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North Scarborough Green Loop Grand Opening

North Scarborough Green Loop is the brainchild of environmentalist/avid bicyclist/all-around great guy Erhard Kraus.  Erhard, who had been riding a route for years as part of his daily life, decided one day that it would be nice to see his route designated a public trail.  Through countless hours of dedicated campaigning, he amassed strong support for this vision, and his loop was expanded to cover three city wards.  North Scarborough Green Loop now connects over 20 schools, major shopping centres, community centres, and parks.

The loop is 12 kilometres long, and is suitable for all types of bicycles and riding abilities.  There are no big hills, and with the exception of a few stretches through residential streets in bicycle lanes, the whole loop takes place on paved off-road paths.  Due to the number of people expected, our flat riding pace probably won't exceed 15 kilometres per hour.

https://maps.google.ca/maps/ms?msa=0&msid=202168958964050841807.0004d7d50b0b68fabd42c

The ride will be divided into groups and led by Erhard, who has many interesting stories about the trail's development, the communities it passes through, and environmental restoration work in the area.  There will be frequent stops for stories, photography, media events, food, et cetera.

I plan to arrive early to register Toronto Bike Meetup.  At the registration table, indicate that you are with the group that includes Toronto Bike Meetup so we can ride together.  Depending on how the organizers divide registrants, we may have other groups or individuals riding with us, which should be fun.

Admission is free, but everyone is responsible for supplying their own bicycles, helmets, sunscreen, food, refillable water bottles, et cetera.  There will be bathrooms and places to fill up your water bottles or purchase food along the way.

Registration and bicycle safety checks begin at 13:00 (1:00 PM), and the official opening event begins at 14:00 (2:00 PM).  The ride itself begins at 14:30 (2:30 PM), and should finish by 16:00 (4:00 PM).

For anyone with children whom they'd like to bring, there will be a bike rodeo at 13:00 (1:00 PM).  The intention is to teach kids the basics of bicycle safety so that they'll know how to ride predictably.

Volunteers are being sought for various duties, especially anyone with bicycle maintenance skills.  Anyone who wishes to volunteer is encouraged to visit the website:

https://www.facebook.com/nsgreenloop

This is a wonderful addition to Toronto that will benefit everyone, and we need to foster harmony for more projects like this to succeed.  We'll need to make a positive impression by showing the politicians that we can respect traffic laws, stay off residents' property, and not impede the flow of automobiles.  North Scarborough Green Loop was funded by Live Green Toronto and others.

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  • Grant

    Hey sorry going to have to drop out. Feeling under the weather today.

    May 24, 2014

  • Cass S.

    Tune into Metro Morning at 7:25 AM on Friday, May 23. Matt Galloway is going to be interviewing Erhard about the Green Loop, cycling in Scarborough, and this grand opening event.

    May 22, 2014

  • KP

    helmets required?

    May 18, 2014

    • A.J.

      For anyone under eighteen years old, helmets are required by law. For the rest of us, helmets are strongly recommended, but not mandatory. I'll be wearing mine, as usual.

      2 · May 21, 2014

    • KP

      just realized this weekend is doors open so that means it's time to skip this event (need to replace my tire anyway)

      May 21, 2014

  • David B.

    I'm not sure if I can make it but I'll RSVP for now and change later if I can't make it.

    April 24, 2014

    • A.J.

      do be careful.

      April 24, 2014

    • David B.

      I didn't see the Niagara bike ride is the same day so I can't make it. Maybe next time

      May 17, 2014

  • Donald S.

    Sorry I can't make this.

    May 11, 2014

    • A.J.

      No problem! Like Cass said, this may become an annual event. Also, I'm planning to host a repeat ride in the near future to accommodate anyone who would prefer a Sunday event.

      May 12, 2014

    • Jane

      If Sunday event, it would be better in the afternoon if could.

      May 12, 2014

  • Angie

    I wish this was on a sunday cause I'm working saturday during the ride!!! Crap! and i could ride to the locaiton too!! Double crap! Next year maybe!!

    May 2, 2014

    • Cass S.

      He's also trying to form a Friends of the Green Loop group to work on future phases of this project. There's still a lot of work to do. And we've been talking about holding an annual Bike Month event for the loop, so hopefully we'll be back next year.

      May 8, 2014

    • Angie

      thanks I will look at it!

      May 12, 2014

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