On Sunday, Sept. 17, the City will host the 10th annual Tour de Mississauga. Over the last ten years, this non-competitive event has grown into one of Ontario’s largest community cycling events.
This year’s event expects over 3,000 cyclists to participate, and will offer a variety of cycling routes for all ages and skill levels. From beginner family rides of 5 km and 10 km to rides of 25 km and 50 km for those wanting more of a challenge, there is something for everyone. The tour is open to all types of bikes including legal e-bikes. Even child trailers, bike-mounted child seats, and tandem-tows are becoming a common sight on the tour.
This year’s tour will feature additional police support, improved routes and complimentary ice cream for all participants at the finish line festival.
The Tour de Mississauga is part of the city’s Cycling Master Plan aimed at enhancing and encouraging cycling for its residents. The ultimate goal is to transform Mississauga into a city that is conducive to cycling for daily transportation needs, thereby improving health and wellness while reducing traffic congestion, air pollution, greenhouse gases, and transportation and health costs.
The event is managed by SustainMobility, in partnership with the City of Mississauga. SustainMobility is a non-profit organization that works with leading communities and groups to inspire residents and employees to live more active and healthy lifestyles. Specifically, SustainMobility focuses on the interaction of health and mobility. The organization’s goal is to encourage behaviour change that reduces society’s transportation footprint, inspires daily physical activity, improves air quality and eases traffic congestion.
Both pre-event and event day volunteer positions are available for anyone interested. The Tour is a free event and takes place rain or shine at Celebration Square, 300 City Centre Dr., from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. For details: www.tourdesauga.ca. For information about Mississauga’s Cycling Master Plan: www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/trails.