A Free Community Program Is Coming To Mississauga

 

If you love riding your bike and getting to know the community you live in, the City of Mississauga has exciting news!

Mississauga has just re-launched a community bike riding program for residents to explore the city, meet new people and connect with their community.

The Community Rides Program is organized from May to October.

It is free for anyone that would like to participate. However, all riders are required to wear a helmet to participate in the bike ride.

The distance of each ride ranges from five to 20 kilometres. Rides will feature a safety talk before participants split off into groups based on speed, distance and skill level. Volunteer marshals will lead the groups at a leisurely pace and follow traffic rules during the bike ride.

The bike ride will take place on roads, trails, bike lanes and multi-use paths. Each bike ride will take place on a different path and start at a different time.

The city has posted a draft schedule for the 2019 season. They have only confirmed two rides for the season so far.

On May 11, the city’s volunteer marshals will lead riders down trails, through parks and up neighbourhoods around Churchill Meadows. Riders can choose from a five kilometre, 10 kilometres or 20-kilometre bike ride. The ride starts at 10 a.m at Castlegreen Meadows. Refreshments will be provided by Toronto Pearson.

On May 25, riders are invited to explore many cultural pavilions across Mississauga on their bikes in the city’s Carassuga tour. Carassuga is the largest multicultural festival in Canada. The tour will take visitors to St Mary’s Ukraine Church and Burnhamthorpe Community Centre so participants can enjoy shows, food, and beverages from Ukraine, Cyprus, Venezuela, Hawaii, and Poland. Participants will have 20 minutes to explore each venue before the tour moves on to the next location. Participants will also be given a free access card to the Carassauga Festival on May 25 and 26.

Some of the potential trails for the Community Rides Program include Churchill Meadows, Carassauga, Lisgar, Living Arts Drive, East Credit, Lakeview- Mineola, Cooksville and the Malton Loop.

The city is also offering leisurely bike rides at Port Credit and Streetsville.

The Port Credit Slow Roll will depart from J C Saddington Park at 7 p.m from May to September. There will be a series of 10 events, but they are subject to weather-related cancellations.

The Streetsville Slow Roll will start and end in Streetsville. It will take place every Wednesday evening from May to October. Riders can choose from a 10 kilometre or 5-kilometre bike ride. The 10-kilometre ride will have a resting point at a local retirement home before heading back to the starting point. The 2019 season is sponsored by Creditview Animal and Bird Hospital. The hospital will occasionally be offering refreshments throughout the bike rides.

People can see the full draft schedule and learn more about the slow roll bike rides, here.

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