Scarborough to Pickering Waterfront Trail

Join us for a ride along the scenic lakeshore trails from Scarborough to Pickering. We will start at Kennedy station, ride to Kingston road, around UT Scarborough campus, and down to the lakeshore. From there we'll take the lakefront routes to Liverpool Road in Pickering, stop to eat and ride back. There are several cafes in that area but some of you may choose to bring your own food.

http://www.waterfronttrail.org/maps/wt-zone3.pdf
http://www.waterfronttrail.org/trail-p-pickering.html
http://ontariobikepaths.com/Pickering.htm

Skill level: Novice (mostly paved paths)
Pace: Moderate (rate of 15-20 km/h)
Distance: about 45 km total
Duration: about 3 hours riding + time for rest stops, dinner
Time: 3:30 to 8:00pm (depending on wind conditions)

What to bring:
- helmet
- water
- snacks
- sunscreen
- sunglasses

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  • A former member
    A former member

    The speed was posted to be 15 km ... but it seemed much faster than that!

    July 29, 2012

  • Chris B.

    I had a very good time on this ride. A little more waterfront, and less street riding, would have been nice. It was a good group to ride with.

    July 29, 2012

  • Justin K.

    Great weather, fun at the beach at Frenchman's Bay and return.
    Quick run along Kingston road but the cars in Scarborough are rude and do not respect bicycles.

    July 28, 2012

  • Alex

    By the way I'm going to make the assumption that at some point you travel in a car. There are a number of peer reviewed studies from respected institutions that, depending on the study you sight, a person is 4-10 times more likely to suffer a traumatic head injury as a result of a car accident (corrected for distance and time per activity) than they are while riding a bicycle so I hope you wear you helmet next time you decide to get in a car.

    1 · July 28, 2012

  • Alex

    Well Chris that is the course of action that I chose as of learning of Leona's intent last night but the fact remains this organizer as well as others I've come across are prepared to discriminate based on erroneous assumptions about the benefits of bike helmets. Please do some research on the topic especially if you are going to make statements to the effect that an organizer could held be liable if they allowed a member to go on a ride without wearing a helmet which is patently untrue.

    1 · July 28, 2012

  • Randy P.

    Alex, 100% agreed!

    July 28, 2012

  • Chris B.

    Alex. If it makes Leona (or any organizer) more comfortable to do it that way, then we should respect that. If you or others don't agree, then just don't show up. And you can organize your own helmet-less meetup.

    July 28, 2012

  • Alex

    (Not enough space per post for a real discussion here but in conclusion.)

    A liability issue here could only stem from what was demanded of the participant and what the outcome of that demand was. Fortunately the law assumes us to be adults and able to make decisions for ourselves in these matters. You should be careful of what coercive claims you make.

    1 · July 28, 2012

  • Alex

    As for Chris there are no liability risks to the organizer re wearing a helmet or not. There is no law requiring helmet use in Ontario, for adults, as such should any liability claim be made in court the use of a helmet would not be relevant unless either a person forced another to wear a helmet and was injured because of wearing a helmet or visa versa if a person forced another not to wear a helmet and was injured as a result.

    1 · July 28, 2012

  • Alex

    I understand your position and as the organizer I respect your position but I really think you are mistaken about any real benefit to wearing a bike helmet. I could debate this issue any time you like but I'm guessing you're mind's made up but if you or anyone else reading would like more factual information on the efficacy of bicycle helmets I'd suggest you check out http://vehicularcyclist.com/­ or http://cyclehelmets.org/0.html­ for research, peer revised at that, on this topic.

    1 · July 28, 2012

  • Chris B.

    I agree with Leona. If I were organizing it, I'd do the same and require helmets. Do you guys realize the liability risks involved to her as the organizer? It's not worth it.

    July 28, 2012

  • Huong N.

    Hi Leona, thank you so much for getting back to me. I appreciate the thoughtful answer and totally understand where you are coming from. I have not had the oppurtunity to research and purchase a good helmet yet, therefore that leaves me helmet"less" :(
    I would love to join you on this ride, however it seems I'm ill-equipped, I will be checking out your groups for when I do have one, but till then I'm afraid I can't join :(
    Thank you so much for getting back to me though I really appreciate it.

    July 28, 2012

  • Leona

    I've never organized a sports meetup before, and I'd rather not take more risks than I have to. We didn't have to sign a waiver to join this group - that's already a big enough risk for me. A lot of other meetups require helmets for biking, or signing waivers even for non-sports events. TBN requires both. Also personally I don't think it's worth risking death or permanent brain damage, so I'd rather ride with people who feel the same way. Thanks for understanding.

    July 28, 2012

  • Randy P.

    i don't wear a helmet, why are you telling us we have to wear one!

    1 · July 28, 2012

  • Huong N.

    I'm sorry, lol...is that a law or is that just because we're in a large group? I'd love to do this ride, but I'm really not a fan of the helmet :( Please let me know if this is maditory, like law, or just preference :)

    1 · July 28, 2012

  • Alex

    I've riden with this group a few times and helmets were not required if you're saying they are for this ride then I won't be coming.

    1 · July 27, 2012

  • Leona

    @Alex - ok we'll meet you there.

    July 27, 2012

  • Leona

    Yes you need to have a helmet.

    July 27, 2012

  • Huong N.

    Is a helmet required?

    July 27, 2012

  • Alex

    I guess on the south side of Kingston rd right at the lights where it meets Eglington would be the best spot. I'll call you at the meetup time.

    July 27, 2012

  • Leona

    If the weather is favourable, we'll meet at the pick-up/drop-off area of Kennedy station. I'll email everyone on Saturday morning before 10am if we have to cancel due to rain. I'll also send out my cell# before then.

    July 26, 2012

  • Leona

    Thanks for the idea - we can meet you somewhere along Eglinton or Kingston road - let me know where you want to meet. We'll probably try the bike path going through UT Scarborough campus since I've never gone that way and it's not on the road.

    July 26, 2012

  • Alex

    Do you have an exact route out from Elglington station? I live at Kingston and Markham and if possible I'd like to just meet you along the way. If you don't have a specific route lined up you can go straight (more or less) down to the lake from Kennedy then follow some nice side streets along the top of the Bluffs. There are some great city of Toronto cycling maps laid out on this web page http://www.toronto.ca/cycling/m...­.

    July 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Biking to Burlington and back that day (wish me luck!). Hope to ride that route on the long weekend, Donald.

    July 23, 2012

  • Phuong

    I've been on this trail. Beautiful scene along the Waterfront (and it's COOL too) - Do check it out if you have the time.

    July 18, 2012

  • Donald S.

    Ron: I hope to arrange a ride like that on the upcoming long weekend.

    July 18, 2012

  • Ron G.

    Hi y'all. I don't know if I'll go if the weather is scorching, but if not, ya! In June I rode from Bloor/Yonge to Oshawa GO station along the wending & winding Waterfront Trail, which stretched out the trip by around 20% compared to just riding along highway 2. I'd like to do that ride again later this year when furnace weather is history.

    1 · July 18, 2012

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