Ontario By Bike Update

In This Issue: September 2015
Great Places to Cycle: Waterloo Region
New Website Announcement
Featured Event: Greg's Ride
Great 2015 Fall Rides
Featured Business: PAMA Brampton
The Best is Yet to Come
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Upcoming Cycling Events in 2015
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  Great Places to Cycle:
Waterloo Region
Finding great cycling in Waterloo Region is never a challenge. Urban riding is easy to navigate using the Kitchener Bike Map, Waterloo Cycling Map or the Grand River Transit: Route Maps.  One can also get beyond the larger urban centres of  Kitchener and Waterloo and  explore endless kilometres of rolling hills or flatter landscapes.  
Credit: Grand-Experiences.com
North of Kitchener-Waterloo is the Township of Woolwich, which has  13 on-road cycling routes along quieter rural roads dotted with charming villages, meandering rivers, as well as a rich cultural heritage of past and present.  Six Neighbourhood Cycling Routes can be found around Cambridge and offer recreational cyclists shorter loops in and out of the city.
A multi-use trail network connects the major centres of Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and smaller communities around the region. Trails including the Kissing Bridge Trailway, Iron Horse Trail, Cambridge to Paris Rails Trail are all part of the  Trans Canada Trail . Ride to the famed market of  St Jacobs,   connect through to Guelph on the growing  Guelph to Goderich Rail Trail , follow trails all the way to Lake Erie or Lake Ontario. The possibilities are endless. 

Mountain bikers will get dialed in at The Hydrocut. This 25km trail system won't disappoint with 22 distinct sections of varying degrees of difficulties and something for riders of all ages and skill sets. Check out this great trail map with parking options.
Find more cycling information for Waterloo Region, as well as bicycle friendly places to stay, eat at or visit in the region at:
New Website - Mobile Friendly & More ...
We are pleased to announce and invite you to preview our brand new website. Now online and mobile friendly, you can access all Ontario By Bike business listings, route info, maps, events and more on any device, from the road, home or elsewhere.
Additional new features include new design and improved layout, more pictures of great places to cycle, all content translated into French and toggles to increase or decrease text size. A shout out goes to Akira Studios who we have been working with for the past 8 months on the redesign and programming.

Take a virtual tour and see for yourself. Send us your comments, we are always happy to hear back from you and hope the new site will continue to be a top resource for cycling in Ontario.  
 Featured Event: Greg's Ride
Sun day September 27th is the date set for Share the Road Cycling Coalition's 10th annual Greg's Ride.  Starting in Kelso Conservation Area, Milton, this charity and memorial ride supports all the great work that Share the Road champions, with 100% of proceeds going back to cycling advocacy and programs in Ontario.

With ride distances of 16km-65km-100km, hot lunch and family friendly post-ride celebrations, Fall colours and the Escarpment backdrop this is sure to be a stunning day out and ride you don't want to miss.  www.sharetheroad.ca
 Great 2015 Fall Rides
Don't look now but before you know it the days will be noticeably shorter, leaves will be changing colours and you'll be counting the final weekends of great riding conditions.
Thames River Pathway, London, Ontario
Celebrate the season and get your fall ride plans set now! 
Here are a few by great autumn trip ideas!
  1. Lanark County - Take in the beauty of the fall foliage along one of the 22 mapped routes in Lanark County (south west of Ottawa). Start points include towns of Smiths Falls, Perth, Almonte, Pakenham and Carleton Place.
  2. Haliburton Highlands - The hilly terrain in the Haliburton Highlands means challenging road routes and phenomenal views of the changing colours. Ride one of the 14 road routes mapped by the Haliburton Highlands Cycling Coalition. Try the trails at Sir Sam's or Haliburton Forest. 
  3. Simcoe County - Simcoe offers up a stunning autumn ride option. Follow smooth paved roads or take the weekend to ride the 100km+ off-road trail loop from Barrie north to Orillia and on to Midland/Penetanguishene, south back to Barrie. Check out CycleSimcoe.ca for maps, apps and pdf/gps file downloads.
  4. London - Over 40km of paved, off-road multi-use path lies alongside the Thames River on the Thames River Pathway and links to galleries, museums and other bike paths and bike lanes within the city.
Do you have a favourite fall route or trail ride? Share with everyone by Tweeting, posting on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #OntarioByBike!
Featured Business: PAMA Brampton
Earlier this summer, PAMA Brampton (Peel Art Gallery Museum & Archives) joined the Ontario By Bike Network and became one of the latest bicycle friendly museums in Ontario.
Credit: Trip Advisor
PAMA is located in 4 heritage buildings including the Historic Peel Courthouse and Jail at 9 Wellington St. E., in downtown Brampton. Easily accessible by bike, the museum is located near the Etobicoke Creek Trail, 14km stretching nearly the entire height of Brampton.
Take advantage of a great autumn program and visit the museum by bike. On September 26th, join Doors Open Brampton and visit PAMA for free with special activities all day long, including tours, talks and more.
For more cycling information for Brampton and the greater Peel Region, as well as other bicycle friendly places to stay, eat at or visit:
The Best is Yet to Come
What a great ride summer it has been! And it just keeps getting better right through to the next season, with fall just a week away. Now is the time to get out there, with cooler temperature and the changing colours, making September and October top ride months. 

Time to hit the road or trail, revisit a favourite regular route or try something new. Participate in a cycling event, and let someone else do the route planning for you. Pack your smartphone and click into all the info you need via our new website. 

Enjoy and ride safe. 

From Louisa, Joanne & Michael 

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