Sunday, May 29, 2022

Bike Month and the World Naked Bike Ride Toronto 2022 coming

Toronto welcomes Bike Month from May 30 until June 20, 2022 with a Bike to Work group commute on Monday heading to Nathan Phillips Square and later an independent, clothing optional ride on June 11th. See my post of the 2022 event here.

From the City's media release: "Cyclists from across the city are invited to join the group commute at one of four starting points and ride to Nathan Phillips Square for a group celebration, co-hosted by the City of Toronto and Cycle Toronto. Each of the four official group rides will have at least two Cycle Toronto Ride Guides to ensure riders stay on course and arrive safely. Date: Monday, May 30
Times: 7:30 a.m. Cyclists will leave from Yonge and Charles Streets and proceed south on Yonge Street for the event outside of Toronto City Hall, followed by remarks at 8:15 a.m. at Nathan Phillips Square.
Cycling is the fastest growing mode of transportation in Toronto. Since Toronto’s Cycling Network Plan was approved in 2019, 64 kilometres of new bikeways have been installed with 47 kilometres of existing bikeways receiving upgrades and safety enhancements.

The four official meetup points and start times are:
• West: Bloor Street and High Park Avenue (southeast corner) at 7:10 a.m.
• North: Davisville Avenue and Yonge Street (southwest corner) at 7:20 a.m.
• East: East Lynn Park (Danforth Ave. west of Woodbine Ave.) at 7:10 a.m.
• Central: Yonge Street and Charles Street (northwest corner) at 7:30 a.m."

Mayor John Tory says “We support cycling in the city and recognize the many benefits it brings to the lives of our residents. We have worked hard to expand Toronto’s cycling infrastructure to increase safety and provide more opportunities for people to get around this city in a greener and cleaner way. I encourage residents to take part in Bike to Work Day this year and to celebrate all of the activities taking place this Bike Month.”

One of the best events for bike riders is the upcoming World Naked Bike Ride Toronto 2022 which is scheduled for Saturday, June 11, 2022 (second Saturday in June). The ride begins at Coronation Park (near Exhibition Place) with riders gathering and socializing from about 10AM to 1PM (rain or shine) and the naked riders heading out onto the streets of Toronto around 1PM - ride as bare as you dare. Socializing includes getting body painted, applying sunscreen and making sure your bike is ready to go. Remember to keep hydrated and pay attention to the flow of traffic and the hazards of streetcar tracks.

The WNBR Toronto 2022 route, organized by Gene Dare, will have some new destinations this year. While the usual route takes us through some of the top tourist attractions in downtown Toronto including Queen's Park, Kensington Market, Yorkville, Allen Gardens, several times around Yonge-Dundas Square and then taking a break at and in the pond at Nathan Phillips Square. When we head down Bay Street we will turn east along Queen's Quay and ride through Sugar Beach and instead of stopping at the Ferry Docks, the ride will continue to the CN Tower, then to H2O Beach and finally returning to Coronation Park. I am sure many will also continue to the nude beach at Hanlan's Beach on the islands.

The WNBR event is a world wide, annual protest against energy dependence drawing attention to the harm pollution does to the planet including climate change. The ride also helps to promote body acceptance and bicycling. WNBR continued throughout the Covid years of lockdown and should feature hundreds of participants this year.

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