Calling all cyclists! Bike Month – Toronto’s annual celebration of cycling – will kick off on Monday, May 30 with the annual group ride to Nathan Phillips Square on Bike to Work Day.
Cyclists from across the city are invited to join the group commute at one of four starting points and ride to Nathan Phillips Square for a group celebration, co-hosted by the City of Toronto and Cycle Toronto. Each of the four official group rides will have at least two Cycle Toronto Ride Guides to ensure riders stay on course and arrive safely.
The four official meetup points and start times are:
Bike Month encourages Torontonians to ride more often and raises awareness of cycling as a great way to get around the city. From May 30 to June 30, Bike Month features hundreds of bicycle-themed events across Toronto, including guided bike tours, cycling workshops and social events.
Since 1989, the City has worked with the cycling community to encourage people to get on their bikes. The City is partnering with Cycle Toronto again this year to deliver Bike Month programming. Bike Month 2022 is supported regionally by Smart Commute, and locally by the City.
Cycling is the fastest growing mode of transportation in Toronto. Since Toronto’s Cycling Network Plan was approved in 2019, 64 kilometres of new bikeways have been installed with 47 kilometres of existing bikeways receiving upgrades and safety enhancements.
More information about the Bike to Work Day group commute and Bike Month is available on the Bike Month 2022 webpage.
More information about Toronto’s 10 Year Cycling Network Plan is available on the Cycling Network Plan webpage.
On Monday, hundreds of cyclists will participate in the group ride to Nathan Phillips Square as part of the annual Bike to Work Day group commute.
Date: Monday, May 30
Times: 7:30 a.m. Cyclists will leave from Yonge and Charles Streets and proceed south on Yonge Street for the event outside of Toronto City Hall, followed by remarks at 8:15 a.m.
Location: Remarks on stage at Nathan Phillips Square, City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.
Cyclists will meet at the intersection of Yonge and Charles Streets at 7:30 a.m. for the group ride along Yonge Street and west on Queen Street to Nathan Phillips Square for a group celebration before proceeding to their workplaces. Riders, speakers and vendors will be active on the square from 8 to 8:45 a.m.
“We support cycling in the city and recognize the many benefits it brings to the lives of our residents. We have worked hard to expand Toronto’s cycling infrastructure to increase safety and provide more opportunities for people to get around this city in a greener and cleaner way. I encourage residents to take part in Bike to Work Day this year and to celebrate all of the activities taking place this Bike Month.”
– Mayor John Tory
“Cycling and other forms of active transportation help to keep our city moving and reduce the emissions that lead to climate change. I encourage everyone to explore the many Bike Month events available throughout the city.”
– Councillor Jennifer McKelvie (Scarborough-Rouge Park), Chair of the Infrastructure and Environment Committee
“Bike Month is the perfect time to renew your love of riding a bike. Cycling is a convenient, healthy and fun way to get around, especially during the pandemic. Whether you’re headed into work, school, the grocery store, seeing friends, or getting some fresh air and exercise, using pedal power can help your mental and physical health while staying physically distant on your way to your destination.”
– Keagan Gartz, Executive Director, Cycle Toronto
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