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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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!

Mapping the Urban Bike Utopias of the 1890s

Brampton Community Ride ends Season

Perfect autumn morning for BCAC’s last Brampton Community Ride of the season.

Thirty cyclists gathered at Jim Archdekin Recreation Centre to cycle north to new Etobicoke Creek Trail link into Southfields Village, Caledon. We rested at Butter & Cup for our refreshment, compliments of City of Brampton. This was our 12th and final Community Ride in Brampton’s Cycling Advisory Committee’s first offering of organized rides. We added 2 bonus rides due to popularity of the series. Cyclists enthusiastically await our 2017 calendar of rides.


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The sense of ‘community’ is apparent with cyclists helping each other to inflate tires and adjust seat heights.

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Ready to set out!

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Past the autumn vista of Loafers Lake…

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Even young riders joined the group for the 14.7km route.

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No one is left behind as we paused to wait for slower cyclists.

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Past the stormwater pond at Mayfield Road, the site of the Official Announcement of Etobicoke Creek Trail Link on Oct 11th.

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The construction has made such an improvement to the rutted farmers’ track! Now in Caledon, we head around the corner to go under #410 bridge.

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This beautiful sturdy bridge was part of the 2015 project.

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We rest at the top of the hill at Kennedy Ride and Abbotside Way, Southfields Village.

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The whole group is ready for our final half-way leg to our refreshment!

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Arriving at Butter & Cup Bakery and Coffee Co. for our snack!

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A huge thanks to Butter & Cup for agreeing to open on Sunday morning, just for our Brampton Community Ride!

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Here is a retailer that recognizes the value of the cycling customer with their custom signage!

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One of our cyclists makes use of the first aid kit to clean up a scrape.

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Cyclists choose from pre-arranged menu, sponsored by City of Brampton.

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Great day to chat and eat outside.

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The scone comes highly recommended… 🙂 Oh yes, we’ll be back to visit this shop!

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Bicycles line the boulevard outside Butter & Cup. Cyclists share the tables and chairs for chatting about their fun. This epitomizes cycling tourism!

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We are nicely fueled, so it’s time to head back south on Etobicoke Creek Trail.

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We are so enjoying the newly constructed path! Thanks to all who have funded: City of Brampton, Town of Caledon, Region of Peel, Toronto and Region Conservation and Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program.

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Back to Jim Archdekin to cap off a wonderful season of Community Rides!

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Community Rides may be concluded, but our enjoyment of cycling continues…

Ontario Supports Cycling Share the Road

Ontario supports cycling at Share the Road 2016 Greg’s Ride.

Queens Park sent prominent Ministers to indicate importance of cycling in Ontario. Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca (MPP Vaughan), his Parliamentary Assistant Daiene Vernile (MPP Kitchener-Centre), Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Eleanor McMahon (MPP Burlington) and Associate Minister of Education (Early Years and Child Care) Indira Naidoo-Harris (MPP Halton) kicked off this important fund raising event. Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry Kathryn McGarry (MPP Cambridge) stopped by before the opening remarks, to lend her support.

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Greg’s Ride Official Opening dignitaries: Share the Road Executive Director Jamie Stuckless, MPP Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister Eleanor McMahon, Minister Steven Del Duca, MPP Daiene Vernile and sponsor Liam McGinty from Insurance Bureau of Canada.

The 11th Annual Greg’s Ride was held Sept 25, 2016 in Milton.

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Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca accepts the “Brampton Sandwich” with good grace, when he poses between BikeBrampton members David Laing and Dayle Laing. We thanked him for the cycling infrastructure grants which we have received in Brampton. He assured us that his ministry intends to commit more!

Greg’s Ride History

“In 2006, OPP Sergeant Greg Stobbart was killed while cycling on Tremaine Road in Milton. After Greg’s death, his wife Eleanor McMahon founded the Share the Road Cycling Coalition in his memory to advocate for safer roads for all Ontarions.”

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Minister of Tourism, Cultural and Sport Eleanor McMahon and BikeBrampton Chair David Laing. Eleanor keeps tabs on all cycling activities in the province. She even called in during our Bike the Creek event! Of course, Eleanor also cycled in Greg’s Ride.

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Team BikeBrampton sent a modest representation since Greg’s Ride date conflicted with our Community Ride 11.

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One cannot underestimate the value of teaching our kids to Share the Road at a young age! Great to see the children participating in Greg’s Ride.

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Yippee… can’t beat a beautiful day of cycling for a great cause!

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OPP Sergeant Kerry Schmidt greeted riders at the half-way point.

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Ontario’s One Metre Safe Passing Law is creatively displayed by this Greg’s Ride cyclist! (Bill 31, Making Ontario’s Roads Safer, 2015).

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Greg’s Ride route took us on quiet country roads in Nassagaweya Township, Regional Municipality of Halton.

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Successfully completed Greg’s Ride, Team BikeBrampton posed with Share the Road photographer David. Share the Road cycling jerseys provided fund raising while creating a fashion statement in various shades of green.

