Ontario By Bike E-News: May
Cycling Adventures Await 
- In Canada's Deep South - 

Wondering what could possibly be better than a two-wheeled adventure with pit stops for wine and great eats along the way? 

Look no further than the Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island Cycle Tourism Map to plan your next adventure that includes all of the above. If you are looking to pedal your way through the southern peninsula of Ontario, cyclists of all sorts can explore this region via six established cycling routes, all featured on this new map.   

Time to Get Rolling!

Seems like the timing of our spring rider survey, included in our last enewsletter, was good as 52% responded that April was when they got their bike out of winter storage - and thanked us for the reminder! 17% stated they rode all year long, and 7% indicated they have a summer and winter bike to alternate between. 

The tune-up question had 41% responding that they take their bike annually to their local bike shop for a spring tune-up, and 36% prefer a DIY tune-up. 

Whatever you answer - make sure you are ready to ride, and roll out with summer weather just around the corner. 
Rail Trail Adventures  
- In Kawartha Lakes - 

For many recreational cyclists, 'Rail Trails', are the trail of choice for day trip and overnight cycling trips. These converted rail beds are increasingly found throughout Ontario and offer opportunities to explore more and more of this province along car-free corridors in scenic, rural settings.

The City of Kawartha Lakes, which incorporates Lindsay and the surrounding area, including the villages of Bobcaygeon, Kinmount and Fenelon Falls, among others, sits at the cross-roads of two major rail trails in Ontario. Travelling east to west across the entire region, The Great Trail, known locally as the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail intersects the Victoria Rail Trail, which runs north to south, from Lindsay, offers plenty of trail riding for those looking to take bike trips in the heart of Ontario's cottage country.
June 1-2: Bike Travel Weekend

Why not make plans to hop on your bike and let it take you to a new destination this coming early June weekend. Be a part of a movement to get out more, exploring by bike. 

It's no coincidence that our first ride of the year, the sold out Trent Severn Trail Tour, is the same weekend, as we are all about bike travel. 

Make use of one of our day trip or weekend long itineraries:  OntarioByBike.ca/Resources/Itineraries and find plenty of other resources, ideas and inspiration on our website so you too can be a part of Adventure Cycling Associations'  Bike Travel Weekend.  
2019 Ontario By Bike Rides 

We make bike travel easy. If you haven't taken you bike on an overnight trip before, and/or want to experience a smooth ride with added luxuries of hotels, good food, great people, van support and more, our Ontario By Bike Rides, and small group tours, are just the thing for you. 

Just bring your bike and ride! 

Our value-priced ride weekends sell out! Book early to avoid disappointment. 

Sign up for one of the other 2019 Ontario By Bike Rides!

June 1-2
August 3-5

August 24-25
2 days / 1 night
Distance:  86km
Price: $289*

September 28-29
2 days / 1 night
Distance: 165km 
Price: $239*

For more information visit:  OntarioByBike.ca/Rides


With our TICO-licensed partner   OK Cycle & Adventure Tours
who offer a wide range of cycling tours in Ontario and world-wide! 
*Prices per person based on double occupancy. HST not included. Single rider supplement, triple, quad and youth discounts available. 
Cycling in Ontario Guide 2019

Whether you are a recreational or experienced cyclist or mountain biker, you'll love the 7th annual Cycling in Ontario Guide!

The guide is available in both French and English. Visit OntarioByBike.ca/2019  to view online or download a  copy. 

Request a physical copy by mail, by emailing your name and mailing address and including 'Cycling in Ontario' in subject line to:   info@OntarioByBike.ca
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Ontario's Best Bicycle Friendly Businesses

On March 1, Ontario By Bike / Transportation Options held its 4th Cycle Tourism Conference in Toronto. As part of the program, we hosted the inaugural Bicycle Friendly Business Awards selecting one Ontario By Bike certified bicycle friendly business from each of the 13 tourism regions in Ontario.

We'll be showcasing the 13 Best Bicycle Friendly Business Award winners throughout the year. Consider stopping in at one of these locations on your next cycling adventure in their region! 

Cyclists looking to stay at bicycle friendly accommodations near Brampton, will find all their needs met here. Comfortable and spacious rooms, bike storage and many more amenities make the Brampton location, which also serves as Sheridan College student accommodations, an easy choice for cycling groups, small and large. 

With 19 locations around Ontario, you are never far from a stay at RCC. See page 25 of our Cycling in Ontario guide for 10% off promo code, making these affordable accommodations, even more attractive. StayRCC.com

A cyclists mecca and coffee hot spot in downtown Uxbridge. Whether you are just off the trails in nearby Durham Forest, or refuelling after a long road ride, don't miss out. 

Enjoy tasty treats, caffeine and energy bars that are fully stocked and ready to consume in the cafe or while riding. With comfy surroundings, free water fill ups, and a floor that is well suited to cycling shoes, cyclists of all types will feel a special welcome here and can often be found lingering about the cafe exchanging bike stories and comparing ride notes.   NexusCoffee.net

There are now over 1,500 bicycle friendly locations in Ontario, certified by Ontario By Bike. Check the full listing here
2019 Cycling Events in Ontario

Join a cycling event in 2019 and discover one of the best ways to explore a new area by bike. Here is a list of some of the cycling events coming up over the next couple of months.
May 25
Jack Ride
May 25
Spin The Lakes
May 25
  Kitchener Bike Fest
May 26
May 26
Tour of Kincardine
May 26
Manitoulin Passage Ride
June 1-2
Ingersoll Big Cheese Challenge
June 1
MTB Extravaganza Weekend
June 1-2
Ride to Conquor Cancer
June 8-9
Tour de Grand
June 9
Humber Ride4RealFood
June 16 

Now updated for 2019, be sure to visit OntarioByBike.ca/Events for more complete listings and search well over 100 cycling event listings with something for every type of cyclist! 

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!
Ontario Cycle Tourism Info Centre

Come see us at one of the following two upcoming cycling events in Toronto. Pick up some new cycling maps and ride ideas to help plan your summer biking season. 

After the ride on June 2, make sure you step inside to Heart Park, and find our set up. We always love to hear about your ride, and help you plan your next one.

Officially kicking off Bike Month in Toronto, the 30th annual group commute and pancake breakfast in Nathan Phillips Square is on the morning of May 27. Stop by our booth in the square! 

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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