Whew! We are in our final week gearing up for the 3rd annual Tour de Mississauga: Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010. The weather is looking promising (knocking on wood BIG TIME here). The online registrations are pacing at more than double this time last year with hundreds already received (four came in while typing this far; wait, now it’s six, oops, seven…. well, you get the idea).
We are excited and humbled at the same time that folks from all over the City are willing to get out of their houses, come to Streetsville with their bikes, and try out the routes we’ve created to showcase the cycling infrastructure already in place. No road closures, nothing special — it’s all here, everyday of the year.
VOTE WITH YOUR WHEELS: By participating in the Tour, you help to show the importance of cycling in our City. MCAC is advocating for cycling participation, safety and connectivity. The Tour is a way we can showcase the great cycling infrastructure our City already has, and encourage more! When you register, you support the increasingly connected cycling community. Click to view our presentation ‘Mississauga IS Cycling’, made at Council in November 2009.
We have followed this up with a lead item on our website citing the Mississauga News article of Sept. 10: Cyclists want bike network sped up and we are suggesting that riding on the Tour would support this effort.
It is a chance to learn about other neighbourhoods and see how we all live. The cycling community also enjoys an opportunity to meet one another and there is a definite social aspect to this. There is a camaraderie amongst cyclists, regardless of age, sex or level of athleticism, and being out en masse is inspiring and a source of communal strength (we’re used to the feeling of vulnerability when being up against the cars).
The Tour de Mississauga sub-committee is making a presentation to Council on Wed. Sept 15, 2010 with a slide deck that gives a sneak peek at the Tour (Download the PDF).