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Jason Murray is a former Ontario Coordintor. Read his blog archive to learn about news and events from Ontario.

Jul 5, 2012, 3:29 pm

Rouge Park holds a special place in my heart. Not because I used to go tobogganing down Snake Hill, not because I used to go snowshoeing there with my two Bernese Mountain Dogs. It's because that's where I learned to ride. When I was in high school me and my riding buddies would split our time between Rouge Park and another close by location earning our dues. Crash, talk about what happened, decide what line to try next, try again, crash again... repeat until you'd cleaned it.

Jan 22, 2012, 12:45 pm

Earlier this month, ShortHills Cycling Club presented a cheque for $11,000 to Ontario Parks, for trail work done in Short Hills Provincial Park during 2011.

This is a great example of how to promote your club and its achievements, and also to quantify your value and commitment to the environment, and the community at large.

Nov 1, 2011, 9:23 am

Quick, name a fantastic riding area in the Barrie area? Hardwood. I agree, but can you name one that isn’t Hardwood? No shame in that, until recently I couldn’t either. Whenever I would make the trip up to the Barrie area it was to ride Hardwood, a known commodity. In the past few years I’ve been hearing more about other places to ride: the Admin Centre, Horseshoe Resort, and the tons of trails in the numerous Simcoe County Forests. And not just in Barrie proper, there are good spots in the surrounding towns as well; Midland, Orillia, Penetang, Wasaga Beach.

Oct 28, 2011, 8:15 pm

I read a lot of mountain bike magazines. In the June issue of Mountain Bike Rider (a UK publication) the editorial (pg 61) by Andy Waterman was about vigilantism in erecting trail blockades. He was victim to one recently and started to reflect on the why it is that mountain bikers in general can’t seem to get (and stay) organized. If this happened on a trail frequented by equestrians or ATVer or snowmobiler it would have quickly be dealt with through official means. Why can’t we seem to do this?

Oct 4, 2011, 1:43 pm

Coming up in October are two very important advocacy meetings.

I want to stress that these are not you run of the mill "show up and support MTB" meetings. IMO these are once in a generation meeting that will act as turning points in the respective areas. So if you are anywhere near these areas at the dates these meeting are happening, please show up and lend your voice to the cause.

High Park (Toronto)

IMBA Alert

Aug 3, 2011, 7:11 pm

Jul 14, 2011, 4:35 pm

I'm known for saying that mountain biking is not just like other forms of biking, only on dirt. Bike lanes, gravel paths and dirt roads are not what we are looking for. Nor are bike lanes, sharrows or 3' passing laws. We want single track, lots of it. We want bike parks with lots of jumps and interesting features. For all intents and purposes we should be viewed as another activity entirely.

That being said, if the only way to get someone started talking about mountain biking is to first get them talking about cycling, then lets talk about bike lanes, cycling path, and such.

May 25, 2011, 7:58 pm
official | club

I sometimes get asked "what makes a club official?" It is typically because a group of riders wants to start talking with a land owner about land access, be it gaining access, preserving access, trail maintenance, or what have you.

So what makes a club official? Nothing really. But I'd break the "officialness" of clubs into 3 levels:

May 18, 2011, 12:59 pm

May 30 - June 4 is Bike Week in Oshawa. They will be hosting a number of road rides, a Bike Fair and a night of talks.

The Bike Fair is on Monday from 4pm to 7pm and includes diplays and tips from Impala Bicycles, the Oshawa Cycling Club, the bike racks on Durham Transit busses, Spinning Classes, etc.

The Bike Night is on Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm and includes the following speakers: Eleanor McMahon, Share the Road Coalition, Nancy Smith Lea, Clean Air Partnership, and Justin Lafontaine, Bike Train. There will also be a veiwing of "Pedal Power" produced by the CBC.

May 12, 2011, 6:39 am

The Ontario Trails Council will be holding their Annual General Meeting on June 5th in Gananoque. Please RSVP to equestriantrails [at] hotmail [dot] com (Bonnie Simpson) if you're planning on attending. Lora Woolner, IMBA Canada's executive director is on the board, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't go anyway to increase the mountain bike presense.