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 returning - gradually
TBN is pleased to announce the restart of selected ride programs. These programs will be available soon while others will come on board over time. Keep an eye on the website and your app over the coming weeks for more details. Beginning July 22, the following programs were gradually starting to re-open (check the calendar and watch for specific rides to appear soon):
Other program coordinators are conferring with their teams and may open up programming now that the GTA has been given approval to move up to Stage 3, effective July 31. Please stay tuned for more information over the coming weeks.
COVID-19 MEANS THAT OUR RIDE ROUTINES WILL BE DIFFERENT in TWO KEY WAYS:
1. You will need to register for rides you plan to participate in. With the move to Stage 3 on July 31, outdoor group activities are, in theory, allowed to include a maximum of 100 participants. Registration is necessary in order to support contact tracing and to ensure that numbers on routes can be managed well while maintaining physical distancing. Note that the Government of Ontario's allowance of 100 participants for outdoor events will not necessarily apply to TBN rides; I think all would agree that 100 riders for a single event would be unwieldy. It will be up to each ride leader and coordinator to determine their own participation limits based on the number they feel they can confidently keep physically distanced for the entire ride from start to finish. Because each ride has its own uniquenesses this may vary from program to program, depending on the style of the ride and the route that is planned.
2. You’ll be asked to follow a COVID-safe riding routine: Participate only if you are certain that you are well and that you are prepared to follow safety practices, such as maintaining a 6 ft distance from others, wearing a mask when that distance can’t be maintained and while indoors, bringing hand sanitizer and keeping your hands clean, not sharing your stuff with anyone, etc. By now most of us are quite familiar with these restrictions, having lived in this new reality for some time. To ensure your familiarity and agreement to abide by the safety protocols, you will be asked to agree to a new waiver after you read through the club’s policy on how to ride safely with COVID-19 which can be found here.
We are all looking forward to seeing one another again, enjoying more rides as they open up, and to having fun together again in the midst of an unforgettable summer.
TBN memberships to be extended
TBN is working on a way to extend all non-lapsed member renewal dates based on the length of time that our season is delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. In other words we will add days to your next renewal date after you pay for your 2020 renewal. Since we don't, at this time, know when the lockdown will be lifted, you must renew your membership when it expires so that your membership does not lapse.
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If you didn't get around to ordering your TBN jersey last year, this is your next chance. The TBN jersey store is now open and will remain open until August 31. Go here for instructions on how to order. Click Buy Jersey at the bottom of that page to go to the Garneau order page, where you will see samples and details on each jersey type, along with a sizing chart and a link for placing your order. Note that Equipe jerseys are tighter fitting, while Tour Relax is a looser fit. All jerseys will be shipped to TBN early in October. We will be in touch with you to arrange pickup, so please be sure your TBN online profile is up-to-date. Contact Communications Director Rick MacMillan with any questions.
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 is looking for a new volunteer to oversee our regular programs for cycling and winter activities. As touring director you will be a key member of the TBN board, working with the coordinators of individual ride programs and acting as a liaison between the coordinators and the board. What do we do well? What can we do better? How do we make TBN activities better, safer and more fun? Please contact President John Clausen at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
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.