Ontario By Bike E-News: October
- Last of 2017 - 
Top Road & Trail Rides Across the Kawarthas
 
If you are looking to squeeze in a last ride or two before the snow flies or already thinking ahead to summer 2018, look no further than Peterborough and the Kawartha Lakes area. With 2 cycling maps showing road routes and trails, planning a day or longer of rides is easy. With many options for stops in smaller and bigger towns, during, pre or post ride, there is more to do than just ride.




From the ample selection of quiet country roads, a number of paved loops have been mapped and signed. In the City of Kawartha Lakes, and north east of Lindsay, one of the most popular cottage country rides is the  South Sturgeon Route . While only 36km towards Bobcaygeon and back, an easy add-on circuits north of the lake and south from Fenelon Falls. South from Peterborough, the Hills, Views and Pastries Route is a top pick for those looking to rev it up. A convenient and not to be missed half way stop on both the 65km and 80km loop is the Pastry  Peddler  in Millbrook. This bicycle friendly cafĂ© also is home to Frog Cycles and a vintage bike gallery.

For rail trail fans we suggest taking a spin on the Kawarthas Trans Canada Trail. This excellent off-road option makes for a scenic and pleasant ride from a variety of start points. For a second time we returned to this trail, hosting one of our Ontario By Bike Rides and overnight tours starting in Uxbridge and ending in Lakefield, riding a total of 100km over 2 days. Read more about last month's ride on our recently published blog: A Hot Ride on a Cool Trail. You can also easily plan a self-supported version of this same ride by downloading and replicating our ride itinerary.

For more information also visit  www.OntarioByBike.ca/kawarthasnorthumberland  to download cycling maps, find out about road routes, trail networks, mountain biking and certified bicycle friendly locations to eat, visit and sleep! 

This Weekend: We'll Be There - Will You? 


Saturday, October 14, stop by our Ontario Cycle Tourism Info Centre to pick us some new cycling route maps and say hello. You will find us right by the exit door. Don't miss THE bike sale of the year, incredible deals and a fun day out. www.www.bicycleshowtoronto.com
Bike 200 - Canada 150

While Canada has been busy with 150 celebrations this year, did you know that 2017 marks the bicycle's 200th birthday? 

Using his rolling invention, Baron Karl von Drais of Mannheim, Germany took his inaugural ride in June 1817, covering a distance of 14km on what looks like a very uncomfortable contraption. 

While it took another 40 or so years for the idea to catch on, the bicycle was originally invented as an alternative to horse and coach, solving transportation problems from day one. Click HERE to read more. 
Reminder to Campers & Bike Riders!
- Take This Short Survey -

Cycling is growing in Ontario and cyclists are increasing looking for overnight accommodations while travelling, including staying at campgrounds. 

Using the results of this survey and other research, we're considering updating our criteria for campgrounds to best suit the needs of bicycle travellers. 

Please share this survey with others so we can ensure that cyclists' needs are being met at camping facilities across the province. Survey closes November 1. We'll be sure to share the result in our first enewsletter of 2018. 

Hop on WEBikeBus this October

WEBikeBus (Windsor-Essex Bike Bus) is making it easy for cyclists to explore the beautiful cycling in Essex County!

Launching this coming weekend, Sunday, October 15, and also running the following Sunday, October 29, WEBikeBus is a new pilot initiative making popular destinations and cycling routes on the north shore of Lake Erie more accessible for day trips by providing bus service with bike transportation between Windsor and Essex County

Point Pelee National Park - Credit: Goh Iromoto

Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for under-18 and include round trip to Kingsville, Leamington or Point Pelee and bike transport by truck.

An ambassador will be on board to provide passengers with tourism and cycling information along with a bike mechanic for minor and temporary repairs for a donation.

Visit  www.OntarioByBike.ca/WindsorEssexPelee to download cycling maps and find information on road routes and trails and certified bicycle friendly locations in the area to make the most of this new service.
Ontario By Bike`s Fall Photo Contest

2017 Fall Photo Contest Winner 
Laura, Milne Dam, York Region
We know cyclists look forward to riding in the fall for many reasons, including the cooler temperatures and riding alongside the colourful fall foliage!

Whether you are with friends, family or on a club ride, take the time to snap a few great photos featuring bikes, autumn colours and places you stop. Or submit a photo from a favourite Ontario ride this past year.  

With your permission we'll share the best 3 photos on social media and announce a prize winner in our Spring (next) e-newsletter. 

To submit your photo/s email info@ontariobybike.ca  before contest closes November 20. Be sure to include your name, where you are from and info on where in Ontario the photo was taken. 
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2017 Cycling Events in Ontario

With the warm event season soon coming to an end, here are a few coming soon. Cyclocross rides extend well into November and Fat Bikes winter 2018 events will be online for the new year. 
   
October 14
 
 Fall Harvest Ride
October 14
Hastings HIghlands Hilly Hundred
October 14
 Toronto International Bicycle Show - Fall Blowout 
October 14
October - November
Sausage Suit ITT
October 14
The Silver Goose
October 21-22
 Overdrive Race & Relay Series
October 29 

For more information on above events be sure to visit  www.OntarioByBike.ca/Events 
2018 event listings will be posted in December. 

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!
Stay Tuned For 2018

With many temperate days ahead, not everyone is ready to pack away their bicycles for the season and indeed many of us ride all winter long. 

Layer up, try a fat bike, don't let the fun stop now and keep rolling. 

As this is our last enewsletter of 2017, we encourage you to stay in touch through social media ( Facebook, Instagram and Twitter #BikeOn #OntarioByBike) and look out for our first enewsletter early in 2018 where we will give you a preview of the 2018 Cycling in Ontario guide,  what spring shows and events to find us at and our summer tour destinations.  

Thanks for staying tuned ... 

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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