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Ontario By Bike Update

In This Issue: October 2014
Season Wrap-Up
Fall Bicycle Sale
Greenbelt Route 2015
Complete Cycling Survey
New Regional Cycling Maps
Signing Off for 2014
Take Our Survey
Working with Ryerson University we have a study underway, that we ask you, as a cyclist, to complete. 

Click HERE to complete the Survey

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Cycling Photos?
Were you able to get out this year and snap great shots of cyclists in Ontario?
Tour de Hans - LM  Ontario By Bike would like to connect with you and chat about sharing your great pictures with our growing community to help inspire others to get out on their bikes!
Email your cycling pictures to [email protected]
Cycling Art
We recently had the pleasure to meet a very talented artist, David Atkinson, who specializes in cycling art and design. 

View more of David's work and find out how to connect with him directly, on his website

Cycling Events in 2015

Apart from cyclo-cross and the Fall Blowout Sale there aren't many cycling events scheduled for the remainder of 2014. 


But stay tuned for our 2015 event listings. One of the most visited pages on our website, with over 80 cycling events listed, we will be updating dates and event information for all the listings as 2015 approaches. 


Let us know if we've missed an event you enjoyed in 2014, so we can post it online!  

Save The Date!
Join us as we kick off our promotions next year at Toronto's 2015 Outdoor Adventure Show!
On February 20, 21 and 22, head down to the International Centre and find the Ontario Cycle Tourism Information Booth, bringing together all of the latest cycling maps, guides and information you'll need to plan your next Ontario cycling getaway.
For more information visit the Outdoor Adventure Show
2014 Cycling Guide
View on-line version at:

Also available in French

Cycling in Ontario

We have now have limited print copies available for distribution, distributing close to 35,000 copies 
this year.

Coming soon: 
Cycling in Ontario 2015 
Bike Train
Regular Bike Train options with both GO Transit and VIA Rail have now ended for the season. 
GO bus connections with bike racks are still available to and from Niagara and VIA Rail transports bikes as luggage through out the year. Contact VIA Rail's customer service for details.


Bike Train
For more info on 2015 routes and schedules stay tuned to:

After another successful year, the 2014 Parkbus schedule is now finished, with runs to Provincial and National Parks resuming again in 2015. 


Stay up to date with new year schedule announcements and lots of other fun and interesting postings at: 

or Parkbus on Facebook

E-News Archive
Archived since May 2011, visit the following link to read more from our past issues. 
We have alot 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. 


Visit our website or simply click HERE


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With Thanks to

our 2014 Sponsors




  VIA Rail 

  GO Transit

 Pedal Magazine


Norco Bicycles  


 Season Wrap-Up

If you are not an all-season cyclist, as we approach November your 2014 ride days and the cycling season is soon coming to an end. We hope you have many great memories and top ride experiences, getting out and exploring more of Ontario by bike. 


Taking stock of our season, we can't help but look back reflecting on our favourite rides of the year, thinking of all the people we met and projects we completed this year for Ontario By Bike. 

In January, we were pleased to announce our new name, rebranding from the Welcome Cyclists Network to Ontario By Bike. Our new name was well received by the cycling community and we continue to grow our cycling information services to new regions and expand the bicycle-friendly business certification program. 

Early 2014 also saw the release of our 20-page, full-colour 'Cycling In Ontariopublication, aimed at inspiring cyclists to explore Ontario on two wheels. In 2015, we'll be publishing a new edition with the latest cycling experiences and information to help you explore more of Ontario by bike. Keep your eyes out for this publication and for information on how you can request a copy.


It continued to be a busy year, seeing the Network expand to Ottawa, where Ontario By Bike has now certified 38 locations, plus Wellington West BIA as Ontario's first bicycle-friendly business area! The Network also expanded to Ontario's southwest including; Elgin, Oxford and Middlesex counties. Cyclists can now access great cycling information and over 60 certified bicycle-friendly businesses throughout these areas! Later this month, Ontario By Bike will be launching the Network in the Parry Sound District!


