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May Toronto Girls’ Cupcake Ride

Announcing the May Girls’ Cupcake Ride! All girl riders are welcome. Hope you can join us!

Thanks Joe for letting me share this event with BikingToronto.com!

START: Dlish
833 Queen St. West(Queen & Niagara)

–> Queen W. westbound to Trinity Bellwoods
–> through Trinity Bellwoods to Dundas, cross Dundas to Roxton
–> left on College to the West Toronto Rail Path
–> loop down Osler to Dupont/Annette bike lanes
–> down Runneymede/Kennedy
–> up through High Park to High Park Blvd to…

END: Bunner’s Bakery
3054 Dundas Street West


Please check out the Ride Rules in the ‘Discussion’ area of the Facebook page. You can also RSVP on the Facebook event page if you are so inclined!

**Sorry gents, this ride is for girls only!

Why is is segregated? Too many times I hear women say that they would never ride on Toronto streets because it’s too scary. I want to create a place where all female bike riders can feel comfortable riding on Toronto streets and trails. Whether you are a first time rider, a girl who feels apprehensive about riding in an urban environment or a girl who just loves riding, I want the Cupcake ride to help get more girls out on bikes! If I can even get just one girl who was scared about riding on Toronto streets to come join us and gain enough confidence to ride, then I’ll feel like I’ve made a small difference.

(Tape clipart via Pugly Pixel and cupcake photo by Malena Andrade)

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Photos from the Sweet Ride: Cupcake Edition

Saturday was an absolutely great time as we had the Sweet Ride: Cupcake Edition.  We had a great turnout of 22 people (I think) – we seemed to have more people when we finished than when we began – and all of them were super nice and friendly.

Here’s a re-cap of the ride with LOTS of pretty photos for you. All photos by myself or Hyedie Hashimoto or Craftleen.

We started out at the Cupcakery ( 1034 St Clair Avenue West, near Dufferin ) where the owner, Jennifer, surprised us all and gave us all FREE cupcakes!  Wow!   After a lot of rain in the morning, the sun came out and it got quite hot – and you can see that we weren’t bundled up or anything. We stood around and got to know eachother and ate cupcakes.  Good times.

Oh perhaps the coolest part is that a guy just happened by our group and was all “what’s going on?” and we told him… and he decided to join in on a whim. Stuff like that rocks.

We then hit the road, and essentially took Davenport, Jarvis, Gerrard and Dundas East bikelanes on our way to Leslieville. Biking with a group of 22 people is a little challenging.. as we tried to stick together as much as possible – so there was a lot of stopping as parts of the group didn’t make it through all the red lights. The huge large-scale left turns were also challenging, but also fun, I think.

We finally made it to Bobbette & Belle ( 1121 Queen Street East, near Jones ) – our destination! This may be the largest (in terms of square feet) cupcake store in the city (although they do far more than just cupcakes), but we still surrounded their store with bikes and filled their store with hungry, cupcake-craving cyclists. :)

My wife and 10-month old daughter surprised me by being at Bobbette & Belle when we arrived too!

Here are just a few photos of the goods on display as well as the fun time eating we all had there!

FINALLY, here’s a fantastic group shot of all of us – full of cupcakes and happy with bicycling around the city!

More Photos? Check-out the full flickr sets from myself, Hyedie, and Craftleen. The photos above are just a small sampling.

Thank You:

  • Big thanks go out to the Cupcakery and Bobbette & Belle for hosting our first “Sweet Ride” of 2011.
  • Huge thanks to Hyedie for co-organizing this with me… go check out her Girls Cupcake Ride if you’re female and are interested in regular cupcake rides.
  • Finally – Enormous thanks to everyone that came out and participated. You guys and gals are who made the ride so much fun and so successful! Those that wanted to come (but couldn’t, due to other commitments) are also appreciated… as you’ll be able to participate in future rides. :)


Future Rides:

Hyedie and I already have a couple ideas for future Sweet Rides, and we’ll be sharing these with you soon. In the meantime, be sure and check our websites our on Facebook (BikingToronto & Cupcake Ride) as well as on Twitter (@bikingtoronto and @cupcakeride), where we’ll be sending out news, etc.

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Video of the Sweet Ride: Cupcake Edition

We’re still getting together a bunch of photos from yesterday’s ride, but here’s a sweet little video from one of our participants, Kathleen.

The ride was a very fun time, filled with great people and great cupcakes.

We’re working on a post with lots of photos for you too.

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Testing out the Cupcake Ride Route

Hyedie of the Girls Cupcake Ride and I met up today to test out the route we’re taking tomorrow for our co-ed Sweet Ride: Cupcake Edition (click here for the facebook event page).

Other than a whole ton of wind that fought us every step of the way, it was a great route. It essentially takes the Davenport, Jarvis, Gerrard and Dundas East bikelanes to get from the Cupcakery on St. Clair West to Bobbette & Belle in Leslieville. The ride took us about 45 minutes.

Here are some photos we took today to try and entice you (as if bicycles and cupcakes aren’t enough enticement already!) out on our ride tomorrow.


Hyedie at our start point – the Cupcakery!


Being Good Friday, the Cupcakery was closed, but their window displays looked tasty. If they were open I would’ve named it Better Friday.


Our end point, Bobbette & Belle in Leslieville.


This store is huge, and so nicely designed. Alas, they were closed as well, so we had to peer in longingly from the windows.

Yours truly outside Bobbette & Belle.  Yes, I am that dorky and striking a pose.  haha.  Look at my pant leg in my sock.  Tres cycle chic.

Hyedie’s bike likes cupcake stores.

Your organizers for the Sweet Ride: Cupcake Edition – Hyedie and I.  Hyedie is the pretty one, I’m the one in the hat. :)

Sweet Ride: Cupcake Edition

  • When: Saturday, April 23rd, 2011
  • Rain Date: Sat, April 30th, 2011
  • Start Time: 1 pm
  • Start Point: The Cupcakery, 1034 St Clair Avenue West ( near Dufferin )
  • End Point: Bobbette & Belle, 1121 Queen Street East ( near Jones )
  • Route Map: on Google Maps
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Reminder – The Cupcake Ride is this Saturday!

BikingToronto has teamed up with Hyedie Hashimoto, the organizer of the Toronto Girls Cupcake Ride on some food-based bike rides for Toronto’s cyclists (both male and female cyclists).

Come and join us on Easter Saturday (April 23) for fun, cupcakes and biking.

Sweet Ride: Cupcake Edition

  • When: Saturday, April 23rd, 2011
  • Rain Date: Sat, April 30th, 2011
  • Start Time: 1 pm
  • Start Point: The Cupcakery, 1034 St Clair Avenue West ( near Dufferin )
  • End Point: Bobbette & Belle, 1121 Queen Street East ( near Jones )
  • Route Map: on Google Maps

Check out our event and RSVP on Facebook too!

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