Share the Road, we’re working to make this happen.

BikeBrampton members are pleased to support Greg’s Ride as Share the Road’s major fund-raising activity, but it’s also a fun opportunity to ride alongside advocates from across the region and to chat all things cycling over food & drinks afterwards.

For registration and additional information about Greg’s Ride, visit sharetheroad.ca/gregsride. If – like us – you’re riding as a group of 3 or more, contact erica@sharetheroad.ca for a 20% group discount code!

David Laing, Dayle Laing (on the right) start Greg’s Ride, 2018
Wayne, Dayle, Rani, Peter, Lisa, Tracy at Greg’s Ride 2018

See you there!

Our thanks to Share the Road, for first publishing this in their Greg’s Ride blog. Special thanks to Executive Director Jamie Stuckless, for her kind editing! #BikesCanDoThat


Bike the Creek 2019

Judged a whopping success by riders, Bike the Creek 2019 attracted over 1,000 from Brampton, Caledon, Mississauga, and from Ajax to Guelph.

A free fun family cycling event is rare, especially when cyclists can experience the spectacular valleys, trails, historic landmarks, and urban/ rural settings of Peel Region.

Building on 5 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), City of Brampton, Town of Caledon and BikeBrampton welcomed City of Mississauga into the partnership that planned for 8 months to make Bike the Creek happen on June 22, 2019 at Jim Archdekin Recreation Centre in Brampton.

Our generous sponsors contributed to the success! We thank our Title Sponsor: Region of Peel Walk + Roll, who funded the excellent BBQ lunch.

Region of Peel Walk + Roll ever-popular booth with educational skill-testing questions for earning fun, useful cycling prizes.

Our generous Platinum Sponsor, Toronto Pearson GTAA provided funding and a booth for the 50km Toronto Pearson Bike Ride. Riders travelled south into the airport lands to visit the Mississauga pavilion.

Toronto Pearson GTAA airport lands in Mississauga, along Etobicoke Creek

Twenty two dignitaries honoured Bike the Creek with their presence. 14 rode in 3 groups — cycling north to Caledon, south to Mississauga and within Brampton.

Dignitary Rides 1 & 2 on Franceschini bridge: Caledon OPP PC Knight, Caledon Mayor Allan Thompson, TRCA Chair & Councillor Jennifer Innis, Wayne Noble (Caledon volunteer Ride 1 leader), Councillor Christina Early, Share the Road Executive Director Jamie Stuckless, Peel Public Health Director Louise Aubin, Councillor Chris Fonseca, Lorraine, Waterfront Regeneration Trust Executive Director Marlaine Koehler, and taking the photo, David Laing (BikeBrampton volunteer Ride 2 leader). Councillor Johanna Downey and Councillor Lynn Kiernan welcomed riders at the Caledon pavilion in Southfields.
Dignitary Ride3 on Franceschini bridge: Minister & MPP Prabmeet Sarkaria, Deputy Chief Marc Andrews with NPU Constables Dave & Rob, Councillor Doug Whillans, TRCA Director Chandra Sharma, Councillor Rowena Santos & her son, Joe, Councillor Michael Palleschi, Green Party of Ontario Executive Pauline Thornham, and Dayle Laing (BikeBrampton volunteer Ride 3 leader)

Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown and Caledon Mayor Allan Thompson addressed the crowd with encouraging messages for Active Transportation.

