Ontario By Bike Update

In This Issue: May 2015
Great Places to Cycle: City of London
Ontario By Bike Ride #2
South Coast Shuttle
Toronto-Niagara Train Gets Rolling
Mountain Biking Destinations
Happy Trails To You
Upcoming Cycling Events in 2015
June 20 to 21 Ride
Ride for Heart
May 31 - Toronto
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    Great Places to Cycle:
City of London
London, Ontario is a hidden gem for many cyclists and a fantastic choice for a cycling getaway no matter one's cycling preference.

Cyclists can explore the Thames River Pathway with over 40km of paved, multi-use path that lies alongside the Thames River and offers easy access to a number of the city's museums, galleries and the Covent Garden Market. The pathway runs through the city of London, which has over 300km of bike paths and bike lanes.

Few places in Ontario can offer up great mountain biking so close to a vibrant urban setting. Boler Mountain has both beginner and advanced loops; meaning there is terrain for all types of riders. The Fanshawe Lake Trail is a 20km loop open from dawn to dusk, 7 days a week. Helmets are mandatory and a round trip takes about 1 ½ to 2 hours.


Why not visit London car-free this season, with weekday and weekend bike transportation available on VIA Rail's service between Windsor-London-Toronto. Visit VIA Rail's website for schedules and information.


Find more cycling information for London and the greater Southwest Ontario region or find bicycle friendly places to stay, eat at or visit in the region at:


September Ontario By Bike Ride

Come ride with us!


In addition to our June Rail Trail Ride, we have recently announced tour details on the September Ontario By Bike Ride


This two-day weekend ride on the Hamilton Brantford Rail Trail, will also take the group to Paris and end on the Sunday afternoon on the shores of Lake Erie in Port Dover.


Join us September 19-20 and ride as little as 45km a day on well maintained interconnecting trails. If the timing is right, we may catch the first hint of autumn colours along the tree-lined path!


Stops for lunch, accommodations, as well as social and cultural outings are included. Luggage transfer and return transportation for you and your bike to the start are also included and help make riding this route one-way possible.


With all details taken care of all you have to do is ride!


Only space for 30 riders, so register early to avoid disappointment. Bring a friend, family or ride with the group, on what will certainly be a super weekend bike getaway and trail ride to remember!


  South Coast Shuttle Bus

Exploring the north shore of Lake Erie by bike just got a lot easier! The South Coast Shuttle Bus, is a new jump-on/jump-off transportation service announced earlier this year. It features t wo, 12-passenger buses that will travel 50km route between Port Dover and Long Point. Service kicks off May 16th until September 27th on Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays, between 11am and midnight.
PC: Norfolk Tourism
Shuttle Route
With space for up to five bikes on each bus, cyclists now have some great options to help them explore Norfolk County!
Take time exploring the beaches, wineries and culinary experiences by spending the day riding east or west from any of the communities along the route and take the bus back to your start point.
Find  bicycle friendly businesses in the area to make a full weekend of it!
The service is on a first-come-first-served basis and is bound to be popular, so we suggest planning according.  
The shuttles will take roughly one hour and 20 minutes to travel from end to end. The $6 one-way fare is quite affordable and allows riders to get off to visit various stops and later resume their journey in the same direction. 
Enter here for a chance to win a free pass for two on the South Coast Shuttle!
Toronto Niagara Train Gets Rolling

The first train of the summer season between Toronto and Niagara is set to roll this weekend.


In addition to the May Victoria Day and Thanksgiving long weekends, the service runs on July and August weekends (including holidays). Cyclists will find two specially equipped bike coaches on GO Transit's weekend service that extends beyond Hamilton all the way to St Catharines and Niagara Falls. Friday evening trains have space for up to 18 bikes, but weekend departures can take at least 46 bikes.


Skip the traffic headaches and hassles, by sitting back and enjoying the 2 hour train journey; arriving fresh to ride and visit bicycle friendly locations throughout Niagara. Need more inspiration? Don't miss this video featuring some of the bike highlights you can enjoy around the region. 


Take the reverse ride and make the most of convenient bike transportation into Toronto. Expanded 2015 schedule is also available on the Toronto-Barrie route. Other train services and bus transportation also accommodates cyclists, but in more limited numbers. 


Find out more at: 



Cycling in Ontario - Mountain Biking

PC: Tammy McCarthy Destinations throughout Ontario have been picking up their game when it comes to building and maintaining fantastic mountain bike facilities.


Looking for great mountain biking or technical trail riding this spring, summer or fall?



Get out and get your pulse rate up at a few of these locations:


City of Kawartha Lakes: Ken Reid Conservation Area

Halton Region: Kelso & Hilton Falls Conservation Areas

Oxford County: Wildwood Conservation Area & The Pines

Ottawa Valley: Forest Lea mountain bike trails

Prescott-Russell: Larose Forest

Northumberland County: Ganaraska Forest


Find more mountain biking options in our Cycling in Ontario Guide (2015), viewable online or request a print copy.

Happy Trails (& Roads) To You

It is hard not to notice all the smiles of cyclists passing by happy to be out on two wheels again. Whether it is a gentle nod, hand wave across the road, or a shout out in passing on the trail, cyclists tend to be a friendly bunch.


Tried and tested favourite routes are fun to get back to at this time of the year, witnessing the spring blossoms and fresh leaves. So too is it fun to get to somewhere new for a ride, using a bike to really get a feel for a new area and notice all things small and wonderful.


If you didn't get some new ride ideas and inspirations from above, dig around our website, view past enewsletters and look out for next month's issue.


Until then, ride on ... 

From Louisa, Joanne & Michael 
Ontario By Bike Network
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