Mississauga celebrates 10 years of cycling with Tour de Mississauga
Tour de Mississauga celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. Last Sunday, thousands of cyclists participated in Mississauga’s largest cycling event. Hosted by the City of Mississauga, Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee (MCAC) and SustainMobility, over 1,500 riders had the chance to discover the city by bike.
Since 2010, the City of Mississauga has been actively trying to make Mississauga a bicycle-friendly city by creating a 20-year plan. This year, the City challenged residents to cycle 150,000 kilometres to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday through an online bike challenge. The City committed to planting a tree for every 150 kilometres cycled and logged through the challenge to thank participants. From June 29 until Tour de Mississauga, riders achieved the goal and exceeded it. Residents cycled over 200,000 kilometres and earned over 1,300 trees
“It’s hard to believe that we started the Tour de Mississauga 10 years ago,” said Chris Fonseca, Ward 3 Councillor. “Every year, I’m always amazed that our residents and cycling community come together for this spectacular event.”
This year, Tour de Mississauga offered rides for all ages and skill levels including beginner family rides of five and 10 kilometres as well as advanced rides of 25 and 50 kilometres for those who were up for the challenge.
Fonseca added, “It was great to see so many families come out and participate in the five and 10 kilometre rides.”
For more information, visit tourdesauga.ca.
At the start of the Tour de Mississauga, above. Images courtesy of the City of Mississauga.
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