Now that the weather is warming up, it’s a great time to dust off your bike and ride. For many of our readers, there’s never not a good time to ride, even on the chilliest winter day. Good for you if you fall in that category.
Whether you’re hardcore or fair weather, we have something for you this BikeMonth.
2 wheels: bring it!
For everyone: Bike month always kicks off with “Bike to Work Day”, a day where we ride our bikes to work, and can enjoy a group ride and breakfast event at Nathan Phillips Square. Register to participate in Bike to Work Day at http://www.bikemonth.ca/biketoworkday and you’ll qualify to win 1 of 3 prize packs of $500 gift card to MEC and $500 voucher from VIA Rail!
May 31: Safe Cycling 101 – Noon – 1
For everyone: Online course to learn everything cyclists need to know about biking with confidence in Toronto. Topics include: equipment and bike fit, safe riding techniques, rules and responsibilities, interactions with others, choosing your route and more. Register here.
June 7: Advanced Bike Maintenance: – Noon – 1
For UHN Staff: Live/in-person demo/workshop at Toronto General Hospital. Expert bike mechanics will provide an in-depth focus on up to two topics, identified in advance, such as fixing a flat tire, repairing a chain and/or crank, replacing or repairing brakes, or adjusting derailleurs. Bring your bike for hands-on learning. Register here
June 14: Road Rules 101 – Noon
For everyone: Online course to learn about cyclists’ rights and responsibilities when interacting with others on the road in this interactive quiz-style workshop. Topics include: laws and fines that apply to both cyclists and drivers, sharing space with pedestrians and other road users, common misconceptions about turns, parking, passing, right of way and more. Register here.
June 21: Road Rules 101 Live – 12:30 – 1:30
For UHN Staff: Live/in-person session to learn about cyclists’ rights and responsibilities when interacting with others on the road in this interactive quiz-style workshop. Topics include: laws and fines that apply to both cyclists and drivers, sharing space with pedestrians and other road users, common misconceptions about turns, parking, passing, right of way and more. Workshop at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Register here
4 wheels? No problem
If you drive regularly, wanna do it smarter?
The Smart Drive Challenge is a free (we like that price) national program that teaches you to drive so you get better gas mileage. Not only will you save big bucks, your car will emit less of those nasty greenhouse gases which cause climate change. Bonus, it makes for a safer and smoother ride. SmartDriveChallenge.ca has online courses, tips and tools on smarter driving techniques, low and zero emission vehicles and alternative modes of transportation.
So, if you want to save fuel, money and reduce your greenhouse gas emissions, get with the program. Did we mention free?