Ontario By Bike E-News: May
Great Places to Cycle - Durham Region

Durham Region, located just east of Toronto, has a number excellent regional and cross-regional road routes and off-road trail systems, 
meaning there is truly something for all types of cyclists.

The award-winning Durham Cycle Tours Map features 9 looped road routes that touch every corner of the region and range from 25 to 60 km. The map also features the location and contact details of over 70 Ontario By Bike certified bicycle friendly businesses

Several areas in Durham Region have a growing network of fantastic mountain bike trails and are attracting a large number of mountain bike enthusiasts. The Durham Mountain Bike Association has been leading trail development in and around Durham Forest for a number of years and in 2015 opened 13 km of new signed single track called Dagmar North Trails

If road riding is your thing, consider riding portions of, or the entire 475 km signed Greenbelt Route, which traverses nearly 100 km through Durham Region from Uxbridge to south of Ganaraska Forest. Or try the Scugog Country Cruise, a 39 km loop in and out of Port Perry and  one of 8 day trip itineraries featured off the Greenbelt Route.

Credit: Richard Claxton-Oldfield
Plan a Durham summer cycling weekend with two cycling events filling out the weekend of August 13-14. Sign up and test your endurance at  the Ride4UnitedWay Gran Fondo , and the following day join in for the first annual  Durham Waterfront Ride  to cruise the wonderful trails following the Lake Ontario shoreline.

The southern area of the region is easily accessible without a vehicle, with frequent GO trains on the Lakeshore East Line going as far as Oshawa and with GO bus services reaching beyond, offering access to the northern municipalities. Bike are allowed on GO trains on weekends and during off-peak hours, and GO buses are all equipped with two bike racks on the front of each bus.

Find more cycling information for Durham Region and the now over 80 bicycle friendly places to stay, eat at or visit in the region at: www.ontariobybike.ca/Durham
June 18-19: Ontario By Bike Ride - Niagara South

Last chance to book - limited space is still available - on Ontario By Bike`s two-day, small group tour, June 18 to 19. 

Featuring primarily off- road riding along the Greater Niagara Circle Route, d iscover the quieter side of Niagara and Niagara south, with this spectacular trail ride along the Niagara River Recreational Trail, the F riendship Trail and the Welland Canal Parkway Trail. 

Average daily ride distances  are under 60km on fully paved surfaces with limited on road riding, making this looped ride well-suited for all types of cyclists. Take in the beauty of Niagara Region, its rivers and beaches, as well as a  unique ferry jaunt over the Canal on the Port Robinson Ferry.

The tour includes hotel accommodations, lunches, snacks and more.
Just bring your bike and ride! 

For more detailed information, v isit our tour page at: www.ontariobybike.ca/rides2016 or 


Coming soon: Details on September Simcoe County Trail Loop
Watch out for announcement in June's E-News & visit tour webpage. 
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Family Fun Trail Rides

Enjoying outdoor activities always makes for a great day out with family. When sticking to off-road trails, biking is a safe and easy activity for all ages. Depending on your riders, make sure there is extra time for stops that may include ice cream, turtle ponds, swimming spots and more!

Bring the family to explore the paved trails from downtown Ottawa following Ottawa' s Rideau Canal or the Ottawa River. Enjoy another great family ride destination, with lake views, beaches and parks, following the Waterfront Trail  between Burlington and Hamilton. 

Cycling experiences in the 1000 Islands offers a spectacular, off-road ride perfect for families with younger riders, while  York Region`s trail systems present family friendly riding with easy access to wetlands, woodlands and beautiful green spaces.


An an excerpt from the 2016 Cycling in Ontario Guide. 
Photo Credit: Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (2015)

Ontario's Southwest Cycling Itineraries

Ontario`s Southwest is making it easy for you to plan your next cycling trip in Ontario by releasing a series of multi-day road and mountain itineraries in the region. Each feature a downloadable PDF itinerary, online resources as well as RideWithGPS links.

