BIKESTOCK 2014 was a huge success with over 1500 cyclists rallying in Nathan Phillips Square.
For complete info go to www.bikestock.ca
Stephanie is on the organizing committee for Bikestock, a cycling safety rally being held at City Hall on September 14, 2014.
The BIKESTOCK idea grew out of the successful “Bells” rides that you may already know and love – Bells on Bloor (since 2007), and Bells on Yonge and Bells on Danforth (since 2012). These annual rides are organized by grassroots volunteer groups and have drawn thousands of cyclists for mass rides in support of safe and fun cycling in Toronto. The Bells rides have been a great success in many ways but, sadly, we don’t yet have bike lanes on Bloor, Yonge or Danforth — or on most other roads. This year, the organizers of the Bells rides have decided to do one massive ride ending with massively fun rally at Nathan Phillips Square – an event timed to make an impact on the 2014 Toronto city election.
BIKESTOCK is a big idea. BIKESTOCK is a big party. BIKESTOCK is a first step to solving a big problem.
Who – Anyone who owns a bicycle!
What – BIKESTOCK – Toronto’s biggest ride for cycling ending in a rally
Where – Please see Cycling Routes page for your nearest bells ride!
When – September 14, 2014 with the rally at City Hall (Queen and Bay) at 2:00 pm
What are we talking about? Lots of people love to bike in Toronto but most roads are not safe for cycling. The gap between the number of people cycling in the city and the number of safe streets for cycling grows every year. Most politicians say they support bike lanes and other improvements for cyclists but the sad truth is that Toronto still lags behind other Canadian cities when it comes to bicycle-friendly streets. Toronto is therefore losing out on the contribution cycling could make to improving individual health, improving our air quality, and creating more vibrant communities.
This is where BIKESTOCK comes in.
On Sunday, September 14th, 2014 we’re going to stage the biggest ride for cycling safety in Toronto’s history. Cyclists will ride — noisily ringing their bells — from every corner of the city to City Hall (Nathan Phillips Square) where we’ll meet and celebrate the sheer fun of cycling. There will be live music, speakers, and a chance to dream about a Toronto that takes its cyclists’ safety seriously. It’s going to be the cycling event of the year and the candidates in the 2014 Toronto city election will have to take notice.
What can you do? For starters, make sure that your bike is ready to go! Cyclists will be converging on downtown from all over the city – check our cycling maps page for a ride starting near you at www.bikestock.ca