June 17, 2021 (2 Minute Read)
By Dayle Laing, BikeBrampton (Special to the Bramptonist)
Just as cycling in Brampton was organically growing, along came the pandemic to explode cycling interest. This June, #bikemonth is becoming the best yet!
Bike the Creek is the 7th annual signature ride aimed at encouraging people of all ages to discover the joys of cycling. Join cyclists at your own pace by riding through the spectacular valleys, trails and historic landmarks, urban and rural settings of Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. Register for FREE between Jun 9-30th and you will automatically be entered into the random draw to win great prizes!
The backbone of the six Bike the Creek routes is Etobicoke Creek Trail; a ravine corridor of fields, trees, native plants, and animals. It forms a migratory path for birds. This unique corridor, managed by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority provides walking and cycling for recreation and commuting.
This year, some of Brampton’s new “Streets for People” bike lanes are featured in the Family, Nature, B-Loop and Bramalea-Mississauga Rides.
Choose a series of Bike the Creek routes from 5 km to 65 km, based on your cycling ability. Follow rides that range from Burnhamthorpe Trail in Mississauga, north to the Grange Road in Caledon. Bring your refillable water bottle and deposit your litter properly.
BikeBrampton has prepared a series of Cycling Tips videos that will help trail and road riders to cycle safely with confidence. Learn the six ‘B’s: be courteous, be seen, be heard, be predictable, be aware, be comfortable, and do the ABC quick check before you head out for a ride. QR coded signs along the Bike the Creek routes will direct riders to these videos and other fun facts from TRCA, Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.
Every Thursday in June from 7 to 8pm, Brampton Bike Hub will host FREE virtual Route Planning Workshops. Ever get lost or frustrated trying to find the best route? Register and learn from experienced mentors how to navigate the best routes to your destinations.
Brampton BikeWrx Pop- Ups will be scheduled multiple times in 11 parks spread out around the city. The exact schedules will be posted once approved for Stage 2 reopening. Bike mechanics will offer basic repairs and volunteers will attach bells to bikes (a legal must-have in Ontario). Brampton’s trail etiquette will be promoted. Some Pop-Ups will feature cycling skills assessments, bike rodeos and mini local rides to test out the new skills learned. There will be a limited supply of Brampton trail maps and Region of Peel bike lights.
Combine cycling safety and fun this bike month in Brampton!