June is Bike Month 2014
Weâ€™re excited to launch our second annual Bike Month for Waterloo Region! There are so many great cycling events happening throughout June, that we are dedicating an entire month to promoting the bike as a great way of getting to work and getting around Waterloo Region.
Take the Bike Pledge, from June 1-30:
Why not leave the car behind and bike to work? Throughout June, there are exciting competitions, prizes, and events to help turn your morning commute into something a little more fun. Need that extra little urge to try it? Take the pledge, ride your bike, and you could win great prizes, including:
- A $250 gift card to your choice of King Street Cycles, Ziggyâ€™s Cycles, or Grand River Cycles
- 1 of 3 $100 Future Shop gift cards
- 1 of 4 $25 Coffee Culture gift cards
- 1 of 20 TravelWise swag kits
Ready to try?
Terms and conditions apply.
Who said thereâ€™s no such thing as a free breakfast? Stop by one of the three Bike-2-Work Breakfasts throughout June to refuel and relax on your way into work. Weâ€™ll have free bike tune-ups from local bike shops, coffee, snacks, and prizes for cyclists. Each event will be from 8 to 10 a.m.
- Kitchener: Wednesday June 11, Tannery Building
- Cambridge: Tuesday, June 17, Queenâ€™s Square
- Waterloo: Thursday, June 19, Research & Technology Park
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Join the Conversation:
Have an exciting biking story or picture of your ride? Share it by tweeting #bikemonthWR.
Want to challenge your office to get involved too? Check out our poster series to help promote Bike Month at your workplace:
Bus 'n' Bike with GRT:
Have you tried Grand River Transitâ€™s Bus â€˜nâ€™ Bike? Did you know, all GRT buses have bike racks and all it takes is a few seconds to secure your bike. You can see how itâ€™s done in the Bus â€˜nâ€™ Bike video on the GRT website.
Other Cycling Events around Waterloo Region:
Whether you are a weekend road warrior, a casual rider, or are thinking of trying out cycling, there are lots of events happening that are great for you and the family! Check out the full calendar to see all of the events happening near you.
Sunday June 1, the City of Kitchener kicks off Bike Month with a community festival to celebrate the power of the simple bicycle and its role in positively transforming our health, environment, and community.
Share the Road Cycling Forum
Thursday June 5, 7 to 9 p.m. Waterloo Memorial Recreation Centre. The Waterloo Regional Police Service, local politicians and cycling clubs recognized the need for awareness and education in relation to everyoneâ€™s responsibility to share the road. Join us for an in information session and discussion on cycling safety in Waterloo Region.
Cambridge Tour de Grand: Sunday, June 8
At Churchill Park, a recreational bicycle ride for cyclists of all ages and abilities. There are nine routes to chose from - 10, 15, 25, 40, 50, 60, 72, 100 and 160 km. Rides go rain or shine, helmets required for all riders. Great cycling experience for cyclists of all abilities! Cost is $20 for individuals or $45 for family of four.
The KW Classic: Sunday, June 8
In Hawkesville, the course consists of an 11.3 km circuit with a long climb up Hawkesville hill and then coming back down the hill enabling riders to reach speeds of 70 km/h. The remainder of the course is rolling hills and flats along the picturesque Conestogo River. The KW Classic Road Race is proud to be part of the 2014 Ontario Cup Road Series.
Cycle for Angels: Sunday, June 15
At 2:30 pm in the CIGI parking lot on Caroline Street. This family-friendly, 3 km ride is promotes safe cycling and remembers those killed or injured while cycling. Last year over 300 people, from ages five to 75, participated in this police-escorted ride through Uptown. Wear a white shirt to show your support and bring your helmet! Follow us on twitter @TogetherWeTravl
Open Streets Waterloo: June 15, July 19, August 17, Sept. 14
We are pleased to return to King Street in Uptown Waterloo for 2014! Join us for a free half day of on-the-street fun for families, students, residents, artists, and neighbourhoods. Why? Because Open Streets is a series of community afternoons inviting everyone to walk, ride, play and explore our vibrant urban centre along King Street.
Kitchener Twilight Grand Prix: June 20
Presented by the Waterloo Cycling Club, the event will have three races- beginner, intermediate and elite on a 1km four corner course in downtown Kitchener. Anyone looking to try out a fast-paced, short race should give it a try!
Bike Day at Cambridge Riverside Park: June 21
GoSkate/Bike Day - Join us at Riverside Park from 2 to 8 p.m. for various free events including a skateboard competition, bike demonstration and live bands at the Riverside Rails and the Cambridge Bike Park.
