As cycling experiences a pandemic-fuelled renaissance, two Peterborough-area businesses have been chosen by the Ontario By Bike network as the best bicycle-friendly businesses in the Kawarthas Northumberland tourism region.
Among the 20 businesses across Ontario receiving the Ontario By Bike award are Pastry Peddler in downtown Millbrook and B!KE: The Peterborough Community Bike Shop in downtown Peterborough.
The 20 businesses “have all gone above and beyond, offering extra services and amenities to cyclists stopping at their locations,” according to a media release from Ontario By Bike, a project of the Toronto-based non-profit organization Transportation Options that fosters sustainable transportation and tourism ideas and innovations.
Easily recognizable as a bike-friendly business with its name and penny-farthing logo, the Pastry Peddler is a popular bakery and cafe at 17 King Street in downtown Millbrook.
Located along a popular cycling route, the eatery is a cycling tourism destination.
The Pastry Peddler offers a wide selection of baked goods as well as sandwiches, soups, pizza, and more. Currently open for takeout only during the pandemic shutdown, the Pastry Peddler plans to open a new outdoor patio this summer. For more information, visit www.pastrypeddler.ca.
B!KE: The Peterborough Community Cycling Hub is a non-profit registered charity located at 293 George Street in downtown Peterborough that promotes cycling as a healthy, responsible, and viable form of transportation and recreation.
B!KE teaches bike repair and maintenance to members of the local community, with members having access to a professionally equipped bicycle repair workshop space as well as a tool library. B!KE also runs a retail shop with a wide selection of basic and affordable used and new bicycles and parts.
During the pandemic shutdown, appointments are available for B!KE: members for essential repairs and maintenance. While the retail shop is closed to the public, sales are available online or by phone. For more information, visit communitybikeshop.org.
For a list of all the 2021 Best Bicycle Friendly Businesses Award winners in Ontario, visit ontariobybike.ca/2021awardwinners.