On an overcast Sunday morning I boarded a school bus at the Toronto Mountain Equipment Co-op to participate in the Tour de Greenbelt. Traveling along the 400 series highways in Ontario you’re bound to pass at least on sign proclaiming entrance in to the Greenbelt. Here’s a handy map to show you where this Greenbelt is:
Essentially, to do an entire tour of the Greenbelt, by bicycle, would take days to complete. Instead, the organizers of the Tour de Greenbelt have selected a few interesting areas to run meandering bicycle tours and allow people to explore areas they may not have thought to do so on their own.
As the event continues to grow I’m certain more and more of the Greenbelt will be uncovered by cyclists. For me, I had the chance to discover a little bit of rural Ajax.
Our bus landed us at Greenwood Conservation Area where we registered for the ride and had some coffee and bagels.
The mayor of Ajax, Steve Parish, was there to welcome us to his part of the Greenbelt. His speech was very passionate as he encouraged us to continue to set an example as ambassadors of cycling and that every time we hit the pavement (wheels down of course) we’re influencing others to do the same.
From here we set off to finish the remainder of our 43 km ride. It was a relaxing ride where not one single car horn was honked at us. While fields may bore some people, escaping the city to experience country roads with a couple hundred cyclists is more than just seeing some nature. This event is about exploring our own massive backyard by bicycle. See you in 2010.