Mayor Patrick Brown speaks about Brampton’s commitment to Active Transportation for a healthy lifestyle, reducing congestion, fighting our climate emergency and achieving our 2040 Vision. From left: Councillor Rowena Santos, Councillor Michael Palleschi, Mayor Brown, Councillor Doug Whillans, TRCA Chair & Councillor Jennifer Innis
Mayor Allan Thompson addresses the cyclists with a message about the importance of this region-wide trail connection, and gently challenges his Peel Council friends in Brampton. BikeBrampton Chair David Laing appreciates the humour.
Dayle Laing, MP Sonia Sidhu, Councillor Doug Whillans, Councillor Michael Palleschi, MPP Minister of Small Business & Red Tape Reduction Prabmeet Sarkaria, Councillor Johanna Downey, Wayne Noble, Councillor Charmaine Williams, David Laing, Opposition Deputy Leader MPP Sara Singh, Peel Regional Police Chief Chris McCord, Deputy Chief Marc Andrews, TRCA Chair & Councillor Jennifer Innis, TRCA Director Chandra Sharma, Councillor Chris Fonseca
City of Brampton Binu, BikeBrampton volunteer Dayle Laing welcome Councillor Jeff Bowman to Bike the Creek earlier in the day, by showing posters for Brampton Bike Hub, Caledon Bike Hub and Brampton Community Rides

It is a very busy time of year in their shops. Our friends at Wike, the Walk & Bicycle Company, The Cyclepath Brampton and Caledon Hills Cycling were sponsors at the Silver level. We recognize their generosity and the value of their service and products!

Wike owner Bob Bell and partner Anna (from Guelph) cycled the Nature Ride and marvelled at the trail connectivity of underpasses and bridges in Brampton and Caledon. TRCA has mastered building nature-sensitive bridges over the Etobicoke Creek! GCAT sent 25 cyclists to Bike the Creek!

Ever popular was our on-site bike repair support. We welcomed Velofix Caledon (mobile van), Matteo’s Mobile Bicycle Repair, and volunteer Rick. All three mechanics supported good line-ups of folks waiting patiently for adjustments and minor repairs throughout the event. We heard rave reviews on their service! We encourage everyone to keep riding and to keep their bikes in good shape by getting regular service!

David Laing, BikeBrampton Chair, Matteo’s Mobile Bicycle Repair, and Joanna Gardner, TRCA and Chair of Bike the Creek’s planning committee

Peel Regional Police Crime prevention provided riders with valuable bike serial registration at their Jim Archdekin booth.

Rider Amritpal registers his bike

Orange Theory Fitness Brampton displayed their expertise in their science-backed personal trainer led fitness classes.

Trainsmart Wellness in Brampton provided riders with a mini massage and explained their complete assessment techniques to customize personal training.

Sponsorship donations from our local friends Butter & Cup, Spirit Tree Cidery, Downey’s Farms, Water Depot Bolton, Mars were much appreciated.

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) hosted a pavilion at the Cheltenham Badlands in Caledon.

Bike the Creek welcomed support from Peel Regional Police Neighbourhood Policing Unit and Caledon OPP who provided officers on bicycles. We were thrilled they were able to ride with our dignitaries, offering support and community engagement.

Peel Regional Police NPU Constables Dave & Rob, followed by Minister MPP Prabmeet Sarkaria cross Brampton’s Eco-Counter beside the Franceschini bridge. We gather the data to measure success!

We appreciate support from Brampton Fire and Emergency Service and St. John Ambulance. With the dedication of dozens of specialized CERV and our other trained volunteers, our event would not be possible!

Brampton Fire and Emergency Services Command Post wheeled into place in early morning set up
Spread over 4 rides, starting at different times, CERV volunteers waved riders off in small groups with staggered starts.
Ernst travelled from his new home in Guelph to lead the Peel Region Waste pavilion, with his friends from Sierra Club. This was a zero-waste event!
Rosemary Keenan, Sierra Club of Peel Chair, helping staff Peel Waste pavilion. Region of Peel subsequently reported the event generated 40kg of recycling and 70 kg of organic waste. The material produced was of high quality, with little to no contamination.
Eco-Bike Cafe at Brampton’s pavilion in Rosalea Park
Large registration area inside Jim Archdekin ensured speedy handling of riders. We cleared out t-shirt and hat stock to make way for a new model for next year!
Dignitary Ride 3 along the quiet tree-lined street in Brampton: Councillor Doug Whillans, Minister MPP Prabmeet Sarkaria, Deputy Chief Marc Andrews, Councillor Rowena Santos & son, TRCA Chandra Sharma, Councillor Michael Palleschi (in behind: Green Party of Ontario Executive Pauline Thornham)

