Ontario By Bike E-News: July
Go to Ride, Stay to Play in Norfolk County

 
On a recent visit to Norfolk County, in southeastern Ontario, one of our staff had a great ride experience, shared below and continued in recent blog posting.

"I had visited Norfolk County a couple of times in the past, using the area as a springboard to  a great ride, following the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail , Port Dover to Fort Erie, or as part of a rail trail tour weekend with an Ontario By Bike Ride, from Dundas to Port Dover

I felt I knew something about the bike scene in the area. But it wasn't until I recently spent a weekend dedicated to exploration and cycling adventures that I experienced a true appreciation for all things Norfolk. With some familiarity of the area, fueled by a healthy obsession with maps, and having heard rave reviews from 'nor FOLK', a fun and friendly name fitting for locals, I was keen to check out the mountain biking trails, endless road riding routes, and see what I could find in between."


Sign up for the Tour de Norfolk, this coming Sunday, July 16 for an easy ready-made cycling adventure, with 4 route distances to choose from. Same day registration available. 
Details at: www.LeTourdeNorfolk.com
Ontario 150 - Celebrate by Bike

While Canada Day may have come and gone for 2017, the celebrations live on!  In honour of Canada's 150th, we continue to roll out events and programming for Ontario 150 Celebrate by Bike! 

With cycling events, ride itineraries and safety education, connect to Bicycle Friendly Communities and Ontario By Bike Ride destinations that showcase the Greenbelt Route and Great Lakes Waterfront Trail

To find out more, and see the growing list of celebrations, visit: www.OntarioByBike.ca/150

Cycling this summer? Tag social media posts and pictures with #BikeON so we can share it far and wide and show the world how we celebrate by bike! 
Intro to Bikepacking
- Guest  Blog By Miles Arbour -

For Miles, it was the opportunity to travel further than he could walk or hike, but still benefit from great adventures found off of paved roads.  

Bikepacking has seen huge growth in the past few years. This rise in popularity means more and more people are getting out and giving this new style of cycling a try. 

So what is bikepacking?


Like his stuff? We do too. Visit Miles' website for Rides and Reports on Bikepacking across Canada at  www.MilesArbour.com
Find Your Cycling Adventure in Grey County 
- Georgian Bay Explorer Blog & Itinerary -

Grey County sits at the southern end of Georgian Bay, defined by the shoreline of the one of the world's largest freshwater bays, the distinct outcrops of the northern reaches of the Niagara Escarpment and a stunning swath of hinterland that is rich in agricultural lands and welcoming communities.

Credit: VisitGrey.ca - Grey Road 13/Beaver Valley
 
Wondering where to start? Download the Grey County Cycling Routes map. You'll find 14 road routes ranging between 20km to 173km and covering all corners of the county. The map also details 3 rail trails and  11 mountain bike trail networks, including those at  Blue Mountain Resort , Ontario's largest lift-access bike park with rentals, repairs and lessons on site.

A great way to get yourself out to the region may be for you and a friend to sign up for Centurion Blue Mountain or try your luck on the waiting list for the Growling Beaver both in September.

With nearly 50 certified bicycle friendly businesses, t here's never been a better time to cycle in Grey County. Find more cycling information  visit  www.OntarioByBike.ca/Grey .


Georgian Bay Explorer Blog & Itinerary
 
Our first Ontario By Bike Ride of 2017 is a wrap and what fun we had. A f antastic group of riders, beautiful scenery, tasty food and weather that held together ( for the most part )!  

Want to know more about our ride? Read our   'A Weekend of Smooth Spinning in Southern Georgian Bay' Blog Post.
 
We're always thrilled to share our post-tour itineraries so cyclists can follow our routes on their own time, at their own pace. Here is our 2-day Georgian Bay Explorer Itinerary, a 95km self-guided discovery of Southern Georgian Bay. 


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Does this Tour Sound Interesting? Join Us On September Ride!

We still have a few spaces available for our 2-day Uxbridge - Kawartha Rail Trail Weekend (September 23-24). We'll be riding from Uxbridge to Peterborough (with an optional end in Lakefield) along the beautiful Kawartha Trans Canada Trail, a historic trail through farmlands and forests, over picturesque trestle bridges and alongside canals and wetlands. 

BOOK NOW by visiting our TICO licensed partner, OK Cycle Tours, who offer a wide range of cycling tours in Ontario and overseas. For more information visit www.OntarioByBike.ca/RideSept2017.
Let's Get to the Bottom of This!

