Greg's Cycle for Kids
Close your eyes.
Can you see your first bike? Yes, you can. We all can.
We remember how it made us feel, how learning to ride felt like magic – and how our bike became the gift that brought us to new heights and new places opening a world of opportunity. As we got older our bikes took us to school and allowed us to access our neighborhoods and our communities in new ways. Our bikes brought us to baseball practice, swimming lessons, rides to the beach with friends – and to our first summer job.
For so many of us riding a bike and owning a bike were rites of passage. Sadly, today, there are many kids who don’t have access to a bike because their parents can’t afford one especially given the economic hardship caused by the pandemic. With so many priorities demanding attention, the dream of owning and riding a bike is simply out of reach for many kids.
Greg’s Cycle for Kids gives each of us a powerful opportunity to make a game-changing difference in the life of a child by giving them the gift of freedom, independence and healthy habits for life. Because that’s what bikes do.
On September 19 & 20, 2020 come ride with us in Milton and experience cycling in the Hills of Halton Region. This socially together, physically distant event prioritizes safety and will depart from the spacious Country Heritage Park. The Ride takes place over two days and consistent with public health guidelines is open to a maximum of 100 riders per day. Participants will register for a specific time and will depart at intervals in groups of a maximum of 10. You will ride with partners of your choice. Your $100 donation gets you a choice of 160 km and 100 km routes on the Saturday and Sunday, with the addition of a 50km route on the Sunday.
Registration and other information can be found here: https://www.gregscycleforkids.com Check out the video and please feel free to share on social media.
Due to Covid-19, this event will be GPS supported, with two rest stops on the 160 km route and one on the 100km route. The Ride will also be police supported. A boxed lunch will be waiting for you post-Ride.
Thanks to generous support from CAA South Central Ontario, all proceeds from this event will be used to purchase bikes, helmets, locks and to provide cycling instruction for kids in priority neighborhoods, through a partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Halton and Hamilton. Bike racks for the Club will also be installed. Partners in law enforcement will assist with cycling instruction. Lessons will be hosted on-site at the Club.
The Share the Road Cycling Coalition is proud to host Greg’s Cycle for Kids in memory of OPP Sergeant Greg Stobbart killed while on a training ride on his bike in 2006. The Coalition was founded in Greg’s memory – and has held this memorial Ride every year to support their work: creating bicycle-friendly communities with partners and community leaders, passing road safety legislation and working to make our road across Ontario, safer. Proceeds from this year’s event will also support Share the Road’s work.
Join us at Greg’s Cycle for Kids and help us make the dream of owning a bike a reality for kids in Halton and Hamilton.