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.
There will be a protest walk and cycle event on Saturday October 1st against the building of the proposed Highway 413 through the farmlands of Vaughan and Caledon region. People will be starting at various locations to end up at the Brampton Fairgrounds for a mass rally. The organizers are expecting up to 1000 people from various groups to attend.
I am organizing groups from the TBN and other clubs to join the protest rides
This highway would destroy the road system that we cycle on and the farmlands in the area. We would also be punished by the huge costs to build it.
There will be a choice of two rides for this protest. The East Harvest Ride starts in Kleinburg and goes to the Brampton Fairgrounds for a roundtrip of 46.7kms. The West Harvest Ride starts in Meadowvale and also goes to the fairgrounds for a roundtrip of 56.3 kms. Protest signs will be supplied for the cyclists participating.
This is not a TBN Event. To register for the protest rides go to https://environmentaldefence.ca/howtostop413/. Maps of the routes can be found there. Starting times are 9:45 AM on October 1st
I think this is an important event for TBN members to join. Without your protests we could see in the future a grim scenario for cycling around the GTA area.
If anybody wants to volunteer to help on the rides please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Touring Director, TBN
Do you want the chance to help other cyclists and to meet new people? All while enjoying a ride with your TBN friends? The ones you haven’t seen for a while as we begin to get out again on roads and routes across the GTA?
TBN is still looking for Ride Ambassadors for a number of our regular rides:
Right now, we need the most help with Urban Rollers and Tourist. So if either of these are a ride you've done often and you're ready to help out a bit more, let us know.
Come and join us. We’d love to see you. And we really could use your help.
TBN Education Director, Andrew Patterson, offered a Zoom session on fixing your flat. That has now been converted into a YouTube to watch and share with your friends. Watch it now now and learn what to do when the unexpected happens to you. That's a heck of a lot easier than trying to watch while you're on the side of the road, in the rain (of course) trying to fix the flat you never expected to have happen.
TBN's event registration system was developed in 2020 to comply with provincial COVID regulations. While the province has announced that it will soon remove restrictions on public gatherings, TBN has decided to retain the registration system.
For ongoing safety reasons there are still some events where event leaders need to limit group size. And if only some events had registrations, we felt certain that these differences would prove to be inconsistent and confusing. To avoid that, we have decided to retain registrations on all events.
Knowing the size of an event ahead of time helps us to manage it better. For example, particularly large rides often need additional sweeps. Registrations also help TBN understand what events are most popular and help us design or modify programs going forward.
Event limits are set by the event leaders and some events have limits set so high that they effectively allow for unlimited participation. Even so, registration is still required - every time.
Even non-members can participate by registering and paying a small fee before the particular event.
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.
TBN member Jun Nogami has an informative blog on Facebook, which includes summaries and photos from club rides. Check it out here. If other members would like to request that we share similar cycling-focused blogs with members via tbn.ca, contact the Communications Director.
TBN MOBILE Applications
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.
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.
TBN has a Strava club
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.
TBN routes: one of our most prized assets
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.
IS YOUR TBN PROFILE OUT OF DATE?
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.