We all have our preference for navigation while cycling. While some still prefer printed maps, many others are embracing advanced tech. 

What is your favourite ride app or digital mapping platform?

Let's get to the bottom of this! 

Take our 1-question survey, no longer than a minute of your time and have your say on this debate!



New Developments in the Golden Horseshoe

With summer in full swing and plenty of wonderful cycling experiences happening in all regions of Ontario, we're also seeing amazing things happening in southern Ontario's Golden Horseshoe Area. 

Credit: BlogTO.ca

While perhaps not the longest of trails in Ontario, the recently opened Trillium Park (7.5 acres) and William G. Davis Trail (1.3km) is no doubt an exciting one! T his addition to Toronto's waterfront is a first step in transforming Ontario Place into a vibrant, year-round waterfront destination. The trail now connects to the 56km Martin Goodman Trail (part of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail in Toronto) and offers stunning views of Toronto's skyline and waterfront. For cycling information in Toronto, visit www.OntarioByBike.ca/Toronto

If you're in Toronto on a Wednesday in July, and don't have a bike, don't fret. Head over to anyone of the 200 stations at Bike Share Toronto and pick up a ride for free! For more information visit www.BikeShareToronto.com

To the east, Mississauga has just released a new, easy-to-navigate cycling map for the city. They also released a wonderful website that houses their new Mississauga Bike Challenge, cycling safety and events, as well as information on 24 free community bike rides in 2017! Visit www.MississaugaBikes.ca for more information.

Want to bring your bike on GO Transit?

Metrolinx/GO Transit and the Waterfront Regeneration Trust are making it easier and safer to bike between the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail and select GO Train/Bus stations on signed connector routes with the newly launched Trail to GO initiative. Want to explore the Greater Toronto, Hamilton and Niagara region by bike, without driving kilometres to get there?  Download their mini guide to 11 connections and 4 trip ideas.


Visit www.GOTransit.com for information on rush hour train restrictions, bike racks on buses, and bike parking at stations.
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2017 Cycling Events in Ontario

Join a cycling event in 2017 and discover one of the best ways to explore a new area by bike. Here is a list of some of the events coming up over the next couple of months.

Ontario 150 Celebrate by Bike
Celebrate by Bike events are connecting 15 communities across Ontario through cycling. Events take advantage of the iconic Greenbelt Route and Great Lakes Waterfront Trail.

For full event listings visit www.OntarioByBike.ca/150
   
  Le Tour de Norfolk   
July 16
July 23
July 30 - August 4
July 30
August 6
Burlington Bike Fest
August 11
  Ride4UnitedWay
August 13
  Ride for Karen
August 13   
  Dunnville Grand Tour
August 18-20
August 19

August 20
PwC Epic Tour Halton
September 10
Canada South Coast Bike Tour
September 23
Beau's Octoberfest Ride
September 23
Greg`s Ride
September 24 

Be sure to visit  www.OntarioByBike.ca/Events  for more complete listings  and search over 10 0 cycling event listings with something for every type of cyclist

Do you know of an event that isn't listed on our site? Send an email to info@ontariobybike.ca and we'll add it!
2017 Cycling In Ontario / Le vélo en Ontario Guide

Have you got your hands on the 2017 Cycling in Ontario Guide?

This popular ( and free!) 32-page guide features some of Ontario's best road, trail and mountain bike experiences from destinations across the province! 

Published in both French and English, the annual guide has become a key trip planning resource for cyclists looking to explore more of Ontario by bike.  

Visit www.OntarioByBike.ca/2017    to view the guide online, download as PDF file or email info@ontariobybike.ca with your mailing address to request a copy by mail, while they still last!
Now We're Rolling!

Summer is in full flight ( as we look to the sky with a suspicious eye)! While friends and family mope about cooler temperatures, you can easily pick a cyclist out in a crowd - yes the one with a big grin on their face. 

Whether it's the cooler temperature in the day, or your taking advantage of the long days with cool mornings and nights, this is perfect summer riding weather. 

Looking for something new to ride?  C heck  www.OontarioByBike.ca  and source the latest maps and resources for your new favourite ride destination!  Share your cycling pics and stories through email or post on social media and tag #OntarioByBIke and #BikeON

We'll reconnect again in August, but in the meantime, here's to a great summer of cycling and exploring Ontario by bike!

Cheers, 
From Louisa & Michael 

Ontario By Bike Network 
Project of Transportation Options 
850 Coxwell Ave ~ Toronto, ON ~ M4C 5R1 
Office : 416-827-2774 
Toll-Free : 1-866-701-2774 

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