The Big Toronto Bike Ride 2021 presented by Bike Law

Saturday, Sept 18, 2021 & Sunday, Sept 19, 2021
Extended to Sunday, Sept 26th

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*Extension Update* Sunday September 26th

ManDemCC and its founder and Cycle Toronto board member, Christopher McGarrell, are joining the Big Ride for the extended ride. Christopher will be leading a ride next weekend with his club on Lake Shore W and we encourage you to join them!

Details are yet to be worked out, so follow ManDemCC on Instagram and Twitter to stay up to date. We will also be sending details as the week moves along, so stay tuned! In the meantime, register to join the Big Ride - self-guided or make a donation to Christopher’s campaign.

On the day, Cycle Toronto will be in the Ontario Place parking lot with our biggest StreetSmartsTO Bike Safety Station yet! We’ll be doing all the normal safety checks, chain lubrications, tire inflations, and more, and this time we’re bringing extra cycling educators to answer your questions. Think of it as a six hour long drop-in Q&A. Want to figure out a good route to the ROM? Come on by. Want to teach your kids proper hand signals? Stop by. We’ll be there to help.

New Name, New Format!

The Big Toronto Bike Ride is about getting as many people out riding as possible on a weekend in September. By signing up, you're joining the movement.

In the past, our September ride has been called The Ride for Safe Streets. We still ride for safe streets, however, our work and why people ride is about far more than just safe streets. We ride for the community. We ride for the environment. We ride for our kids. We ride for our health. We ride for fun. We want The Big Toronto Bike Ride to reflect all these personal motivations and more.

Like last year, we're encouraging people to choose their own adventure - ride when, where and with whom you want. Make your own best ride!

New this year is the escorted group option — join a group of 20 enthusiastic Big Toronto Bike Riders with two Cycle Toronto Ride Guides. The dates and times* predetermined for those routes, and spaces are limited, so, if you want to get in on a pod, view the routes and register now.

***UPDATE!*** We've extended the Self-Guided registration option, and the fundraising window for a special occasion. ActiveTO is coming back to Lakeshore Blvd W for one of the last times this summer. To celebrate riding on the open road, we're wanting to boost the ManDem ride that will be taking place and swining by our tent, located in the Ontario Place parking lot, beside the waterfront trail. 

Donate   Register for self-guided ride   View escorted group options

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Ride on your own, or, ride with us! 

You can ride at your own pace anywhere in the city. You can use any of the routes we provide, or come up with a new one - it's up to you. By registering for the ride, you're able to pick up a registration kit, and go on a  great ride for a good cause. Fundraising is also an option if you want to deepen your impact in support of Cycle Toronto's work.

  • Individual registration: $40 (no tax receipt)
    • Membership dues are eligible for official donation receipt
    • $30 Earlybird rate for self guided options until September 1st. 
  • Four-person team registration: $140 (no tax receipt)
  • Fundraise: No fee - Minimum to raise is $70
    • You’ll be entered into a draw for a $500 gift card from a local bike shop; the winner gets to choose from either Sweet Pete’s Bike Shop or Urbane Cyclist
    • More fundraising prizes, based on the amount you raise
    • All donations are eligible for official donation receipt


Select "I will fundraise instead"
For $0 registration: Under "Payment Options" select "I will fundraise instead" — minimum $70 fundraise

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Choosing your own adventure

ActiveArtsTO - September 26th


Saturday, September 18

Starts and ends beside the parking lot in Thomson Memorial Park near the public washroom. This route tours the Meadoway, Scarborough's ravine system and neighbourhoods. If you're riding on your own, watch out for the stretches on Lawrence Avenue. It can be tricky crossing the ravine!

  • Distance: 25 km
  • Climbing: 119 m

 Register for self-guided ride

North York

Saturday, September 18

Starts and ends at Princess Park on Doris Avenue near North York Centre subway station. This route tours many of North York's great trails and crosses the 401 twice. If you're riding on your own, take extra care due to traffic on the short sections on York Mills Road and Yonge Street north of 401.

  • Distance: 22 km
  • Climbing: 96 m

 Register for self-guided ride


Sunday, September 19

Starts and ends at the Bennett Park, across the Quebec Avenue from High Park subway stop. This route will take you past Scarlett Road, the Eglinton West recreation trail, down to Rathburn to the Kingsway, and finally back to Bloor

  • Distance: 22 km
  • Climbing: 76 m

 Register for self-guided ride


Sunday, September 19

Starts and ends at Ramsden Park near Rosedale Station. Ride many of Toronto's temporary ActiveTO bike lanes on Yonge Street, Danforth Avenue, and Bloor Street

  • Distance: 22 km
  • Climbing: 151 m 

Register for self-guided ride

Really Big Ride

If you're feeling like a challenge you can do the Really Big Ride on your own or with family and friends. This route is a large loop that connects you the other four other routes. Take it at your own pace, modify it for your comfort level. If you're feeling extra ambitious add in the the other four routes. Start at any point on the route.

