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Ontario By Bike Update

In This Issue: May 2014
Ottawa's Ride Guide
Great Places to Cycle: Simcoe
Cycling Challenges in Ontario
Bike Month - Bike To Work Day - May 26
It's Heating Up!
Upcoming Events
May 24 
May 25
May 31


May 31
May 31


June 1
June 1
June 7-8


June 8 
June 14
The Wild Ride Mountain Bike Festival
June 14
Ottawa Ride Guide!
Guided Tour Launch & Self Guided Route 
Saturday, May 31 

& more Ottawa Bike Getaway Info
Join us at 

Capital V�lo Fest

June 1 - Toronto
Enjoy the ride
& come and visit our info centre on-site
post ride
2014 Cycling Guide
We have received many requests to mail out copies of our new 20-page cycling guide titled - Cycling In Ontario. The guide is packed with tips to help cyclists explore Ontario by bike. Send us an email if you would like to receive a print copy. If you want to view the guide online visit:

Cycling in Ontario

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E-News Archive
Archived since May 2011, visit the following link to read more and 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. 


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Transport you and your bike to destinations around Ontario serviced by VIA Rail and GO Transit. 

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The season begins this weekend with buses running until mid October to 7 parks around Ontario. 


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With Thanks to

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  VIA Rail 

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 Ontario By Bike - Ottawa's Ride Guide
 Do you ever wish you could just show up somewhere new and instantly have information on the best cycling route to get to know the town, city or countryside around you?
Our new Self Guided Ride Guides, rolling out this summer, plan to provide you with the solution, starting off with the Ottawa Downtown Explorer Route! Join us for a special guided tour version and launch of the Ottawa Ride Guide and new route on Saturday, May 31st, 2014 - proud to be part of the Capital Vlo Fest in Ottawa!
Take this 2 1/2 hour, 20 km guided tour and explore Ottawa's best attractions and beautiful streetscapes by bike!
With limited space available, we recommend that you RSVP today and secure your place on a guided tour to launch the route.
  • When:  Saturday, May 31, 4:30pm to 7pm
  • What:  A guided tour of the new route with Ottawa Cycling Tours
  • Where:  Starting from the festivities at Capital Vlo Fest - Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave West
  • Cost:  Courtesy fee for guides, $10 per person if you bring your own bike or rent elsewhere. Payable at start of ride. (*This guided tour has a $70/pp value!)
Come out and ride the Ottawa Downtown Explorer Route, but stay for the amazing festivities that make up one of Ottawa's premier cycling events - Capital Vlo Fest! Join the crowds and ride the Tour La Nuit with live music at the start, finish and along the route. The event takes riders on a scenic evening ride on a closed route along Ottawa's historic Rideau Canal, from Ottawa City Hall, through the Experimental Farm and back!
For more information on the Ottawa Downtown Explorer Route visit - or RSVP Here.

Toronto Ride Guide launch June 15. See below for more info.
 Great Places to Cycle: Simcoe
Whether you are an avid road cyclist, recreational rail trail fan or adventurous mountain biker, Simcoe County has a large variety of cycling routes and activities to fill first time visits and countless return trips. 
Centrally located, once you are in Simcoe County many quiet roadways connect smaller communities and larger centers. Simcoe County has a myriad of trails throughout the county, from abandoned rail lines to waterfront meanders, through many provincial parks and conservation areas.


Don`t know where to start? Cycle Simcoe has you covered!


Exploring Oro-Medonte has never been easier with new printed and online maps highlighting great cycling routes and trails. There is definitely terrain for all riders; from the more challenging country roads to relaxing rail trails. Visit Cycle Simcoe for more details.

If you're looking to get out with a group and explore Oro-Medonte, consider signing up to the fundraising Cycle Camelot event held on May 31st from Horseshoe Resort. Four cycling route choices of varying distances allow everyone to challenge themselves either as an individual rider or as part of a team.
Bike rentals and tours - Would you prefer an expert to take you out and show you the best trails and routes? If you plan on travelling to the Simcoe County why not consider getting in touch with a local bike rental business or bike tour operator. Check out this list of Bike Tours and Rentals in Simcoe.


If you're looking for some great information of both on and off-road cycling experiences in the region, visit our Great Places to Cycle page for Simcoe County.


Looking to stay the night? Stay at one of the 15 certified bicycle-friendly accommodations!

Cycling Challenges in Ontario 

Have you got what it takes?

Cycle in Oxford County this season and help them achieve their 1,000,000 km challenge! 


Located in southwest Ontario with Woodstock being the largest town centre, Oxford invites you and your bike to visit and participate. The 1 million km summer bike challenge is about a community coming together, being active and celebrating cycling. Day trippers, weekend visitors and residents can all participate and track their kilometre count on a dedicated website.
Continue without an account if you want to enter kilometres one time only, or if you want to track your kilometres over the summer, create a user profile on the Ride Oxford website.

Looking for local cycling information and wondering what trails or road routes can be conquered in Oxford County to help chip away at the 1 million km's? Visit the new Southwest Ontario page on our website -




The Town of Halton Hills has also put a cycling challenge on the table for 2014! The goal is to track 300,000 km on a dedicated website - If the goal is reached, the participating pledge sponsors will donate a total of $64,000 to the Georgetown Hospital Foundation!


Feel up to it? Log onto the website, register and then regularly add your kilometres to the ever growing total. You can register as an individual or as a family. 



Looking for trails, routes and other cycling information to help you rack up those km's in Halton? Visit the Halton Region page on our website -
Bike Month - Bike To Work Day - May 26

What can often be the worst part of the day can be turned into the best part by riding your bike to work. While not feasible for everyone, those that commute by bike are likely to agree to the benefits which include avoiding and reducing traffic congestion, cost savings and healthier active lifestyles.


Which side of the road would you rather be on?


Celebrate Bike Month in June across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area (GTHA) and participate in any number of the hundred or so fun events scheduled across the larger regional area.


Kick off Bike Month the right way and embrace Bike To Work Day on Monday, May 26. Many group rides and community start points are available throughout the GTHA. Take a pledge to ride, and sign up to win a new bicycle.


If you are in Toronto join in for the 25th anniversary of Bike to Work Day. Be sure to stop by our Ontario Cycle Tourism Info Centre at Nathan Phillips Square, and enjoy a free pancake breakfast, post ride.


Find all the details at:


Join us June 15 - for Toronto Ride Guide Launch, a Bike Month event and guided bike tour of downtown Toronto with Toronto Bicycle Tours.

It's Heating Up!

While it seems liked Spring would never arrive, we're certain we have turned the corner towards another great cycling season! This is some of the best weather to get out and cycle in. Warm days and cool nights mean that you've likely been meeting others on the roads, trails or paths around the province!  


We're always excited to share with you some of the amazing cycling stories and experiences Ontario has to offer. Of course, if you have a story or experience you'd like to share back, please let us know.


Finally, we want to thank you the readers of the Ontario By Bike e-newsletter that now reaches over 4,500 cyclists! Until next month, we hope you are able to remain connected via our Facebook or Twitter postings. 


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