Bike Day in Canada is about bringing together cyclists, cycling organizations and members of all three levels of government to highlight the importance of cycling development in Canada as a healthy, environmentally and economically friendly form of physical activity, transportation and tourism.
Canada Bikes wants to involve you in this exciting movement to promote cycling in Canada. To date, Bike Day on the Hill in Ottawa has attracted cyclists, cycling advocates and Federal politicians. To have greater impact, we are now planning to expand this across Canada to create the first Bike Day in Canada. We are seeking a commitment from cycling advocates, organizations and government representatives to organize a ride in your area on May 26, 2014 as part of Bike Day in Canada. We hope, over time, to have an annual ride across Canada that engages politicians and cyclists to advance all forms of cycling.
Bike Day in Canada is a non-partisan initiative with support from members of all political parties and, Canada Bikes, the national voice for commuter, touring and recreational cycling.
The Bike Day in Canada Technical Guide provides suggestions on how to organize a successful Bike Day in Canada event in your neighbourhood. The Technical Guide will be available for download from this page in early May, 2014.
If you are interested to organize a local Bike Day in Canada ride or are interested to sponsor or support Bike Day in Canada, please contact:
Arne Elias, Board Chair
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Official Bike Day in Canada Events
Updated: May 26, 2014
Attending any of the following Bike Day in Canada events? On May 26, tweet using the Twitter hashtag #BikeDayinCanada.
"I have biked through winter in Ottawa; I am a cycling commuter. I have worked to get a cycle lock up space near the Hill for staff. I am working to get Parliamentarians to join me in being a cyclist here and at home in their riding. I hope in 10 years, this event looks like Bike Day on the Hill in Washington, DC when thousands of cyclists congregate in front of the national legislators." -- MP John Weston
5-minute Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nwLXWnX0bs
HUB: Your Cycling Connection, the North Shore Safety Council and Canada Bikes are joining forces, with bells ringing, on the North Vancouver Civic Plaza to bring attention to the first ever Bike Day in Canada.
Canada Bikes is inviting the Mayor, Councillors and City Staff to join them on one of two rides around City Hall -- a short 2 km ride or a longer 10 km ride - to celebrate Bike Day in Canada and show support for cycling. We're also inviting school children and their families to have fun at the North Shore Safety Council's Bike Rodeo and to talk to HUB members, bike mechanics and just ordinary people who cycle sometimes (or more) because it's a healthy, economical and environmentally friendly form of transportation. We'll even have some electric-assist bikes for interested, would-be-but-for-the-hills cyclists and refreshments for participants.
Parksville Qualicum Beach
(On the following day, Tuesday, May 27, 2014, the Qualicum Beach Community Ride with the Mayor and Council. This ride will start at 4:00 pm at the start of the Parksville-Qualicum Beach Links Route by the Qualicum Beach Legion and will end at the Town Hall. These two rides are the official rides for this year's Civic Bike Challenge. The community which has more participants in the ride will receive the Civic Bike Challenge Trophy.)
Please do not show up at the previously communicated starting point as the event has been cancelled and no ride will take place. Thank you for your understanding.
(CORRECTION: this ride was originally posted with the incorrect date May, 24. We apologize for any inconvenience)
Bike Day in Canada will be celebrated with a ride from downtown St. John's to Cape Spear and back starting at 9 am on Sunday, May 25th, 2014 with Canada's Athlete of the Millennium, Senator Nancy Greene Raine and friends. For more information call 613 402 5154.
Technical Guide & Sample Waiver for Event Organizers
UPDATED! The Technical Guide for official Bike Day in Canada organizers and sample Partipant Event Waiver are now available as separate documents.
Bike Day in Canada is sponsored by:
National Health and Fitness Day
Bike Day in Canada is associated with National Health and Fitness Day that takes place on the first Saturday in June of each year.
Other May 26, 2014 Cycling Events
Notice: The list is provided for information only. The events and programs listed below are not organized by Canada Bikes, the office of John Weston, MP, the venues at which these events and programs take place or by those organizing, officiating, staffing, or participating in these events and programs throughout the year, including their respective officers, directors, members, employees, agents, servants, volunteers and representatives.
Updated: May 2, 2014
Burns Lake, Campbell River, Comox Valley, Cowichan Valley, Dawson Creek, Fort St. James, Fraser Valley, Greater Victoria, Hope, Invermere, Kamloops, Kelowna & Central Okanagan, Kitimat, Kootenays, Langley, Mackenzie, Merritt, Nanaimo, Oceanside, Pemberton, Penticton, Powell River, Prince George, Revelstoke, Salt Spring & Other Gulf Islands, Shuswap, Smithers, Squamish, Summerland, Sunshine Coast, Terrace, Tofino, Vernon & North Okanagan, Whistler, and Williams Lake, BC
Kick-off for Bike to Work Week 2014 May 26 to June 1. Join 20,000 others and discover what they enjoy about riding their bike instead of driving their car to get to places. Organized by Bike to Work BC.
Kick-off for Bike to Work Week May 26 to June 1. Bike to Work Week uses events, friendly competition, and online interactive tools to encourage people to start riding to work and to celebrate those that already do. Organized by HUB.
Cycle 55+ half-day ride. Departs from the Seniors Centre at 9:00 am. The group rides for at least 4 hours at a pace of about 15 km/hr on varied terrain (road and gravel). Route is emailed prior to ride. Helmets mandatory; spare tube light, pump, bell and mirror recommended group. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Route will be shared via email. Organized by District of West Vancouver.
Bike to Work Day at Gore Park. Commute to work or school on your bicycle on Bike to Work Day - Monday May 26th and celebrate Hamilton as a cycling and active community. Free to participate. Organized by Cycle Toronto.
Bike to Work Day - 25th Anniversary Group Commute and Pancake Breakfast. Ride with hundreds of cyclists from Yonge and Bloor at 7:30 am to Nathan Phillips Square and enjoy a free pancake breakfast when you get there! Free to participate. Organized by Cycle Toronto.
Bike to Work Day Community Start Point - High Park/Bloor. Ride with your fellow W13&W14 cyclists from High Park to City Hall for free Pancakes! Free to participate. Organized by Cycle Toronto.
Bike to Work Day Community Start Point - Beaches East Waterfront Trail Ride. Join this community start point and group ride to the Nathan Phillips Square pancake breakfast and Bike Month kick-off. Free to participate. Organized by Cycle Toronto.
Bike to Work Day Community Start Point - Dundas East and Kingston Road Join this community start point and group ride via the Dundas, River & Shuter Bike Lanes to Nathan Phillips Square for a pancake breakfast and Bike Month kick-off. Free to participate. Organized by Cycle Toronto.
Bike to School Day 2014. Cycle to particpating public schools across the city. Organized by Toronto District School Board. Schools are encouraged to check out Cycle Toronto's Bike to School Project page for ideas and resources.
Bike to Work Day - Markham & Richmond Hill. Smart Commute Markham-Richmond Hill will host a police escorted group ride around the Hwy 7 and Leslie corridor. There will also be free bike safety checks and cycling information on hand. Organized by Smart Commute Markham-Richmond Hill.
Organizing or attending any of the above events? On Facebook, be sure to 'Like' Canada Bikes and the Bike Day in Canada event page and let people know that you're going.
On May 26, let participants and fellow riders know that it's Bike Day in Canada by tweeting using the Twitter hashtag #BikeDayinCanada and by uploading and sharing your event photos!
Attended an official Bike Day in Canada event? Please take two minutes to complete our online survey. (No personal information is collected.) Thank you!