This ride is intended to raise awareness about the issues surrounding the nuclear power plants in Durham Region. Fission is an outdated, dirty, exorbitantly expensive, and extremely risky type of electricity production. There are many alternatives available that are much cleaner, a fraction of the cost, and essentially free of catastrophic risks. Since the Fukushima disaster last year, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Japan, and Quebec have all decided to abandon nuclear power, and the world's renewable energy production is growing rapidly.
A disaster at Pickering or Darlington would result in epic devastation to Toronto, Lake Ontario (the source of our drinking water), and the Canadian economy. Despite overwhelming evidence that nuclear power plants need to be decommissioned as soon as possible, the Ontario government has been pressured by the nuclear industry to continue running Darlington until 2055. The cost of the refurbishment is now estimated at over thirty-six billion dollars, and we still haven't finished paying off the cost of Darlington's original construction, which was over twenty years ago. The good news for our safety and electricity bills is that we still have time to stop Darlington, but we need to speak up and educate our public officials before it's too late.
This is a free ride that will feature experts on the subject and possibly buttons for everyone who attends. It's a ride intended for all types of bicycles and riding abilities. There will be places to rest, refill water bottles, and/or purchase food along the way. The idea is that this will be a comfortable and achievable ride where people can learn about the issues while enjoying the autumn scenery, the experience, and the camaraderie.
This ride has multiple distance options available:
42 kilometres: Whitby rest stop to Darlington to Oshawa GO Station
62 kilometres: Pickering GO Station to Darlington to Oshawa GO Station
90 kilometres: Pickering GO Station to Darlington and back
RSVP with the distance option that you'd prefer.
The itinerary will be as follows:
09:00: meet at Pickering GO Station
09:30: depart Pickering GO Station
11:30: meet at Whitby rest stop
14:00: arrive at Darlington
15:30: arrive at Oshawa GO Station
18:00: arrive at Pickering GO Station
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Most attendees will probably take the GO Transit train from Toronto to Pickering GO Station. Here's the train schedule and the fares for adult single-ride tickets:
08:00: depart Exhibition GO Station @ $6.55
08:13: depart Union Station @ $6.55
08:23: depart Danforth GO Station @ $5.50
08:29: depart Scarborough GO Station @ $5.50
08:33: depart Eglinton GO Station @ $5.50
08:37: depart Guildwood GO Station @ $4.70
08:42: depart Rouge Hill GO Station @ $4.70
08:49: arrive at Pickering GO Station
When you get off the train in Pickering, go down the stairs and through the tunnel that leads to the South parking lot. Do not use the bridge over Highway 401 because that is the wrong way. We'll meet in front of the ticket building, which is equipped with bathrooms and a drinking fountain.
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-----BEGIN WHITBY DIRECTIONS-----
The rest stop in Whitby will be the field that's immediately North of the Port Whitby boat ramp:
For anyone meeting us at the rest stop in Whitby, here's your GO Transit train schedule and the fares for adult single-ride tickets:
10:00: depart Exhibition GO Station @ $7.95
10:13: depart Union Station @ $7.95
10:23: depart Danforth GO Station @ $6.85
10:29: depart Scarborough GO Station @ $6.85
10:33: depart Eglinton GO Station @ $6.85
10:37: depart Guildwood GO Station @ $6.05
10:42: depart Rouge Hill GO Station @ $6.05
11:01: arrive at Whitby GO Station
When you get off the train in Whitby, go West to Henry Street. Ride South about half a kilometre on Henry Street toward Lake Ontario, and the street name will change to Watson Street when you cross Victoria Street. Turn West (right) through the yellow gates onto the paved Waterfront Trail path that's just North of the marina, and then take the path South-West to the Port Whitby boat ramp.
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If you are taking GO Transit from somewhere else, please visit the GO Transit website for schedules and fares:
Starting at Pickering GO Station, we'll ride about 2 kilometres South down Liverpool Road to the Waterfront Trail. From there, we'll ride the official Waterfront Trail East to Whitby, where we'll meet anyone who wishes to join us at the rest stop. After that, we'll continue East to Darlington, and then back. It's a scenic route that we have travelled many times, and we know it well.
There are a few difficult hills where some riders may have to dismount and walk, but other than that, it's a relatively easy ride. The only exception is a treacherous 1.4 kilometre stretch in Whitby's West end where people with narrow tires may need to walk due to deplorably rough surface conditions.
We probably won't go any faster than 15 kilometres per hour. Including breaks, this ride will probably take about six hours.
Here's the return GO Transit train schedule and the fares for adult single-ride tickets from Oshawa:
18:41: depart Oshawa GO Station
18:47: arrive at Whitby GO Station @ $4.50
19:00: arrive at Pickering GO Station @ $5.65
19:07: arrive at Rouge Hill GO Station @ $6.70
19:13: arrive at Guildwood GO Station @ $6.75
19:18: arrive at Eglinton GO Station @ $7.55
19:22: arrive at Scarborough GO Station @ $7.55
19:27: arrive at Danforth GO Station @ $7.55
19:40: arrive at Union Station @ $8.65
19:49: arrive at Exhibition GO Station @ $8.65
If we finish early, there are earlier trains at 17:41, 16:41, and other earlier times. There are later trains every hour too, with the last train of the night departing Oshawa at 23:41.
Everyone is responsible for supplying their own bicycles, helmets, sunscreen, food, water, transit tickets/money, mobile telephones, insurance, et cetera. There will be a few places to fill up on water and purchase food along the way, so if you deplete your supplies, you'll have opportunities to replenish.
If there are any questions, please feel free to ask. For more information about the hazards of Darlington, please visit the Stop Darlington website: