Community Rides: 2018 Schedule

This is the compilation webpage for updates on the status of each and every Community Ride in the 2018 series, e.g. registration links, ride cancellation notices, GPS data, and special details which pertain uniquely to a Ride.

SAFETY GUIDELINES:  A Safety talk is given before each Ride, but it is a good idea to review the Safety Guidelines for Community Rides (posted in sidebar) prior to attending each Ride.

BASIC INFORMATION for Community Riders includes Registration and Cancellation policies applying to all Rides.


2018 COMMUNITY RIDES - ARCHIVE


GTAA (Pearson Airport) KICK-OFF RIDE

COMPLETED:  Saturday, May 5, 2018  (postcard)
DISTANCE:  20 km  Ride with GPS
BEGIN:  Mount Charles Park at 1265 Cardiff Blvd (map)
SPONSOR:  The Sponsor for the 2018 Community Rides series is Toronto Pearson, host of the Kick-Off Ride.


OSPREY MARSH RIDE

COMPLETED:  Saturday, May 12, 2018  (postcard)
DISTANCE:  10 km  Ride with GPS
BEGIN:  Castlegreen Meadows Park at 2829 Castlebridge Dr (map)


PORT CREDIT - Waterfront Trail Ride

COMPLETED:  Saturday, May 26, 2018
DISTANCE:  14 km  Ride with GPS
BEGIN:  J.C. Saddington Park at 53 Lake Street (map)


JIM TOVEY MEMORIAL RIDE - Lakeview Waterfront Vision

COMPLETED:  Saturday, June 2, 2018  (MCAC Poster)
DISTANCE:  12 km  Ride With GPS
BEGIN:  Public parking lot at 120 Lakefront Promenade (map)
RIDE FORMAT:  We will make some stops along the way, as shown on the Route MAP, to view locations undergoing dramatic transformation as the result of Jim's citizen visioning and subsequent work as the Ward 1 Councillor, until his untimely death on January 15, 2018.

SPECIAL ACCESS:  We have been given special access to this restricted area by Lakeview Community Partners Limited (LCPL).  This includes partial access to the coal pier (shown on poster), the longest concrete pier on Lake Ontario and future 800m promenade in the new Lakeview Village project (website images).

► MCAC tribute: Councillor Jim Tovey - Remembered as a Champion for Cycling.


MISSISSAUGA BIKE CHALLENGE - Launch Event & Ride

COMPLETED:  Sunday, June 10, 2018  (postcard)
DISTANCE:  24 km  Ride with GPS
BEGIN:  Applewood GMC Dealership at 3000 Woodchester Dr (map)
WEBPAGE:  Mississauga Bike Challenge


ERIN MILLS - Trails Ride

COMPLETED:  Sunday, June 17, 2018  (postcard)
DISTANCE:  15 km  Ride with GPS
BEGIN:  South Common Community Centre at 2233 South Millway (map)


CREDITVIEW & RIVER GROVE RIDE

COMPLETED:  Thursday, July 12, 2018  (postcard)
DISTANCE:  15 km  Ride with GPS
BEGIN:  Fallingbrook Community Park at 5135 Fallingbrook Drive (map)
FEATURE:  Creditview Wetland (website)


MISSISSAUGA VALLEY RIDE

COMPLETED:  Saturday, July 21, 2018  (postcard)
DISTANCE:  15 km  Ride with GPS
BEGIN:  Mississauga Valley Community Centre at 1275 Mississauga Valley Blvd (map)


MALTON & HUMBER TRAIL RIDE

COMPLETED:  Saturday, July 28, 2018  (postcard)
DISTANCE:  18 km  Ride with GPS
BEGIN:  Malton Community Centre at 3540 Morning Star Drive (map)


LAKE AQUITAINE TRAIL RIDE

COMPLETED:  Saturday, August 11, 2018  (postcard)
DISTANCE:  17 km  Ride with GPS
BEGIN:  Meadowvale Community Centre at 6655 Glen Erin Drive (map)


PARK ROYAL & SOUTHDOWN RIDE

COMPLETED:  Saturday, August 25, 2018  (postcard)
DISTANCE:  17.4 km  Ride with GPS
BEGIN:  Clarkson Community Centre at 2475 Truscott Drive (map)


BURNHAMTHORPE & BRISTOL RIDE

COMPLETED:  Saturday, September 1, 2018  (postcard)
DISTANCE:  35.6 km  Ride with GPS
BEGIN:  Riverwood Park at Riverwood Park Lane (map)