Ontario By Bike also reconnected with the communities throughout the Greenbelt, giving a cyclists a refresh of new cycling information and certifying more businesses as bicycle-friendly in the regions of NiagaraHalton, Peel, York, and Durham, as well as Hamilton and Northumberland County. Well timed, as the Greenbelt Route gets ready to launch in 2015. (See below for more details.)


And did you check out our new Ride Guide series? Recognizing that many cyclists wish to ride and tour independently we developed our first three Ride Guides. Now available for Toronto, Ottawa and Grey County, each provides an optimal self-guided route itinerary with links to further cycling resources, routes, certified bicycle-friendly business locations and suggestions for a fun bike getaway.


Cyclists - Belleville

We can't help but look forward and get excited about what lies ahead. Whether it's the return of some of our favourite cycling events, new routes and maps, Network expansion in existing areas and launching in new ones, or growing our shared collection of great cycling experiences in the province, 2015 is sure to be a great year for cycling in Ontario!

Don't Miss This Weekend:
Bicycle Fall Blowout Sale

This Saturday, October 18th, don't miss the  15th Annual Bicycle Fall Blowout Sale at Exhibition Place in Toronto. The exciting annual fall event of the popular spring Toronto International Bicycle Show, draws cyclists of all ages from across the province with some of the best pricing on 2014 bikes and gear. 



Doors open at 10am and close at 5pm, so get there early as there is usually a line-up of cycling enthusiasts waiting to snap up still-new, year-end stock from Ontario's top bicycle retailers at likely the year's lowest prices - everything from mountain bikes, to touring bikes, to accessories and apparel.


For more information visit

   Greenbelt Route - Opening 2015
There is a great new cycling route in Ontario on the horizon for 2015. Opening next summer, the 480km, fully signed Greenbelt Route will steer cyclists through some of the prettiest natural and agricultural landscapes and welcoming communities across the Greenbelt, from Cobourg to Niagara.


Primarily on quiet, well-paved country back roads, with some trail segments along the way, the route will also feature some shorter break-away side loops and itineraries perfect for day trippers. Additionally, there will be a number of north-south connectors and easy transit options to connect to the route from various start points.


Ontario By Bike is proud to be a part of the route development team, with partners at the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, and encourage you to circle August 16 to 21, 2015 on your calendar!


Join in the inaugural end-to-end ride event and celebration, part of a 6-day, fully supported tour and special edition of the Great Waterfront Trail Adventure. Stay tuned for registration information and other details to be posted on our project partner's website.



For more details on the route read a great article by Toronto Star journalist John Barber, who shared some of the highlights from the test ride this past Spring. Read the article here.


Start making plans to get out and explore the Greenbelt on two wheels next summer -

Complete This Cycling Survey 

- Help Us, Help You -

Ontario By Bike is working with Ryerson University on a research project that will provide greater insight into the impacts and benefits of cycle tourism in Ontario.


We're looking to help collect data from a large sample size of cyclists before the end of October.


If you have a few minutes, please take the time to complete this short online survey. 


We thank you in advance. 


Take the survey HERE!


Deadline: October 31

  New Regional Cycling Maps

New this fall are two printed cycling maps, one from Halton Region and the other the 1000 Islands


Great for route and trip planning, with additional resources available online, have a look at the PDF versions and find out how to request a hard copy if needed. 




Visit the Ontario Cycle Tourism Information Booth at various consumer shows and cycling events throughout 2015, where we'll be on hand distributing maps like these and other great cycling resources!


If you can't easily find info on where to get regional cycling maps on our site or on regional visitor information sites, please let us know, and we would be happy to be of assistance. Email us at [email protected].
 Signing Off for 2014!

Well it's that time of year again at Ontario By Bike. This is our last e-newsletter of 2014. Thank you for staying in touch and being part of a great community that receives this newsletter, a group of nearly 5,000 cyclists! 


Stay in touch via Facebook or Twitter, as we look forward to keeping you up to date with fun and relevant cycling information over the winter. 


Feel free to connect with us if we can be of assistance as we are always happy to hear from you. 


We'll be back to you with our monthly e-newsletter in spring 2015, in the meantime, keep those wheels spinning (whether you're inside or out) and ride safe.


From Louisa, Joanne & Michael 
Ontario By Bike Network & Bike Train Team
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