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Tour de Waterloo: June 22
Join us at our new venue, St. Jacobs. Come to race or just ride the awesome roads of the Waterloo Region. Our routes have a nice combination of rolling and flat terrain along with a decent climb to test your endurance. Routes of 40, 70 or 130 km are available.
Ongoing and Weekly Rides
BikeKitchener Tuesday Picnic Series
Every Tuesday in June from noon -1 p.m., Join BikeKitchener and EasyRiders for a free community bike picnic. Meet at City Hall at noon and enjoy a short bike ride to a local park to enjoy live music and refreshments.
BikeKitchener Thursday Night Bike Socials
Join CLIPPED Outdoors and BikeKitchener for a casual bike ride through Downtown Kitchener, travelling to a local eatery for fun, laughter, and great food. Rides take place every Thursday, from 6-8 p.m. starting at Kitchener City Hall running from May to August.
BikeKitchener Friday Night Contemporary Art Tours
Explore contemporary art in downtown Kitchener every Friday in June, from 5:30 -8:30 p.m. on a bike! Join the Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area (CAFKA) and BikeKitchener a for weekly bike rides, uncovering international contemporary art pieces throughout the city and ending off at Bobby Oâ€™Briens. Rides start at Kitchener City Hall. Riders of all abilities are invited to join.
Community Access Bikeshare (CAB) is Waterloo Region's newest start-up, community-based bikeshare. CAB members access easy-to-ride bikes located at convenient stations in Kitchener from April to November. Members pay a one-time fee of $40; no overage fees! 519-743-1151 ext 172. theworkingcentre.org/cab
Grand River Public Bikeshare (GRPBS) is a non-profit organization based in Waterloo dedicated to the introduction of public bike sharing in the Waterloo Region. GRPBS is working hard to launch the first phase of the program with stations in Waterloo.
Cambridge Multisport Club was created as a way for athletes who are engaged in the sport of triathlon or duathlon, to share their passion with fellow triathletes by joining in group training and events and to have some fun while improving triathlon results and skills.
The Fighting Koalas of Kitchener-Waterloo is triathlon team designed for athletes of all ages and abilities. The Fighting Koalas provide personal training, training plans and on line coaching.
Great Canadian Bicycle Tours is a non-profit recreational cycling club that meets mostly on Sunday mornings to ride great roads throughout the southwestern Ontario. Ride distances range from 40 to 100 kilometres and run from April to October. Ride maps are provided but self-sufficiency is expected. We all start out together, and you ride at your own pace. There is always someone else to ride with. Helmets are mandatory.
KW Bike Polo Club meets regularly on Thursdays and Sundays. Players range from newbies to advanced and there is a pretty even split of road bikes and mountain bikes. Check our website for updated list of times and dates. www.kwpoloclub.ca
Waterloo County Wanderers is a non-profit, non-competitive, recreational cycling club that meets every Tuesday and Thursday from April to September. We have three routes to choose from for each ride ranging from 20 to 50 km. â€œRoad', 'Touring' or 'Hybrid' bikes are recommended. An approved helmet is required for each rider.
Waterloo Cycling Club â€“ Since 1967 the club has been the hub for some of the best cycling in Canada. Now with over 500 members, we provide programs, knowledge, skills, club rides, camaraderie, and support to those who want to cycle and increase their fitness and performance. The club is focussed on developing new riders in all disciplines. Road, mountain bike, touring and cyclocross . We live by the rule, â€œno rider gets left behind.â€ The Clubâ€™s activities are organized around three clear, guiding principles. RIDE, RACE, LEAD. We believe that Waterloo Region has the opportunity to become a cycling city, or at least one that is on the right path. Membership consists of city administrators, lawyers, police, teachers, businesspeople, students and members from all walks of life who love to ride. We ride AND drive in the city and in the country-side, and we care about making cycling safer. This active groups has organized rides happening all week long designed for different riders including; novice, time trials, advanced and ladies only.
King Street Cycle Club organizes weekly, mountain bike rides in partnership with the Waterloo Cycling Club. Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the Hydro Cut.
The Hydro Cut trails are an internationally known mountain biking destination right here in our community. Born from the hard work of volunteers over many years, the trails have transformed into the core playground for many mountain bike enthusiasts, both local and visitors. The Waterloo Cycling Club works closely with the Region of Waterloo in building and maintaining this amazing network of almost 30 km of single track mountain bike trails. waterloocyclingclub.ca/mtb/trails