Guest blog by MEC Bikefest Toronto coordinator Chantelle Campbell-Sholzberg
MEC Bikefest Toronto is coming to Trinity Bellwoods Park this Saturday May 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is the fourth annual MEC Bikefest Toronto and after a couple stellar years at the Distillery District, we’re delighted to be bringing our community oriented event into a fantastic cycling community. The heart of Toronto’s cycling culture can be found at Trinity Bellwoods, from families with bike trailers, to hipsters with fixed gears, and dandies to boot, what more can be asked for of our new venue.
This year’s MEC Bikefest has attracted a few new players to the field, including Toronto’s own Gallant Bicycles. There will be a number of artists highlighting their cycling related art both as a medium and as a genre. We’ve been able to include some neighbourhood vendors into this years mix including Spectacle and Dufflet Pastries alongside our 30 vendor and community groups participating. Don’t forget to check out MEC Marketplace and Bike Demos!
Being a community celebration of all things bike and bicycle related, we are excited to have Cycle Toronto hosting FREE Bike Valet, to encourage the preferred mode of transportation to MEC Bikefest. As a not for profit event, all proceeds from clinics and group rides are going to our community partner of Cycle Toronto, which is Toronto’s largest cycling membership based advocacy organization that works towards making Toronto safer for cycling.
We’re offering information clinics throughout the day with sessions beginning at 11 a.m., 12:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Registration is $5 per clinic and can be done online at the event site. Clinics offered include Basic Bicycle Maintenance, Cycle Tours in Ontario, Nutrition for Cyclists, Yoga for Cyclists hosted by Downward Dog’s Kathryn Bruni, and more.
There are 3 group rides, an MEC Fitness Ride, Pastry Ride and Waterfront Trail Ride. Each ride is $5 to register but we’re giving back a $5 MEC gift card to each registrant at the event. What a deal! The pastry ride includes a Dufflet pastry treat and the Waterfront Trail ride is hosted by TBN’s joey Schwartz.
We will have pedal powered performances throughout the day provided by Toronto Bicycle Music Festival. There is lots to be seen and had at MEC Bikefest Toronto, this Saturday May 18 at Trinity Bellwoods Park. Come on down and join the best bicycle bash in town!
MEC Bikefest Toronto
Saturday May 18, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Trinity Bellwoods Park
Clinics and group rides: $5 (proceeds go to Cycle Toronto)
More info on clinics and group rides here
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