Ontario By Bike E-News: May
Warm greetings to our community of fellow cyclists who receive and read the Ontario By Bike monthly e-newsletter. We sincerely hope you, your family and friends are well during this challenging time.
While current government directives are to stay at home and travel for essential reasons only, our intent in delivering the May e-newsletter is to provide you with info to help inspire and plan future bicycle trips in Ontario, once we are officially allowed to get out and travel.
Until then, enjoy the read, visit our website, stay in touch on social media and stay fit.
Cyclists Survey

Please complete the following survey to assist our tourism partners, tourism businesses and related organizations understand and plan ahead to best help you enjoy your future cycling activities. We will also be sure to share the highlights in our June e-newsletter. 

On behalf of Ontario By Bike, Great Lakes Waterfront Trail and Share the Road Cycling Coalition, we thank you in advance. Survey open until: Saturday, May 23. Link HERE or below.

Top Cycling Trails in Ontario Parks

Photo Credit: Ontario Parks

If you are looking to get back into nature after an extended period of staying at home, and once travel restrictions are lifted, why not plan a ride and day trip to an Ontario Provincial Park in the near future. 
With over 330 park locations across the province, it was recently announced that Ontario Parks will be open again for use, with limitations on facilities, (link here for latest updates). 
To get you rolling, read our blog posting for more on some of our top trail picks for exploring the following Ontario Parks by bike: Algonquin, Pinery, Presqu'ile, Arrowhead, Sleeping Giant, Restoule.  

E-Bike Revolution: Buyers Guide Now Available 
E-bikes are here to stay and are the fastest growing class of bicycles. 

More and more cyclists hoping on an electric assist bicycle to help them get from point A to B, hop on a trail, take a tour and more. 

If you haven't already tried one, you don't know what you are missing. 

 Are you ready to join the e-bike revolution? 

Find out more about these types of bikes in eBikes International debut Buyers Guide for 2020. 

This free 80 page new digital publication highlights over 100 models and 25 brands of eRoad, eMTB, eUban and eCargo options. 

View online or download a copy today to find out more: Ebikes-International.com
2020 Award Winners 
Ontario's Best Bicycle Friendly Businesses

2020 is the second year of our Bicycle Friendly Business Awards, where we select one Ontario By Bike certified bicycle friendly business from each of the 13 tourism regions in Ontario.

We'll be showcasing the  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 as they have all taken the extra steps offering services and amenities to welcome cyclists to their location.

Cyclists are always welcome with friendly service and smiles at this cafe located in the village of Creemore, just south of Collingwood. 

Bike racks and nearby outdoor seating, along with butter tarts, date squares, cappuccinos and more are just some of the energy treats available for refueling before or after tackling the nearby hills and road or trail routes in Simcoe County. Water refills are complimentary, and so too are all the cyclists who stop by and spread the word about this popular bicycle friendly cafe.    AffairsBakery.com

On a well traveled route along Lake Ontario and the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail, the Inn is situated in downtown Cornwall, a great location for an overnight break on a multi-day ride. Close to all city amenities, cyclists return year after year to enjoy the comforts offered, quiet garden retreat and safe overnight bike storage. 

An Inn since the early 19th century, there are four rooms in this well appointed historic building, maintained by current owners who take great pride in welcoming cyclists.   

In addition to the award winning bicycle friendly places to eat, sleep and visit there are a number of bike businesses that provide services and/or tours located in each region. To recognize all they offer, and new in 2020, special mention and awards go out to each of the following: 

Humdinger Bicycle Tours - Providing multi-day supported tours across Simcoe County and 
central Ontario's cottage country, as well as luggage transfer and shuttle services.

I-Cycle Electric Bike Company - If you are keen on trying out an e-bike, rent one from this solar charged green company located in Gananoque, nearby the 1000 Islands Parkway and bike path. 

Bike ON Tours - Specialists in providing cyclists with  self guided touring itineraries for areas throughout south eastern Ontario and publishers of the Ontario Bicycle Touring Altas.
Cycling in Ontario Guide 2020

The 2020 Cycling in Ontario guide is now available in print and digitally.  Now's the perfect time to get reading about all the fabulous rides around Ontario and select a few to do this this year, and once travel restrictions are lifted. 

Find the online edition in both English and French at  OntarioByBike.ca/2020 

Note: If you have already ordered a print copy to be mailed to you, we are currently unable to fulfill your request, but have logged all requests for mailing as soon as we can access our work office again. 
2020 Ontario By Bike Rides 

Consider joining us later this season for an Ontario By Bike Ride and small group weekend tour. We are making special arrangements, removing touch points and will be following all guidelines required to ensure our riders remain safe and healthy, while enjoying a fun ride weekend. Cycling is an activity that easily allows for social distancing. Plus w ith a maximum of 40 riders per weekend, we are able to make changes easily, and we offer a cancellation policy that won't leave you out of pocket, should the ride have to be cancelled. 

As a not for profit organization, these rides are an important part of our offering, and we hope that you will be able to come ride with us in 2020. 

Sign up for an Ontario By Bike Ride this summer!

OBB Classic!
August 22-23
2 days / 1 night
Distance: 123 km or 162km
Price: $259*
New This Year!
September 19-20
2 days / 1 night
Distance: 121km 
Price: $249*
Note: Both above rides are looped, reducing need for bus transfer and additional touch points. 

Updated Routes & Info
June 27-29
Distance: 158km
Price: $389*

We will be contacting all riders signed up for this end of June ride in the coming week to share some exciting updates. We are looking to proceed with this tour, providing travel restrictions are lifted, and have made some changes to route and start/end locations. We will now be doing day rides out of Brockville and Morrisburg, and still enjoying the beautiful trail, 1000 Islands and waterway scenery plus staying in the same hotels. Daily ride distances will remain similar to the original route, plus some new daily loop options will be offered. If you are not already signed up and are interested in finding out more v isit:  OntarioByBike.ca/Rides
If you have any questions email us directly: info@ontariobybike.ca


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. 
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2020 Cycling Events in Ontario

With many cycling events that were scheduled for late spring and summer changing their status, postponing or cancelling, rather than list some suggested upcoming events for you to check out, as we usually do in this section, we refer you to our 2020 events page. 

V isit OntarioByBike.ca/Events  where we have hundreds of events for the year listed, and link directly to event websites for updates on the status of events you are interested in participating in. 

If there is a particular charity event you like to ride and support, consider making a donation regardless of whether the event is running or not. Or make plans to participate in an event during the summer season and keep an eye out for updates on the event website. 

Be well, 
From Louisa & Simon 

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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