Ride James Ride!  Relay through Mississauga

August 2018:  Thanks to the Mississauga cyclists who came out to join the ride-along with 10-year-old James Potvin and his dad Chris, who departed from Whitby on Saturday, August 18, 2018 to begin a 1000 km cycling journey to Coney Island, NY.  Their goal was to increase awareness and raise funds for Autism.

Two dozen Mississauga cyclists joined James (photos) in a casual relay to accompany and encourage James from Marie Curtis Park just east of the Etobicoke Creek, along the Waterfront Trail westward through Mississauga to the Clarkson GO Station, where Day 1 of the long journey ended for James and his dad -- 90 km in total!

MORE:  See Ride James Ride website to track James' progress / donateFacebook.

Midsummer Bike Hike at Riverwood - COMPLETED

June 2018:  CELEBRATE the Summer Solstice!  The Riverwood Conservancy is hosting a Bike Hike on Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 6:30-8:30 pm, leaving from 4150 Riverwood Park Lane (map) in Mississauga.  Meet at the MacEwan Terrace Garden Pergola.

Join Brian Packham on this annual bike hike trek on some of the biking trails in the Riverwood area to celebrate the longest day of the year.  Open to all biking abilities.  Bring your own bike.

NOTE:  The Culham Trail is featured on this ride.  It is unpaved and rugged and not suitable for road bikes.

MORE:  See the Riverwood website for FREE online Registration.

Councillor Jim Tovey - Remembered as a Champion for Cycling

January 16, 2018:  The MCAC is saddened by the sudden passing of Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey last night.  Jim was a strong supporter of MCAC's Community Rides, and it was clear to us when he joined us on rides in Lakeview and Port Credit that he was dedicated to serving his community and proud to point out all the positive changes taking place on the Waterfront.  He was a champion for cycling as part of every new development in his Ward, and advocated for cycling safety.  This is a very significant loss for the entire City of Mississauga -- Jim was a visionary and a city-builder advocating for a liveable multi-modal future.

MEMORIAL RIDE:  Our Jim Tovey Memorial Ride tracing Jim's Waterfront Vision took place in Lakeview on June 2, 2018.

Photo at left:  Jim speaks to cyclists during the first Community Ride through Lakeview and Port Credit in June 2013.  Jim joined almost all the rides MCAC ever held in Ward 1.

Council Resolution (April 25, 2018) (1p PDF) about the Memorial Ride and other Tributes to Jim Tovey.

OBITUARY: "Following a private family service, a Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider online donations to The Compass Food Bank" in Port Credit.

NOTE: The Lakeview Waterfront Connection, a restored wetland, conservation area and a future cycling destination, was inspired by Councillor Jim Tovey, and will be named after him.

Mississauga News (April 25, 2018):  Lakeview Waterfront Connection to be named after late councillor Jim Tovey.

June 2018 is Bike Month in the GTHA

June 2018:  MCAC is conducting three (3) Community Rides to celebrate Bike Month which takes place May 28 - June 30 in the GTHA.  See the MCAC Community Rides Schedule for locations.

"What began in Toronto as a Bike to Work Day celebration in 1989 has evolved to become one of the largest events of its kind in Canada and is now celebrated across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).  Bike Month brings together families, artists, commuters and community groups to promote cycling at hundreds of events all month long."

MORE:  View all Bike Month Mississauga events along with Bike to Work Day (Monday, May 28, 2018) and how to win one of 3 prize packs for participating!

Ontario Bike Summit - April 2018

April 2018:  MCAC reps will be attending the 2018 Ontario Bike Summit sponsored by Share the Road Cycling Coalition (website).

The 10th Annual Ontario Bike Summit is taking place in Toronto on April 17 & 18, 2018.  There is also an all-day pre-summit workshop on April 16 about next steps for a Bike Education program in Ontario.

The theme of the Summit is Looking Back and Rolling Forward.  There will be an exciting 2 days of speakers, workshops, a bike ride and networking sessions planned.

► See the OBS Registration webpage for Agenda (and Event Summary) as well as recaps from past years (2014-2017).

2017 - Bicycle Bicentennial and Year of the Bicycle

The bicycle is 200 years old in June 2017!  MCAC will be recognizing this wonderful milestone during 2017, designated the Year of the Bicycle.

► On June 10, 2017, our Streetsville Community Ride will tour Old Meadowvale Village, first settled 198-years ago (and Meadowvale Miniature Village -- see video) to experience heritage from the period.

► Fascinating BLOG (March 23, 2017) about the History of the Bicycle: "From Hobby Horse to Wine Touring, We Retrace 200 Years of Bicycle History" (Backroads)

► Learn how World Bicycle Relief is celebrating this 200th anniversary.

Jocelyn Lovell Memorial Ride: August 13, 2016

The Community Ride to the Ontario Summer Games venue at Lakeside Park took place on Saturday, August 13, 2016.  We attended the Road Cycling Competition.  ► See the OSG Ride webpage for further details including POSTER and City Press Release.

This Ride was dedicated as a Memorial Ride for Jocelyn Lovell, the Canadian cycling champion (and Mississauga resident) who died in June 2016.  A ceremony of appreciation and remembrance with Mayor Bonnie Crombie, and Councillors Chris Fonseca (MCAC) and Jim Tovey (Ward 1) took place at the Lovell home in Port Credit with Jocelyn's wife Neil.

MCAC citizen member Roy Buchanan made the following remarks on behalf of the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee:

"We would like to thank Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Ward 3 Councillor Chris Fonseca and Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey, for their support in facilitating today's ride, dedicated to Jocelyn's memory, in conjunction with the cycling events at the Ontario Summer Games.

"Today, while the Olympics are taking place in Rio de Janeiro, and the Ontario Summer Games are taking place locally right here in Mississauga, it is fitting that on this bicycle ride in our series of Mississauga Community Rides, that we pay tribute to an athlete who is an icon in the history of Canadian sports: Cycling champion Jocelyn Lovell.

"Jocelyn passed away on June 3 this year at the age of 65, after a life that included dominating the world of Canadian road cycling in the 1970s and early 1980s.  He won a number of national titles, gold medals in the Commonwealth and Pan Am Games, and competed in 3 Olympic Games.

"Jocelyn's victories inspired many others to take up cycling, not only in competitive sports, but as a healthy recreational activity, as around that time many cycling clubs sprang up across the country, most of which are still active and growing such as my own Brampton Cycling Club which has many Mississauga members.

"There is no doubt that Jocelyn would have continued for many years in competitive cycling, but his career was tragically cut short in 1983 when he was struck by a truck while training.  It is a credit to his incredible will and perseverance that he survived this collision. But he suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury that left him a quadriplegic.  He met this challenge with courage, far more courage than he had already shown as a cycling champion!

"After recovering from his injuries to the extent that he could, Jocelyn became a fierce advocate for spinal cord research.  Soon after his injury, he served as head of the Mississauga Chapter of the Canadian Spinal Cord Society.

"In tribute to Jocelyn, the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee is making a contribution to Spinal Cord Research through Jocelyn's organization."

To conclude, we gave Jocelyn a hometown salute with bike bells and then the Memorial Ride to OSG began!