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David tries out sponsor Curbside Cycle Toronto’s Brompton folding commuter bike. Fabulous features and a nice ride…

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David chats with Marlaine Koehler, Executive Director of Waterfront Regeneration Trust. The Great Lakes Waterfront Trail connecting to the Greenbelt Trail is the goal for local residents and cycling tourists alike.

The official opening of the newly constructed Valleywood inter-regional trail connection on Oct 11th 10:30-11:30 is a piece of the Etobicoke Creek Trail connection that moves towards this goal. Partners City of Brampton, Town of Caledon, Region of Peel, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program (OMCIP) and the Ministry of Transportation as well as local residents and BikeBrampton will be on hand to celebrate the opening.

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David thanks Share the Road’s Executive Director Jamie Stuckless for another excellent event.

Bonus Community Rides announced

Brampton Cycling Advisory Committee has announced 2 bonus autumn Community Rides due to the popularity of our summer series.

Community Ride 11 – Sept 25th 9:45am Garden Square to Baskin Robbins, Heart Lake Town Centre return 15.5km

Community Ride 12 – Oct 2nd 9:45am Jim Archdekin Rec Centre to Butter & Cup, Caledon return 14.7km

We are very excited about both bonus rides because…

The Oct 2nd one is especially important because we will be riding the newly upgraded Etobicoke Creek Trail from Mayfield Road north into Caledon. For those of you who rode the Nature Route in Bike the Creek, you will remember the old rutted farmer’s track once you headed north from the stormwater pond at Mayfield Road. Not a happy experience if you had slick road bike tires… (see how it looked below).

We are thrilled to celebrate the completion, project managed jointly by City of Brampton, Town of Caledon and Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA). The project cost has been handled by grants from Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program, City of Brampton and Town of Caledon. The new 1500 metre trail connection includes 800 metres of new trail in Caledon and 700 metres of new trail within the City of Brampton (the City of Brampton border extends beyond Mayfield Road at this site).

Again, we thank City of Brampton, for providing a FREE refreshment to the cyclists.


Come out to see the contrast of the upgraded trail from how it was before…


Etobicoke Creek Trail before OMCIP grant project started, photo taken on Jun 18, 2016 at Bike the Creek, featuring Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry Kathryn McGarry and TRCA Director Chandra Sharma.

Your volunteer Brampton Cycling Advisory Committee is busy planning the 2017 schedule.

Great Fun Cause – Greg’s Ride

Sunday Sept 25th Milton.Tragedy can be a powerful catalyst to inspire good things to happen. That’s certainly the case for “Greg’s Ride”, the celebration of cycling event organized by Share the Road Cycling Coalition.

Eleven years ago Greg Stobbert, an OPP Sergeant, was struck and killed while riding his bicycle on Tremaine Road in Milton Ontario. To honour his memory and to help raise cycling safety awareness, his wife, Eleanor McMahon founded Share the Road and established Greg’s Ride as an annual cycling event.

Eleven years later, Share the Road has established a stellar track record of advocacy leading to improvements in safe cycling laws, such as the one metre passing law, Provincial investments in cycling infrastructure through programs such as the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program, and the emergence of 30 communities across the Province now recognized by Share the Road as being Bicycle Friendly Communities.  Share the Road has a vision for safe cycling in the Province where:

  • Every student participates in a cycling safety course,
  • Communities are connected by a network of safe cycling infrastructure, and
  • Everyone in the Province feels safe when they make the choice to ride a bike, whether it be for recreation or for transportation.

Beyond being a fun riding event, Greg’s Ride is one of the chief opportunities for Share the Road to raise the funds in support of its advocacy work. Come out to Greg’s Ride; enjoy the day; support a great cause!

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Bramalea CycleFest 2016 Success

Bramalea CycleFest on Jun 4th was geared towards engaging the community in conversations about health, wellness and environmental responsibility. Organized by All Peoples Church, this 2nd annual event raised $4,800 for William Osler Foundation Pediatric Wing, with half the money matched by CN. Church volunteers joined BikeBrampton volunteers to take apart 75 donated bicycles to create 42 for bikeless children from a local school.

BikeBrampton members laid out the 3, 9 and 18km routes on Chinguacousy Trail, Don Doan Trail and the local roads. BikeBrampton and BCAC members ran a bike rodeo for the kids. Peel Police NPU bike patrol officers joined the rides, and volunteers led each route.

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Route planning began by BikeBrampton and BCAC members in April! Here they are riding Grenoble Street urban curb on the brisk spring day.

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None of this would not be possible without the amazing support from City of Brampton Recreation. They are always there for us.

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Route through Chinguacousy Park was a special treat for big and little kids. You can see why…

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The baby Alpacas were out to play.

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Perfect weather this year, as the cyclists registered.

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Volunteers briefed on their jobs and given maps.

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Some kids picked up their new donated bikes, while others came with bikes, families, teams.

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Councillors Jeff Bowman and Pat Fortini came out to wish the cyclists well.

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Riders briefed on routes, safety and road and trail etiquette. We were delighted to have Peel Police support for the event.

