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.
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.
The No-Drop Slow Paced country rides item in the September 30 CoE incorrectly implied that the No-Drop Country Cruise rides in October would be happening exclusively on Sundays. In fact, Alice intends to hold some of her No-Drop rides this October on Saturdays. As always, watch the Calendar for event details.
We are seeking enthusiastic club members for the following exciting board positions:
Requirements: reliable, committed, energetic. Nice to have: TBN volunteering experience.
If you're interested in finding out more, please contact Rick MacMillan, Chair, Nominating Committee, at email@example.com.
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.
Check out the calendar for a new pilot program of gently paced country rides, which will run in parallel to the regular Sunday Country Cruise program. Initially led by new board member Alice Chan, these rides are typically fairly short -- around 50 km or 60 km -- and will be held at a leisurely pace of 14-18 km/h on the flat. We'll offer many stops for rests and photos, plus side trips to points of interest, and we hope the initiative will encourage more people to come out and enjoy the fresh air of a country cruise.
The Board is pleased to announce that Alice Chan is taking on the role of Member Experience Director for the rest of the year. Alice is a familiar face on TBN's city and country rides, and she has been a Ride Leader and Ambassador with the club. For more information, click here. You can contact Alice by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After a pandemic-induced shutdown, TBN is pleased to open all rides up to guests again; details are on the website calendar for individual rides. Guests must register ahead of time, and pay a non-member registration fee. If you're a guest, please introduce yourself to the ride leader when you arrive, and if you're a member, please say "Hi" and welcome any guests, explaining why you love TBN. You could be the difference between guests coming out for a single ride and their becoming members and/or volunteers.
more riders now welcome!
Ontario has moved to Stage Three of its COVID-era reopening plan, which lifts the maximum number of attendees at a public outdoor organized event to 100 people from 25. That means higher limits on TBN rider numbers, and should eliminate the pandemic-era problems of wait lists and the midnight scramble to register for popular events. Rider numbers will vary (it will be up to Program Coordinators and Ride Leaders to set the limits they feel comfortable with) and you must still register to attend any TBN event. But we look forward to welcoming you back to our rides in bigger numbers than before.
Remember: To take part in a ride you must register in advance, online, by logging in, selecting a ride from the calendar menu above and completing the registration process. Consider others and be sure to cancel in advance if you are unable to join the ride.
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.
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.