Get your bike out, shine up your helmet, and hop on.
Cycle Stratford, the new Stratford bicycle club, will launch on Sunday, May 25, 2-4 p.m. at the Kiwanis Centre.
This new venture is planned to unfold much like clubs in neighbouring London and Waterloo, with scheduled rides led by club members, social events, speakers, workshops on safety and bike maintenance, and a voice for cyclists in community advocacy.
Registrants will indicate their level of expertise and interest on the membership forms. Throughout the summer, experienced cyclists will lead rides for each level. Several workshops will also be held during the summer, aimed at safety and bike care. Plans are already underway to bring in speakers and to have a cycle themed gathering some time during the winter.
The launch of the club will include registration, T-shirts for sale (with the club logo), and displays by the Stratford police, the city with the Bike and Pedestrian Plan, Totally Spoked and Ross’ Bike Works. There will be music by Lara MacMillan, nibbles by County Foods, and introductory rides led by club members. There will be a secure bike area to park your bike while registering; bring your helmets, they will be required on the rides.
The executive of the club, Gordon Sherwin, Francesco Sabatini, Peter Fischer, Denis Murphy, Jo-Dee Burbach-Tuling, Geoff Love and Gertie Kramer have been hard at work this year getting the club underway, covering ground from bylaws to insurance to the logo, to the webpage.
Sheila Clarke has been liaison to the club from the Energy & Environment Committee which has offered its support to see the club provide active transportation opportunities in Stratford.
Cycle Stratford is intended for everyone who wants to bike in Stratford (especially as the city’s new bike lanes are developed) and on country rides to nearby towns and villages. Membership is $25 per individual, $40 per couple, and $50 for a family membership.