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Riders all set for the 3km route around Chinguacousy Park.

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Some kids stayed on site for the Bike Rodeo, run by BCAC and BikeBrampton`s newly trained CanBike Instructor volunteers.

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The longer route took cyclists up to the north end of Chinguacousy Trail.

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Volunteers and Region of Peel Walk+Roll Active Transportation

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Councillor Pat Fortini with volunteers

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Mayor Linda Jeffrey greeted by Pastor Finu Iype. MPP Jagmeet Singh arrives on his folding bike.

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Mayor Linda Jeffrey, MPP Jagmeet Singh and MPP Gila Martow

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Volunteers and MP Raj Grewal

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Mayor Jeffrey gave an inspirational message on the value of cycling in Brampton.

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Politicians display their new Brampton Bike Month t-shirts

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Volunteers after the bike rodeo. Peel Walk+Roll booth doing a booming business in cycling education.

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BikeBrampton Chair David Laing speaks on Brampton becoming a Bicycle Friendly Community

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David Laing and Pastor Finu

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yes, more volunteers…

Cycling Safety – A Kids Parachute Event

Parachute is a not-for-profit agency advocating to reduce predictable and preventable injuries resulting from motor vehicle collisions, sports and recreation activities and seniors’ falls.  This past May 27th, Century Gardens Recreation Centre hosted, “Buckle, Buckle, Buckle”, an Awareness Safe Kids Launch Event with Parachute. BikeBrampton was invited to provide programs and information on cycling safety.

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Alina and Lorie, two of BCAC/BikeBrampton’s CanBike Instructors laid out a bicycle rodeo route in one of Century Gardens Arenas.

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The course focused on improving cycling skills such as, riding in a predictable straight line, appropriate use of hand signals, controlled stopping, avoiding obstacles and making safe turns.  Both cyclists and those using scooters ran the course!

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Attendees of the event were also told about Ontario’s “Making Ontario Roads Safer Act”, including the new 1-metre passing law requiring motorists to pass cyclists with at least one metre of space. BikeBrampton created a pop-up banner to illustrate the 1-metre passing law. The banner was funded by a Road Safety Challenge grant provided by the Ministry of Transportation.

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Following the Parachute event, the banner was taken outside where the end of May Critical Mass Riders were cycling past the recreation centre.

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Critical Mass is an informal recreational ride which takes place the last Friday of every month, (rain or shine) as an example of how biking in numbers increases road cycling safety and how cyclists and motorists can coexist peacefully on Brampton streets.

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What a great way to end a day focused on cycling safety!!


Manitou Bike Parade 2016

Partnerships are everything to make a memorable experience for kids learning to cycle. Lorie Johnson-Miller organized Manitou Park Bike Parade Jun 25th for her local park in Brampton. She obtained grants from Greenfields Specialty Alcohols and City of Brampton for the bbq lunch and bike parade decoration supplies. What is a parade without decorations? Kids from the neighbourhood flocked to the event.

City of Brampton Parks and Recreation departments supported with tents and staffed games for the children.  Peel Walk+Roll supplied safety prizes. BikeBrampton members volunteered to help with the parade and fitted bikes with bells. Ministry of Transportation’s Road Safety grant donated money to produce the One-metre safety law banner that BikeBrampton designed to educate the kids and their parents.

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Ranger Lorie, volunteer extraordinaire!

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Lorie set the short course for the kids.

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Those feet will grow…

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Recreation summer staff help kids develop hand-eye coordination.

Let the bike-decoration begin…

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The whole neighbourhood and their dog showed up. Note Athena’s flower-decorated collar.

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literature from Brampton Parks for the parents.

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Refillable water bottles only, please!

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Lorie gives the rider briefing to explain safety for the bike parade route.

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The parade sets off, followed by City of Brampton’s Cycling Advisory Committee sign trailer.

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Once around Manitou Park to warm up and show off to the parents.

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A parade is serious business.

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Prize draw for safety equipment

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Our volunteers…

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Lets open that package and attach that bell now.

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Thanks to Jessica and the Brampton Recreation team that staffed the BBQ for lunch. Thanks to Michele for helping with the organization. Recreation is always there for great support! Thanks to Erica at Region of Peel AT for adding Manitou Bike Parade to Brampton`s Bike Month event list to help promote.

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A wonderful summer experience for the kids. Hopefully a lifetime of enjoying bike riding!

Larkspur Public School Spring Fling

More than 1,000 students, teachers and parents gathered at Larkspur Public School on June 16th, to enjoy the second annual Spring Fling event.  There was plenty of food, activities for the kids from bouncy castles to face-painting and great information booths including BikeBrampton!

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Members from BikeBrampton spoke to parents, teachers and the kids about cycling safety and the benefits of active transportation to and from school.

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They also handed out free bike bells to kids who could answer a skill testing question about bike safety.  The bells were courtesy of Region of Peel Walk + Roll.

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Thanks to Kuldeep Kanda for inviting us and thanks to Principal Teeter for hosting a great event!

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