North Scarborough Green Loop and Ribfest

Officially opened[masked], North Scarborough Green Loop is Toronto's newest bicycle route.  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.  The loop connects 3 city wards, over 20 schools, major shopping centres, community centres, and parks.

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

This will be a relaxed ride with an average speed probably not exceeding 15 kilometres per hour.  Everyone is responsible for supplying their own bicycles, helmets, sunscreen, food, refillable water bottles, et cetera.  There are bathrooms and a drinking fountain inside the community centre at the starting location, plus more along the route.  There will also be places to stop along the way for stories, photography, food, and other necessities.

We'll meet outside the front doors of the community centre at 13:00 (1:00 PM), and then begin our ride at 13:30 (1:30 PM).  This should give everyone plenty of time to do mechanical checks and use the facilities.  Depending on a number of factors, the ride will probably finish around 14:30 to 15:00 (2:30 PM to 3:00 PM).

As noted by Cass, this event happens to coincide with North Scarborough's 2014 Ribfest.  Looking at the website, I see that a lot more than just ribs will be offered:

http://www.canadadayribfest.com/

For more information about the loop:

https://www.facebook.com/nsgreenloop

http://www.highlandcreekconnect.ca/post/88766006526/now-open-scarborough-green-loop

http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2014/05/23/bike-loop/

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  • Erhard K.

    'hope to join next time. Looped today to check on the state of the bushes on the Loop's west side: still a lot of work left.

    June 30

  • Jeff

    Thanks to official leader A.J., and de facto leader Cass, for organising this nice ride!

    1 · June 29

    • Jeff

      And the ribs were good, too! :-)

      1 · June 29

  • Connie

    I'm running late; really sorry!

    June 29

  • Jeff

    Hi, I was planning to join you (probably by taking the subway to Don Mills station first), but now I'm worried about today's weather forecast of "40 percent chance of showers this afternoon with risk of a thunderstorm". What do y'all think?

    June 29

    • A.J.

      The potential thunderstorms aren't forecast to start until later in the afternoon or evening, which would be after this ride finishes. Also, the amount of rain expected sounds quite tolerable. Personally, I'm planning to brave it.

      1 · June 29

  • A.J. P.

    Sounds like a lot of fun! Planning to ride from Yonge & Steeles. Add about 15 km each way. Hopefully I'll miss all those nasty potholes.

    June 20

  • Cass S.

    I just noticed that the North Scarborough Ribfest is on at L'Amoreaux Park this day. I'm not exactly sure where it is located in the park, but the map points to the Rec Centre. If it's anything like south Scarborough's ribfest it's going to be super busy up there, but we should be able to meet at the front doors. Also I will definitely be eating ribs after the ride. http://www.canadadayribfest.com/

    2 · June 17

    • Harriet

      Ribs too? Great!

      June 17

    • A.J.

      Awesome! I've updated the event description to include this feature.

      June 18

  • Erhard K.

    Rib-fest - and added bonus! If I remember right, the fest was in the parking area closer to Kennedy and thus the entrance of the Rec Centre is still a good meeting place.
    I myself booked into an event in Montreal with family and thus won't be part of that ride on the Loop.

    June 17

  • Kalin

    very tempting, too bad i have an additional 8km to get there, then 8 to get home

    June 14

    • A.J.

      The tire will certainly be an problem. The pegs might be an issue, but I'm not sure. You could try going to a bus loop and loading it onto a parked bus's rack.

      June 15

    • Kalin

      ooh nice idea about the parked bus, i certainly dont want to delay people's travel, but the only end point nearby is the north pharmacy one... or 95 short turn hmm...

      June 15

  • Allen M.

    I'm use to doing 50+ miles on a bicycle. I get tired of using the same old route. Besides I have not seen the section of Toronto that runs along Cummer/McNichol in over 20 years, so it will be a trip down memory lane. Hopefully, the trip does not jog any teeth loose. I usually avoid Toronto because of the bad roads.

    June 15

    • A.J.

      This past winter was especially hard on the roads. Watch out for those rim-bending potholes!

      June 15

  • Allen M.

    As long as I remember...and its not raining

    June 14

    • A.J.

      I'll check the weather forecast a couple days prior to the ride. If rain is forecast, then I'll reschedule the event for the following Sunday.

      June 14

  • Allen M.

    I live out in Mississauga, so it's about 30 km to get there and 30 back.

    June 14

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