Dignitary Ride 1 at Caledon pavilion in Southfields: Councillor Johanna Downey, Wayne Noble, Councillor Christina Early, TRCA Chair & Councillor Jennifer Innis, Councillor Lynn Kiernan, Mayor Allan Thompson, Riley Noble, Caledon OPP PC Knight, Alyson Monery
Bike the Creek riders stopping in Heart Lake Conservation Area for TRCA’s Medicine Wheel pavilion featuring information on butterflies
Indigenous Drum Circle, at Gitigaan Mashkiki (Medicine Wheel Garden) in Heart Lake Conservation Area
Heart Lake Road southbound was temporarily closed for Bike the Creek. Those cycling this route enjoyed the feeling of this protected bike lane! The short temporary fencing on the right keeps amphibians in the Provincially Significant Wetland and helps prevent road kill of endangered snapping turtles and frogs.
Tomken Road southbound in Mississauga was also temporarily closed for Bike the Creek. Separated cycling infrastructure makes a big difference to comfort level.
Caledon OPP Constable, Councillor Jennifer Innis, Councillor Christina Early and volunteer Wayne Noble indicate new curb ramp on Pinebrook Circle in Valleywood — Etobicoke Creek Trail connection to Southfields
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority team: Victoria, Joanna, Vince and Caledon volunteer: Wayne
BikeBrampton displayed Brampton and Caledon Bike Hubs jointly with Peel Walk+Roll
David Laing taking down the Bike the Creek temporary signs after the event — using his handy WIKE trailer for the job!

I paid $100 to enter a cycling event in Florida, and it wasn’t as well organized as Bike the Creek!

See you next year! Save the date for Jun 27, 2020 – to be confirmed!


Greg’s Ride 2018

Team Brampton cycled Greg’s Ride 2018 Sept 23rd.

Share the Road 13th Annual Greg’s Ride offered our cycling network a 20% discount on all Early Bird tickets!

13th Annual Greg’s Ride details & Registration

This annual fundraiser supported Share the Road’s cycling advocacy at Queen’s Park (100% of profits fund advocacy). We all know the importance of what has been accomplished and what still needs to be done!

Greg’s Ride 2018 in the Hamilton area included:

  • The Promenade: 8km
    The Challenger: 37km
    The Ultimate: 77km
  • yummy hot lunch
  • drinks from Shawn & Ed Brewing Company
  • ride support & snacks
  • start and end at 65 Hatt Street, Dundas at Shawn & Ed Brewing Company
  • free parking
  • free swag bag of goodies

We showed the 300+ expected cyclists that Team Brampton is on the map!


Bike the Creek 2018 Countdown

Are you ready for Bike the Creek 2018 Countdown?

Have you registered online? Cut-off date to guarantee your FREE lunch is Jun 15th, for event on Jun 23, 2018.

The 4 routes choices are all new. You may be thinking you have done this before. You haven’t done these routes, since we are using brand new, just built trails! Some are getting their finishing touches right now! Be prepared to be wowed by some amazing new choices for cycling in Brampton and Caledon.

SELECT YOUR ROUTE, SEE THE MAPS, SO YOU CAN MAKE YOUR CHOICE AND REGISTER

Official Brampton Ceremony opening Franceschini Bridge over #410, Esker Lake Trail 10:45

Official Caledon TRCA Ceremony opening Etobicoke Creek Trail Bridge connecting Southfields & Valleywood communities 11:00

Official Indigenous Ceremony at TRCA Heart Lake Conservation Area Medicine Wheel Garden 10:00

Look who we saw in Heart Lake Conservation Area when we did a Bike the Creek route check ride last week?

