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.
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:
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.