DOWNTOWN & PARAMOUNT CENTRE RIDE

COMPLETED:  Saturday, September 8, 2018  (postcard)
DISTANCE:  25 km  Ride with GPS
BEGIN:  Paramount Fine Foods Centre at 5500 Rose Cherry Place (map)


UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO - MISSISSAUGA (UTM) RIDE

COMPLETED:  Thursday, September 13, 2018  (postcard)
DISTANCE:  14.1 km  Ride with GPS
BEGIN:  Parking Lot P11, behind UTM Alumni House at 1550 The Collegeway (map)
UTM CAMPUS MAP:  See Parking Lot P11
PARTNERED WITH:  UTM Environmental Affairs Office (5th annual event)
NEED A BIKE?  See UTM BikeShare


THE WORK OF WIND - BIKE AROUND THE EXHIBITS

COMPLETED:  Friday, September 21, 2018  (MCAC Poster)
DISTANCE:  12.4 km  Ride with GPS
BEGIN:  Bradley Museum, 1620 Orr Road (map) in the parking lot.
WEBSITE:  The Work of Wind: Air, Land, Sea, a 10-day outdoor Contemporary Art Festival in the Southdown Industrial Area of Mississauga, southwest of Clarkson.

NOTE: This MCAC Community Bike Ride was an official W.O.W. event.
THEMES: Opening perspectives on climate change, environmental crisis, and resilience.  Presented by the Blackwood Gallery, the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) in partnership with the City of Mississauga.
OPEN: September 15-23, 2018.  FREE Admission.
► Interactive MAP of the art installations.
FACEBOOK ALBUM:  The Work of Wind: MCAC Bike Tour of the Exhibits.


CULHAM TRAIL SALMON RUN RIDE

COMPLETED:  Saturday, September 29, 2018  (postcard)
DISTANCE:  28.6 km  Ride with GPS
BEGIN:  Erindale Park at 1695 Dundas Street West (map)
FEATURE:  See the annual trout and salmon run (migration) upstream (2017 images) on the Credit River.
WEBSITE:  View the Credit Valley Conservation webpage about viewing locations and tips.

IMPORTANT - TYPE OF BIKE:  Use of a hybrid, touring or mountain bike is essential (route NOT suitable for road bikes).  Tire width should be at least 32mm.  The trail is often rugged and/or steep, but very scenic (2017 images).  There is no paved alternative for the trail portion of the route.  Bikes should be in good repair.

CHALLENGE:  This is a ride through a beautiful section of Mississauga with some great views of the Credit River and its surrounding natural environment.  However, riders need to be aware of the challenges associated with it.  It is not suitable for small children.  The entire route is marshalled to assist the riders.

Riders should be reasonably fit to handle this ride based on the following characteristics:

   - Of the total distance of 28.6 km, ~ 30% of the ride is on unpaved trails, consisting of crushed stone and gravel.
   - In some places the gravel is quite loose; caution is required to maintain lateral stability on the bike.
   - There are (3) very steep climbs ranging from 100M to 300M in total length, one of which is on an unpaved trail.
   - There are two very steep descents with sharp turns in the middle and at the bottom.  One is on an unpaved trail.
     The other descent is paved but levels out onto a gravel section.  Extreme caution is required for these descents.
     Ensure brakes are functioning efficiently, as riders will have to be applying their brakes for the entire descent to
     avoid a serious collision.  MARSHALS WILL ALERT RIDERS TO UPCOMING SECTIONS.
   - There is also the option to *walk bikes* up and down the unpaved climbs and descents, and many do!
   - There is no official cutback provided in the design of this year's ride; be sure you can complete the entire route.


APPLEWOOD & ROCKWOOD RIDE

COMPLETED:  Saturday, October 13, 2018  (postcard)
DISTANCE:  15.5 km  Ride with GPS
BEGIN:  Garnetwood Park at 1996 Rathburn Road East (map)


VISTA HEIGHTS RIDE

COMPLETED:  Saturday, October 20, 2018  (postcard)
DISTANCE:  16.6 km  Ride with GPS
BEGIN:  Vista Heights Public School at 89 Vista Blvd (map).
NOTE:  Route includes 1.3 km of unpaved trails so it is NOT recommended for road bikes.


HALLOWEEN NIGHTTIME RIDE

COMPLETED:  Friday, October 26, 2018  (MCAC Poster)
DISTANCE:  14.4 km  Ride with GPS
BEGIN:  Port Credit Arena at 40 Stavebank Rd (map).