DETAILS FOR REGISTRATION – SEE YOU THERE!

Partners: City of Brampton, Town of Caledon, Toronto and Region Conservation and BikeBrampton have been preparing for the Bike the Creek 2018 countdown since last September!

We thank our Title Sponsor, Region of Peel Walk+Roll who is providing the FREE lunch.

We thank our Sponsors: WIKE, The Cyclepath Brampton, Caledon Hills Cycling, Peel Regional Police, Velofix Caledon, Downey’s Farm, Spirit Tree Estate Cidery, PAMA, Credit Valley Conservation, Trainsmart Wellness, Butter & Cup, and Orange Theory Fitness.


Book Ride Brampton

Book Ride Brampton – Books & Bikes along the Etobicoke Creek

Join us Apr 29, 2018 to make our city a better place, one street and one book at a time. Presented by The Reading Line and the FOLD (the Festival of Literary Diversity).

REGISTER for FREE now – and for more details.

BRING your signed WAIVER.

Book Ride Schedule:

Join us at the start or at any station along the 7km route

11:00am Meet at Brampton Library, South Fletchers Branch – welcome by David Laing, BikeBrampton, readings by Carriance Leung & Pratap Reddy

11:45am Bicycle past Sheridan College, along Fletcher’s Creek and Etobicoke Creek Trails – group led by experienced riders

12:30pm Charles F Watson and Family Park Pavillion SE corner of Main St & Peel Village Pkwy – readings by Amanda Leduc & Ken Puddicombe (bring a picnic basket)

1:15pm Bicycle along Etobicoke Creek Trail, past the historic stately homes on Mill & Wellington Streets – follow the ride leaders

2:00pm Arrive at Garden Square, downtown Brampton – readings by Gary Barwin & Lamoi

Supporters:

Brampton Library, Region of Peel Walk+Roll, ECW Press Inc, GravityInc.ca, BikeBrampton

Twitter Handles & #s:

#BookRide @thereadingline #theFOLD @theFOLD @BramptonLibrary @regionofpeel @bikebrampton @GardenSQLive @CultureBrampton @bramptondtbia

Don’t leave downtown Brampton without poking your head (and bike) down Vivian Lane, just off the north end of Garden Square. You are in for a visual treat with Norbert Augustine’s bike murals displaying iconic settings of City of Brampton – Historic Bovaird House, Historic Alderlea, Gage Park Gazebo and City Hall.

BikeBrampton thanks Janet Joy Wilson from The Reading Line for the enjoyable planning ride!

The Book Ride by Gravity Inc


30 Days of Biking


Save The Date: Book Ride on April 29, 2018

The Reading Line has partnered with The Festival of Literary Diversity to offer a free Book Ride in Brampton on April 29, 2018.

A Book Ride is a literary festival on wheels. The Reading Line’s Brampton Book Ride is a social justice focused bicycle ride, in partnership with the Festival of Literary Diversity. The ride will move through portions of the city with stops in key locations where authors talk, read and answer questions from riders and attendees.

At the 2017 Ontario Bike Summit awards, Brampton achieved a bronze status designation, which recognizes a community that has launched several initiatives to promote a cycling culture. In recent years, the city has made investments in building a bicycle-friendly community and championing bicycling as a safe, healthy means of recreation and transportation.

The route will begin at South Fletcher’s Library and continue to downtown Brampton thanks to support from the Region of Peel. Along the way, local writers and authors who have appeared at the Festival of Literary Diversity will read from their books or perform poetry.

Please see these websites for more details:

The Reading Line
http://thereadingline.ca/brampton/

The Festival of Literary Diversity (The FOLD)
http://thefoldcanada.org/events-landing/bramptonbookride/

 

Register
 


Bike the Creek Canada 150

Bike the Creek Canada 150 celebrated by largest ever crowd in Brampton & Caledon.

