Photo: Brian Tao (taken pre-covid)
Toronto Bicycling Network is Toronto's largest recreational cycling club, rated the city’s #1 cycling club by BlogTO and Readers Choice. TBN offers a wide variety of rides throughout the week and on weekends, catering to all levels of riders, as well as affordable trips outside Toronto and a wide range of winter activities.
TBN rides and events canceled for 28 days
TBN has canceled all rides and other events for 28 days, in order to comply with the new Ontario government lock-down requirements in place as of April 3. We regret this but the move is absolutely necessary now that government guidelines limit outdoor gatherings to no more than five people. Take care out there when riding on your own, with family or with small groups of friends, maintaining a safe distance. Watch for updates on this page, in the TBN calendar and via Chain of Events. Click this link for Ontario's COVID-19 vaccine booking site.
TIME TO ORDER YOUR TBN JERSEY
The TBN Jersey Store is up and running for 2021. It's time to get in synch with your fellow members and show your TBN colours out on the road.
Visit the link to view "Instructions for buying the jersey" and "Buy Jersey" Select your size and style from the short-sleeve (Equipe is a tighter fit, Sportiv is more relaxed) or long-sleeve jerseys. Then place your order. Deadline for ordering is April 26. Jerseys will be delivered to TBN about a month later. We will then contact everyone who ordered and arrange to pass on your jersey. Alternatively, when ordering you have the option of paying an additional $15 for direct delivery to you. Any questions? Contact TBN Communications.
Virtual ride-leader workshops set for April 23, 25
TBN is scheduling two ride-leader workshops for the end of April, an April 23 workshop for people volunteering to lead our city rides, and a session on April 25 for country-ride leaders and volunteers planning overnight or weekend trips. Both meetings will take place on Zoom. Please register for one of these sessions if you are a regular TBN ride leader, or if you would like more information about leading a TBN ride.
Sewer work scheduled at Etienne Brule Park
A word of warning to our Humber River riders: The city of Toronto is planning work to replace a major sewer pipe in the area, which may cause some inconvenience. The work is scheduled to run until 2022, alas.
ride for heart canceled - but check out virtual ride
As expected, the 2021 Ride for Heart, normally held in June, has been canceled due to Covid-19 restrictions in the province of Ontario. TBN has played a role in this amazing event over many years, and we are always indebted to the members who step up as volunteer riders to help enforce safe riding. In its place, the Heart and Stroke Foundation is partnering with sponsor Manulife this year for a Virtual Ride fo Heart. Check it out.
Our favourite volunteers
A baker's dozen of generous TBN members will receive gifts of a TBN jersey this year, based on their volunteer activities in the year gone by. That's up from the eight names announced at the annual general meeting and takes account of additional volunteer activities in the final months of the year. The full list of recognized volunteers is:
John Anderson, Paul Bourdeau, John Burdett, David Gagné, Danny Harvey, Carole Hill, Dave Mader, Mick O’Meara, Andrew Paterson, Dinsmore Roach, Michael Varrick, Terry Walsh and Catherine Whitfield. Many thanks to all of you.
Please ensure to periodically update your TBN club profile. Perhaps upload a photo of yourself (so other members know who you are), confirm that your email address listed is correct (as this is the primary way for us to contact you), confirm your phone and emergency contacts are still valid, and update your current (or former) occupation and let us know if and how you would like to volunteer with TBN. We are always looking for helping hands, especially those with needed skills. How to do this: Login to the website, click on your name, then click Edit Profile. When you are done, press Save to commit your changes.
Chain of Events is TBN's e-newsletter, featuring up to date info about upcoming rides and events. Click here for the most recent Chain of Events.
Now's the time to join TBN's Strava TBN club, where you can share your rides with fellow club members and see who's fastest on the hills. To join the club, click here and press "Request to join." Strava links to services like RideWithGPS and Garmin Connect and offers a way for to track your speed and mileage. It has two levels of membership, a fee-based premium service, and a no-charge basic service.
You asked for a library of TBN routes. We listened. A new work-in-progress page offers a convenient way to find some of our routes, with links to rides mapped through RideWithGPS. We have over 1,000 routes in total, including many duplicates and obsolete routes, so this will become an easier way to find a specific ride than by backtracking to RideWithGPS in our online Calendar. Check it out.
TBN has a free iPhone and Android app displaying upcoming rides with a single click. Open up the Apple AppStore or Android PlayStore and look for "Toronto Bicycling Network." Iif you would like to use a mobile browser instead, please bookmark our mobile-friendly site. You can reach the mobile site by clicking here.