Note: Cycle Toronto will not have any group pods for this route.

  • Distance: 87 km
  • Climbing: 366 m

Register for self-guided Really Big Ride

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Escorted Ride Options

Our Ride Guides will take the small groups at a fun, slow roll pace (16km/h) around Scarborough, North York, Etobicoke, or Central. When you sign up below, you're committing to ride with a group on a specific time and day with up to 20 other people. These pods will set out from the start location at 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m*. Each ride will take approximately two hours. All routes are subject to change prior to the event, we will keep registrants informed ahead of time. Due to expected popularity of the pod option, there is a limit of one pod registration per participant.

Scarborough: Saturday, September 18
Register for Scarborough group

North York: Saturday, September 18 (9:00 AM only)
Register for North York group 

Etobicoke: Sunday, September 19
Register for Etobicoke group

Central: Sunday, September 19
Register for Central group 

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Package Pickup

Pickup from the Cycle Toronto office
NOTE our office has recently moved to 401 Richmond Ave.

Please call 416-644-7188 on arrival at doors closest to Spadina

Wednesday, September 15 - 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday, September 16 - 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday, September 17 - 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Pick up your participant package at your group ride:

Scarborough: Saturday, September 18
North York: Saturday, September 18
Etobicoke: Sunday, September 19
Central: Sunday, September 19

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Fundraising for The Big Toronto Bike Ride should be easier than ever — donations over $20 are eligible for a charitable tax receipt for the first time in the ride's history!

Ride registration and fundraising page creation are separate processes. This means that registering for the ride does not automatically create a fundraising page, even if you register multiple people. Similarly, creating a fundraising page does not automatically register you for the ride. 

Create an Account (Accounts are independent from ride registration)

Sign in then create your personal campaign page

Fundraising toolkit

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We are so excited to announce our prizing sponsors, Urbane Cyclist, and Two Wheel Gear for this year’s annual ride! Our fundraisers are eligible for milestone prizes, which include gift cards from Urbane Cyclist and products from Two-Wheel gear. We also have prizing from Curbside Cycle, Fix Coffee + Bikes, and Dismount Bike Shop. See below for details.

Milestone Prizing:

Raise $70 - cover your event fee, and a year membership to Cycle Toronto
Raise $500 - choose either a $50 gift card from Urbane Cyclist, or one of the small bags from Two Wheel Gear
Raise $1000 - choose either a $100 gift card from Urbane Cyclist, or one of the large bags from Two Wheel Gear.

Small Bags

5 - Seat Pack Small (2 Black, 2 Graphite, 1 Tofino Blue)
5 - Top Tube Bag - (2 Black, 2 Graphite, 1 Tofino Blue)
5 - Dayliner Mini Handlebar Bag - (2 Black, 2 Graphite, 1 Tofino Blue)

Large Bags

1 - Pannier Backpack Convertible LITE (Graphite)
1 - Dayliner Box Bag - Handlebar and Trunk Bag (Graphite)
1 - Pannier Backpack Convertible PLUS (Graphite)


Curbside Cycle: Brooks Saddle (link to be added soon) 

Fix Coffee + Bikes prize pack valued at $120 (register to fundraise by 11:59PM, September 12 to enter a chance to win this prize pack):

  • Knog Twinpack Lights
  • Branded Bottles, Cap, and saddle cover

Dismount Bike Shop

  • Topo Designs Rover Pack Back Pack in Black Canvas ( valued at $135)
  • Topo Designs Bike Bag Mini - Black/White Ripstop (valued at $50)
  • Bag of Anchored Coffee beans (valued at $18)

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Find a rider or team  Donate to the ride 

We can help transform Toronto - but we need your help. Using the buttons above, you can search for individuals or teams to support, make a general donation to the ride. Anyone who fundraises will be eligible for milestones and top prizes. Donations of $20 or more are also eligible for a charitable tax receipt.

* Cycle Toronto values the safety of our riders, volunteers, and employees. Furthermore, Cycle Toronto will not lead group rides if conditions are not suitable for a safe ride i.e. lightning or any other condition which would prevent our ride from operating safely. We will strive to give at least 24 hours notice of any change to group ride status, schedule, or location

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Ride progress


raised of a total goal set of


Top Ten Fundraisers

RankNameMoney Raised
1Mr. Al Rezoski$3585.00
2Francesca Allodi-Ross$2849.00
3Patrick Brown$2600.00
4Mr. David Nash$2390.00
5Keagan Gartz$2100.00
6Ms. Lee Scott$1620.00
7Ms. Katrusia Balan$1565.00
8Ms. Vanessa Mo$1175.00
9Lauren Corindia$1060.00
10Alison Stewart$1025.00

Ride supporters