631 cyclists gathered Jun 24, 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with a joyful free family ride through the spectacular valleys, trails and historic landmarks of urban and rural Brampton and Caledon.

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Cyclists from across GTA flocked to rides catering from 11km to 60km. Peel Regional Police Neighbourhood Policing Units 21 & 22 joined the group.

Rob Zaichkowski, a volunteer at Cycle Toronto, avid cyclist, blogger and photographer, commented in his twowheelpoli blogspot post:

“Not only did it give me exposure to cycling north of Steeles, but it is arguably one of the best organized rides in the Greater Toronto Area with hundreds taking part.”

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Some riders returned for their 4th annual event, while others joined us for the first time, as word has spread! #bikethecreek

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David Laing, BikeBrampton Chair, and Chair of Bike the Creek organizing committee, delivered rider briefings to each group to encourage cyclists to stop at Pavillions, ride safely, obey volunteer directions, drink water and have fun! The committee of Partners: City of Brampton, Town of Caledon, Toronto and Region Conservation and BikeBrampton have been planning Bike the Creek since last September.

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City of Brampton Emergency Management directed cyclists in staggered starts of small groups to make it safer and more enjoyable for the 5 groups of riders.

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BikeBrampton member Lorie, recruited 4 teams of 10 cyclists through her company, Greenfield Specialty Alcohols!

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Way to go Lorie! Let’s see more team challenges next year!

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Bike the Creek welcomed the most participating dignitaries this year: Brampton Councillor Doug Whillans, (David Laing, Bike Brampton), Caledon Mayor Allan Thompson, MPP Harinder Malhi, Minister of Natural Resources & Forestry MPP Kathryn McGarry, TRCA Director Chandra Sharma, and (Dayle Laing, BikeBrampton).

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Region of Peel Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Lawrence Loh, RAN the Family Ride, pushing his daughter in a stroller!!! (pictured with Mayor Allan Thompson and David Laing)

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Brampton Councillor Jeff Bowman encouraged the cyclists and celebrated Brampton’s newly designated Bicycle Friendly Community bronze status. BikeBrampton and Brampton Cycling Advisory Committee promoted our series of 14 Community Rides this season. (pictured with Polly, member of BB and BCAC)

Petula Fera from Let’s Discover ON, interviewed Joanna Gardner, key planning committee member from partner Toronto and Region Conservation.

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Cyclists took advantage of mini tune-ups provided by volunteer Peter Bolton, a licensed bike mechanic and CanBike instructor. One cyclist commented “I couldn’t believe that my inner tube was replaced and they did not even charge me! — fabulous service, thanks!”.

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Wayne also provided bike mechanic mini tune-ups as well!

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Alina, a volunteer from Brampton Cycling Advisory Committee set up and ran a Bike Rodeo, teaching cycling skills to the young folks.

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Bike the Creek appreciated Minister McGarry’s support of our event, as she joined us from her riding in Cambridge.

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Vince from TRCA has project-managed many parts of our fabulous Etobicoke Creek Trail. Dr. Loh was all set to start his run!

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Caledon OPP bike officers joined our ride, as they have every year!

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Cyclists spread out all the trail, as we cycled through the fabulous Stafford Woods, home to a forest of Sugar Maples, Beeches and Hemlocks and many species of Woodpeckers. This land was deeded to Obediah Stafford, a pioneer settler, in 1819.

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Minister McGarry learns about Monarch butterfly life stages from Jen Miles at TRCA Wetlands Pavillion.

An Eastern Snapping Turtle, of course, beside the Etobicoke Creek.

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Minister Kathryn McGarry and TRCA Director Chandra Sharma stopped to meet a couple of our key Bike the Creek planning partners: Brampton Recreation Michele Robinson and Brampton Active Transportation Nelson Cadete. This event requires special skills to make a success!

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Bike the Creek included more routes in Town of Caledon this year!

