Why should Toronto care about its ravines? These shining spots of urban nature stand out strongly against the concrete streets of the city. The Ride the Ravines mass bike ride, held by Evergreen Brickworks this Sunday, June 17, is giving urban recreational riders a chance to pedal through these spots of greenery in the city. If you’re interested, there’s still a chance to register now to join the ride’s route through the Lower Don Parklands, Taylor Creek Park, Kew Gardens, and the Martin Goodman Trail along to Woodbine Beach, Ashbridges Bay Park, Tommy Thompson Park and Cherry Beach Park.
The feeling of riding with a massive crowd of bikers shoulder to shoulder up the road is worth it in itself. It’s an inclusive experience of community any biker would be lucky to have. The total distance is about 25 km and will take 2 hours, with three rest stops to enjoy the parks in between. Even if you’re not up for the full distance, there is a turn-around point at the first rest stop at Taylor Creek. Inclusivity is the name of the game. It’s a great family event and all are welcomed for the post-ride BBQ back at Evergreen Brickworks for food, beer, and live music. Even if you haven’t reached the minimum in pledges of $100, anyone wanting to ride is welcome to participate in Ride the Ravines.
The welcome breakfast and registration starts at 7 – 8:30 a.m., with the ride from 9 a.m. – 12 noon, finishing off with the BBQ from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m To register is $25, which includes your ride kit, t-shirt, and route maps. The pledge drives are set up online to make it easier to reach your $100 goal and be eligible to win some amazing prizes at the event. The top fundraiser for the ride will get themselves a ‘Stratford Culinary Experience’ Weekend Getaway in Stratford, Ontario courtesy of Stratford Tourism Alliance. Complete with a pair of tickets to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, 1-night accommodation at the Forest Motel & Woodland Retreat, dinner at Foster’s Inn, and passes to the Stratford Chocolate Trail. If this seems to good to be true, anyone can sign up and bring in pledges as an individual, but also as a group. The grand prize could be in your grasp!
All the money raised at Ride The Ravines is going to support the work Everygreen Brickworks does promote positive bike culture, raise awareness of the network of trails and bike paths for Toronto recreational and commuter cyclists, and to fund accessible bike programs at Evergreen Brickworks and support their biking hub Bike Works, as well. Bike Works is a community centre for Toronto cyclists, playing a part in bike programs for children. We feature one of the staffers, Shah Mohamed, in our upcoming Summer 2012 issue. The program also provides access to resources and repair necessities for cyclists, and Ride the Ravines encourages all cyclists participating to stop by Bike Works for a tune up before their ride on Sunday. Evergreen Brickworks has got you covered – so check out their list online of all the essentials to bring with you, and what you can expect, and get ready to enjoy a trip through Toronto’s greener side.
Registration is still open on the Brickworks website. This Sunday, do something great for yourself and the city you live in.