It’s Time to Ride! Every Ride Counts in The Orillia Bike Challenge.

Orillia is home to many cycling enthusiasts and this year Sustainable Orillia, along with partners The Bike Stop of Orillia and the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit, is encouraging more Orillians to take up active transportation with the Orillia Bike Challenge. The ‘Challenge’ launches with a registration event, Sunday, May 14th, between 1-4 p.m. at the Orillia Recreation Centre’s parking lot (255 West St. South).

The “Challenge” is to use your bikes as much as possible between Friday, May 19th (Canada’s ‘Bike to Work Day’) and Friday, June 16th. Keep track of every ride … to work, for errands, for exercise and for pleasure. Every ride counts and it’s not the distance – it’s the number of rides that will earn prizes and certificates, that will be awarded at a wrap-up event on June 16th.

To register for the Challenge … ride over to the Recreation Centre next Sunday, the 14th (between 1-4 p.m.). As part of the registration event … there will be experts on-hand from both the Bike Stop of Orillia and the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit, providing information on the health benefits of cycling; how and where to bike safely; the criteria for the Orillia Bike Challenge; plus free Cyclist Handbooks, courtesy of Cycle Toronto.

Bring your bikes, bring your family and friends and ride on over to sign up next Sunday. There are so many benefits to cycling – and the more of us who chose this and alternative active transportation – the less carbon emissions we produce, the healthier we will be and the more reason for the City to invest in more cycling infrastructure. As Paul Belanger of The Bike Stop of Orillia said in an earlier article “it’s virtuous circle.”

For more information, contact:

Dave VanAlstyne at (705) 801-9982/ ‘’

The Bike Stop of Orillia at ‘’

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit at ‘

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