St. Thomas and Four Ports Tour - B eginning and ending in St. Thomas, this  4-day journey takes
in Lake Erie's northern shoreline and passes through communities with rich maritime heritage and vast agricultural lands.

Looping Through Lambton - A 3 or 4 day cycling route, offers g reat cycling along quiet rural roads as well as river and lake-side riding. Enroute riders can stops at beaches, antique shops, interesting museums and National Historic Sites, live theatre, farmer's markets and great local restaurants and cafés. 

Windsor Kingsville Essex TourThis 3-day journey, which begins and ends in Windsor, follows scenic rural roads and trails to the heart of Canada's southernmost wine region. Follow glistening Lake Erie and Detroit River shorelines and enjoy panoramic views of rich agricultural lands.

Mountain Bike the Southwest - Located all within a 100km radius, make a weekend tour or longer to conquer the trails at one of these choice
destinations:  Boler Mountain , Turkey Point , The Pines , Fanshawe Conservation Area  or Wildwood . Included on itineraries are h and-picked dining and accommodation options (including camping) making it easy to grab your bike and a few of your closest trail buddies.

Cycling Infrastructure Investment 
Did Your Favourite Ride Destination Receive Funding?

The Provincial government and Ministry of Transportation along with municipal partners, are investing to improve cycling infrastructure in a number of communities in Ontario. Recently announced is the allocation of $10 million in provincial funding to share costs with 37 municipalities to build new, or improve existing, cycling infrastructure.  

May Long Weekend: Bike Train to Niagara
Credit: Lorne Bridgeman

The first seasonal Bike Train service between Toronto and Niagara starts next weekend and continues this summer with GO Transit. The 2016 service is operating Victoria Day May long weekend, all weekends and holiday's from June 24 through to September 5, Labour Day Monday, plus Canadian Thanksgiving weekend.

For more information and departure times visit BikeTrain.ca or GOTransit.com.

Use  OntarioByBike.ca/Niagara to find and download cycling maps and other resources, as well as over 160 Ontario By Bike certified bicycle friendly businesses, including accommodations, cafes and restaurants, wineries and attractions.
Upcoming Cycling Events in Ontario

A great way to get out and explore a new area by bike, enjoy a tour, have fun and depending on event, support a charity. Here is a list of just some of the events on over the next couple of months.

Looking ahead ... June is Bike Month in Ontario . Most communities have a day, week long, or even month long schedule of events celebrating cycling. Check local event listings to find out more.
   
May 28
May 28 & 29   
May 29
June 4
Be sure to visit  www.ontariobybike.ca/events for more complete listings  and search over 9 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 to our site!
2016 Cycling In Ontario / Le vélo en Ontario Guide

Copies of the annual  Cycling in Ontario Guide are moving fast. 

Featuring Ontario's best road, trail and mountain bike experiences this free guide is published in both French and English and is a key trip planning resource for cyclists looking to explore more of Ontario by bike. 

Visit  OntarioByBike.ca/2016  to view the guide online, download as PDF file or find information on how to request a copy by mail. 

E-Newsletter Archive

Archived since May 2011,  click here to read more from our past issues
 
We have a lot of fun putting together content for you to read in our 7 annual issues, and hope to inspire you to explore more of  Ontario by bike.  Consider sharing the link  with a friend!
Roll On!

The season is well under way and there is no doubt that more and more Ontario residents and visitors are exploring the province by bike. With great itineraries helping cyclists plan day and overnight trips, events that are making cycling accessible for all and more and more resources available, we couldn't be happier sharing in this great activity with you all!

Be sure to tell us about your cycling experiences so we can in turn share these with others. Did you find a great cycling event in your community?  We want to celebrate it too! Did you have a great experience at one of the 1,100+ bicycle friendly businesses in Ontario? Let everyone know!

We're out on the roads and trails this year and hope to cross paths with you and others while enjoy Ontario by bike!

Cheers, 
From Louisa, Joanne & 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