Big bike ride will take cyclists through this Mississauga community

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Published August 8, 2023 at 1:09 pm

(Photo: City of Mississauga)

Cycling enthusiasts and those looking to see the sights and get some exercise at the same time will be out in full force in an east Mississauga community this Saturday (Aug. 12).

The latest City of Mississauga Community Rides cycling event will take participants of all ages through the community of Applewood, starting at Garnetwood Park at 10 a.m. and concluding at 1 p.m.

Garnetwood Park is located north of Burnhamthorpe Rd. E., just east of Ponytrail Dr.

The latest installment of the tour will see people “pedal their way down trails, through parks and up neighbourhood streets” as they explore the Applewood area of the city, Mississauga officials say.

“Starting at Garnetwood Park, grab your bike and cruise through this vibrant community located along the Etobicoke Creek and its abundant parkland,” City officials said in an online description of the event. “Whether you are new to cycling or have been doing it for a while, there will be routes ranging from 8 km to 16 km, exploring cycling-friendly roads and trails.”

Participants must register for the ride, which is free and open to people of all ages.

The Community Rides, which kick off each year in May with a Carassauga cycle event, are held on various weekends throughout the spring, summer and fall.

City officials say residents can join in-person guided bike rides or enjoy the routes solo at a time of their choosing using wayfinding pavement markings and online maps.

In a news release earlier this year unveiling the annual program, City officials noted that “Community Rides allow you to enjoy your neighbourhood by bike, meet new people and connect with your community all while exploring Mississauga’s growing cycling infrastructure.”

All rides take place in different neighbourhoods in Mississauga and range between five and 24 kilometres in length.

The rides take place on a variety of cycling infrastructure, including on-road bike lanes, shared pathways and multi-use trails.

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