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This generous family once again welcomed cyclists (including Minister McGarry and Director Sharma). They provided free water and pop. Some cyclists thought this was an official pavilion. The generosity was quite overwhelming!

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TRCA Kenpark Park Stormwater Pavillion educated cyclists about the issue of plastics in our water supply. Cyclists refilled water bottles and had their passports stamped for chances to win prizes.

 

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Dr. Loh completed his run and encouraged our display of active healthy living! He wants to return next year!

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Peel Regional Police provided online bicycle registration for Bike the Creek cyclists.

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Brampton Regional Councillor Michael Palleschi visited our Title Sponsor Region of Peel Walk + Roll booth. Cyclists won prizes for answering skill-testing cycling questions.

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We welcomed the return of Silver Sponsor WIKE, the Walk & Bike Company! Their range of locally (Guelph) designed and manufactured cycling products never cease to amaze and delight Bike the Creek cyclists! This year, WIKE owners Bob and Anna cycled the End-to-End Ride! Thanks for coming!

We also thank our Silver Sponsor The Cyclepath Brampton and Caledon Hills Cycling for their support and promotion of Bike the Creek.

Hosting Pavillions this year were Sponsors PAMA (Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archives), Credit Valley Conservation (SNAP Fletcher’s Creek) and Brampton Horticultural Society. Wanigan organic fruits and vegetables supplied snacks at Mount Pleasant Community Centre for our Canada 150 riders.

Partner City of Brampton Heritage hosted pavillions at historic Bovaird House (Pendergast Log Cabin) and Brampton Memorial Arena. Partner TRCA also hosted a SNAP Pavillion at County Court Park.

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Executive Director of Waterfront Regeneration Trust, Marlaine Koehler cycled the City Ride (celebrating afterward with Minister Kathryn McGarry). Marlaine and her partners have championed the creation of 2100 km of Great Lakes Waterfront Trail, connecting 114 communities.

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Minister Kathryn McGarry brought greetings on behalf of Province of Ontario, after cycling the Family Ride.

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Peel Acting MOH Dr. Lawrence Loh expressed the importance of living an active life for health, while he demonstrated a positive family role model for our community.

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Town of Caledon Councillors Johanna Downey, Jennifer Innis and Mayor Allan Thompson cycled the Family Ride and challenged Brampton to meet Caledon’s participation of 3 from Council!

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Brampton Regional Councillor Michael Palleschi responded to the friendly challenge from Caledon! Brampton had one rider – Councillor Doug Whillans.

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Caledon and TRCA liked Councillor Palleschi’s retort to the challenge! Work is cut out for the 2 communities….

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Minister McGarry encouraged our MTO Road Safety Challenge of “Do the Bright Thing — be seen, be heard, be predictable”! Region of Peel’s Title Sponsor support was used to provide our free lunch from the Gourmet Group — BBQ Gourmet.

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City of Brampton Recreation staffed our first-ever bike valet parking, keeping cyclists bicycles safe and contained while riders enjoyed their lunch and time visiting booths and listening to our speakers.

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Happy cyclist filled the bleachers and picnic tables to eat their catered lunch and listen to our speakers.

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2017 181 BTC BEAC Grow Green & Peel Waste pavillion_700

Brampton Environment Advisory Committee promoted Brampton Master Environmental Plan’s Grow Green Eco-Pledge, while Sierra Club members helped cyclists sort their waste at the Peel Waste Pavillion — creating our Zero-waste event!

Region of Peel Waste reported that Bike the Creek diverted 90% of the garbage. The breakdown: 10kg was garbage; 40kg was recycling; and 50kg was organics! This shows why using your organic green bin in Peel is so important, as it keeps a vast amount of material from landfill!

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Master of Ceremonies, Bruce Marshall, drew the prize draw winning tickets. Some very happy cyclists won great prizes.

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A huge thanks to all the dozens of volunteers like Polly and Alina who made this event possible!