Active Transportation Events

June is Bike Month and we have a number of activities for you to try! Don't forget to log your cycling trips with Active Switch for your chance to win a $500 gift card to Sport Chek.

Saturday, June 1 to Sunday, June 30 - Cycling Spotlight at the Brantford Public Library
Visit the Brantford Public Library this month and pick up a bicycle themed book to read. Check out the Bike Month display for tips and information, made by the Brant County Health Unit.
Saturday, June 1 - International Trails Day

International Trails Day is an annual celebration of trails and the healthy lifestyles they encourage. Get out and explore the many scenic trails that Brantford has to offer.

Monday, June 3  - Try Out Rides with the Brant Cycling Club

Location: Rotary Centennial Waterworks Park (390 Grand River Ave.)

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Novice

Novice rides are an ideal starting place for beginner riders who are new to road cycling and are interested in learning the skill of group riding. Novice riders will be coached progressively. First, basic cycling skills such as gearing, clipping in and out, hand signals and communication will be introduced. Then, the focus will shift to group riding skills such as drafting, as well as riding and rotating in formation. We utilize a paved rail trail and gradually make our way onto the quieter country roads to practice road riding skills. 

Distance: 25 to 35km (mix of paved rail trail and road)

Pace: 23 to 27km per hour

Casual

Casual Road Rides are ideal for laid-back road cyclists who want to get out for an enjoyable spin at a comfortable pace and catch up with friends.  It’s more about recreation than pace, speed, or formation riding. During these rides, cyclists will stick together in small groups and utilize safe cycling practices. This ride differs from our Novice Road Ride because there will not be as much emphasis on learning formation or pace line riding skills. As with all of our road rides, you are expected to know and abide by safe riding etiquette and rules of the road. 

Distance: 25km to 35km (mix of paved rail trail and road)

Pace: 24km to 26km per hour

Anyone wishing to participate in these rides will be required to sign a waiver and tracking form provided at the beginning of the rides. Try Out Rides are allowed once per person per season. Individuals must purchase full insurance and membership in order to participate in any future rides. Prior to attending a Try Out Ride we ask all new riders to please review the Brant Cycling Club’s Group Ride Guidelines.

Monday, June 3 to August 26 - Sprockids Youth Mountain Biking program

Location: Rotary Centennial Waterworks Park (390 Grand River Ave.)

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 pm.

Ages: 8 to 12

Cost: $65 registration fee (email brantcyclingclub@gmail.com to reserve a spot)

The Sprockids Youth Mountain Biking program aims to teach kids the skills they require to ride safely and the confidence to reach their full potential on and off the bike. Participants also gain an appreciation of the benefits of being outside and living an active lifestyle.

The sessions start off with 30 to 45 minutes of skills and drills, followed by a 45 to 60 minute ride through the trails at Rotary Centennial Waterworks Park so that participants can practice the skills they’ve just learned. Each session will build on the skills learned in the previous session.

Wednesday, June 5 – Let’s Ride a Bike!

Location: T.B. Costain/SC Johnson Community Centre (16 Morrell St.)

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Ages: 55 and over

Register: Please register by May 31 by calling 519-759-4150, ext. 6393

Learn about the benefits of biking, basic bike maintenance, and experience a guided bike ride along beautiful trails. Free bike and helmet rentals available. Free transportation to and from event available and lunch to be provided.
Sunday, June 9 – Tour de Grand

Bike beyond Brantford! An annual recreational bicycle event starting in the City of Cambridge, the Tour de Grand attracts nearly 3,000 cyclists. There are 11 routes to choose from ranging from 10km to 160km, for cyclists of all ages and abilities. Some of the routes go through Brant County.

Monday, June 10 - Try Out Rides with the Brant Cycling Club

Location: Rotary Centennial Waterworks Park (390 Grand River Ave.)

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Novice

Novice rides are an ideal starting place for beginner riders who are new to road cycling and are interested in learning the skill of group riding. Novice riders will be coached progressively. First, basic cycling skills such as gearing, clipping in and out, hand signals and communication will be introduced. Then, the focus will shift to group riding skills such as drafting, as well as riding and rotating in formation. We utilize a paved rail trail and gradually make our way onto the quieter country roads to practice road riding skills. 

Distance: 25km to 35km (mix of paved rail trail and road)

Pace: 23km to 27km per hour

Casual

Casual Road Rides are ideal for laid-back road cyclists who want to get out for an enjoyable spin at a comfortable pace and catch up with friends.  It’s more about recreation than pace, speed, or formation riding. During these rides, cyclists will stick together in small groups and utilize safe cycling practices. This ride differs from our Novice Road Ride because there will not be as much emphasis on learning formation or pace line riding skills. As with all of our road rides, you are expected to know and abide by safe riding etiquette and rules of the road. 

Distance: 25km to 35km (mix of paved rail trail and road)

Pace: 24km to 26km per hour

Anyone wishing to participate in these rides will be required to sign a waiver and tracking form provided at the beginning of the rides. Try Out Rides are allowed once per person per season. Individuals must purchase full insurance and membership in order to participate in any future rides. Prior to attending a Try Out Ride we ask all new riders to please review the Brant Cycling Club’s Group Ride Guidelines.

Saturday, June 15 - Brantford Rotary Bike Park Grand Opening

Location: Rotary Centennial Waterworks Park (390 Grand River Ave)

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Come and join us for the Official Grand Opening! Ribbon cutting, pump track lessons, helmet giveaways (while supplies last), and more.

Thursday, June 20 – FREE Yoga for Cyclists

Location: Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre (254 N Park St.) Fitness Studio-second floor

Time: 7:15pm

Bend, twist and stretch those cycling muscles! The Wayne Gretzky Sports Center will be offering a FREE yoga class aimed at the muscles you use to bike.

Safe, low-impact poses and sequences to improve balance, strength, and flexibility, while decreasing stress and improving overall wellness. No experience necessary; many options provided for participants of all levels and abilities. Yoga mats, blocks and straps are provided for all yoga classes, or you can bring your own.