Enjoy the summer-like weather and get pedalling

Upcoming cycling events in Peterborough and the July B!KE-A-THON fundraiser for Peterborough's community cycling hub

There are cycling-related events happening every day in Peterborough from June 6 to 9, 2019. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)
There are cycling-related events happening every day in Peterborough from June 6 to 9, 2019. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

We’re finally in for a stretch of summer-like weather, with sunny days and temperatures in the mid-to-high twenties from Thursday (June 6) to Sunday (June 9). It’s a perfect time to take in some upcoming cycling events in Peterborough.

First up is a family-friendly bike ride along city trails, taking place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 6th starting at Rogers Cover Park (131 Maria St., Peterborough).

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Hosted by Peterborough Moves and B!KE: The Peterborough Community Cycling Hub, the event will be led by Susan Sauvé, the award-winning transportation demand management planner for the City of Peterborough, who will share information about the city’s bike trails and what the city has in store for the future.

Bring your bicycle and wear a bike helmet (you will also have to sign a waiver at the beginning of the ride).

 The official opening of new cycling lanes in downtown Peterborough takes place in the early afternoon of June 7, 2019. (Photo: Peterborough Moves)

The official opening of new cycling lanes in downtown Peterborough takes place in the early afternoon of June 7, 2019. (Photo: Peterborough Moves)

On Friday, June 7th, the City of Peterborough, Peterborough Moves, and B!KE: The Peterborough Community Cycling Hub will host the official opening of the new cycling lanes on George and Water Streets, which run 2.5 kilometres between Hunter and Lake Street. Peterborough Mayor Diane Therrien will be there along with project staff.

Gather on the sidewalk in front of the Investors Group building on the east side of George Street just north of Sherbrooke Street. The ceremony begins at 12:15 p.m. and will followed by infrastructure tours, one on foot and one by bicycle. If you want to participate in the cycling tour, bring your bicycle and wear a helmet.

Kids on Bikes on June 8, 2019 is a free fun event for families. Grab your bikes and head to  Millennium Park for bike decorating, skills prating, bike games, and the bike playground. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)
Kids on Bikes on June 8, 2019 is a free fun event for families. Grab your bikes and head to Millennium Park for bike decorating, skills prating, bike games, and the bike playground. (Photo courtesy of GreenUP)

On Saturday, June 8th, take the entire family to Millennium Park (130 King St., Peterborough) for Kids on Bikes, a free event running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hosted by Active & Safe Routes to School Peterborough, B!KE, GreenUP, the City of Peterborough, and the Silver Bean Cafe, this is a fun event for cyclists all ages and abilities.

There will be bike decorating, rides through the bike playground, and tips and tricks for people of all ages on learning to ride a bike.

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B!KE: The Peterborough Community Cycling Hub is hosting a bicycle mechanic workshop on June 9, 2019. (Photo:  B!KE)
B!KE: The Peterborough Community Cycling Hub is hosting a bicycle mechanic workshop on June 9, 2019. (Photo: B!KE)

On Sunday, June 9th, B!KE: The Peterborough Community Cycling Hub is hosting The Drive Train, the fifth of its home bike mechanic workshop series. The Sunday session takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. at the B!KE workshop (293 George St., Peterborough).

The cost is $15, with attendance limited to six to eight participants. To register, email Tegan at tegan@communitybikeshop.org. The final workshop in the series, “Bottom Brackets and Beyond”, takes place next Sunday.

Shifting Gears is Peterborough's annual transportation challenge in May. An awards presentation and celebration for this year's Shifting Gears takes place on June 12, 2019. (Photo: GreenUP)
Shifting Gears is Peterborough’s annual transportation challenge in May. An awards presentation and celebration for this year’s Shifting Gears takes place on June 12, 2019. (Photo: GreenUP)

Next Wednesday (June 12), Mayor Diane Therrien will announce the 2019 Travel Wise Award Winners for Shifting Gears, Peterborough’s transportation challenge that takes place every May.

Shifting Gears coordinator Lindsay Stroud of GreenUP and transportation demand management planner Susan Sauvé of the City of Peterborough will report on program highlights and impacts from the 2019 community challenge, and the celebration will include door prizes, refreshments, and fresh smoothies made on a blender bike.

The event takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Millennium Park Display Room beside the Silver Bean Café in Millennium Park (130 King St., Peterborough), with the awards presentation at 12:15 p.m.

B!KE-A-THON on July 13, 2019 is a fundraiser for B!KE: The Peterborough Community Cycling Hub. (Graphic: B!KE)
B!KE-A-THON on July 13, 2019 is a fundraiser for B!KE: The Peterborough Community Cycling Hub. (Graphic: B!KE)

Finally, save the date for B!KE-A-THON, a new fundraiser on Saturday, July 13th.

B!KE: The Peterborough Community Cycling Hub is a well-established non-profit with a diverse funding model, raising revenues from sales of reclaimed and refurbished bicycles and parts, shop memberships, workshop fees, grants, fee-for-service programs, and a Trent undergraduate student levy.

However, due to changes in provincial funding sources, the organization is anticipating financial hardship in the coming year.

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The B!KE-A-THON will feature a tag-team style 12-hour marathon of riding a stationary bike on the back patio of The Social (295 George St. N., Peterborough). People are encouraged to form five-person teams, pay a team registration fee of $200, and raise a minimum of $500 in pledges, with proceeds going to support B!KE.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 13th. Each team member will receive lunch, snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks, a B!KE water bottle, and prizes for the longest distance pedalled, best team name and costume, and most funds raised. Teams will need to bring their own bike or B!KE can arrange one with advance notice.

To register, visit ccnbikes.com/#!/events/bike-a-thon-2019.

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