The Canada 150 Mississauga Bike Challenge is underway and you can join in. All you have to do is ride your bike and log how far you pedalled by September 17 to help achieve the 150,000-kilometre community goal. That date coincides with the 10th anniversary of Tour de Mississauga, one of the largest community cycling events in the province celebrating cycling in the city.

Every bike challenge ride must begin, end or include a portion in Mississauga and every kilometre counts toward reaching the target.

“We want residents to enjoy the great outdoors and experience the 480 kilometres of cycling trails, bike paths and signed routes that Mississauga has to offer,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Planning director Helen Noehammer, in a news release. “For every 150 kilometres you ride and log, the city will reward you with a virtual tree and invite you to a tree planting.”

Signing up is easy. First, log on to mississaugabikes.ca and create an account. Then, get on your bike and ride … on trails, running errands, or commutes to work and log every kilometre on the website.

If you are looking for ideas on where to cycle in Mississauga, view, download or order a copy of the 2017 Mississauga Cycling Map at the same website.

In 2010, the Cycling Master Plan set a vision and 20-year plan to make Mississauga a bicycle-friendly city.