About this Event
Join Kidical Mass Toronto and Evergreen on Saturday, September 30 from 9-10:30am to celebrate safe cycling in the city with a family-friendly ride that connects Regent Park to Evergreen Brick Works!
The Critical Mass movement was founded in San Francisco in 1992, and is a celebration of cycling in our cities. celebrates the joy of children biking, and advocates for a city where children can safely ride wherever they want to go. is a series of group rides for children, their families, and the young at heart. Their 2023 season is in partnership with as part of the Active in the Ravines Community Event series, a project funded in part by the Government of Canada. This year’s rides will connect priority neighbourhoods and our city’s ravines, helping kids of all ages access nature close to home.
The third ride in the series begins in Regent Park, at the corner of Shuter and Sumach Street. We will enjoy a slow roll on River Street to the Bayview Multi-Use Trail, and ride together to at Bayview just south of Pottery Road. You can view the full route via Felt. We will gather at 9:00am at the Sumach-Shuter Parkette on Saturday, September 30, and depart en masse at 9:30am.
All ages and abilities are welcome; no one will be left behind. Bikes are recommended for all participants; there are BikeShare stations at the start and the end of the ride. Basic bike assistance and first aid will be available. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation & Orange Shirt Day (September 30)
This ride coincides with both the and .
- National Day for Truth and Reconciliation honours the children who never returned home and Survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities.
- is an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day intended to raise awareness of the individual, family and community inter-generational impacts of residential schools, and to promote the concept of “Every Child Matters”. The orange shirt is a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations.
We encourage all participants to wear orange as one small way to honour the experiences of Indigenous Peoples, celebrate resilience and affirm a commitment that every child matters. If you do not have an orange shirt, you can purchase one from the 's online or at any other Indigenous-owned and operated business.
There will be a small activation for participants to engage with at Evergreen Brick Works to honour and reflect on the significance of this day. After spending some time at Evergreen Brick Works, ride leaders will continue with a ride to at Nathan Phillips Square. Anyone interested is welcome to join.
is organized by Lanrick Bennett, Jr. (the Bicycle Mayor of Toronto) and Robin Richardson (founder of Happy Fiets Canada). Follow them on social media @KidicalMassTO or send an email to them at [email protected] to be added to their mailing list.
Time: Saturday, September 30 from 9:00-10:30am
Start Point: Meet at the Sumach-Shuter Parkette (485 Shuter St, Toronto, ON)
End Point: Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON)
Length: Approx. 5km over mainly flat, paved surfaces
Ride Leaders: Lanrick Bennett, Jr. (the Bicycle Mayor of Toronto) and Robin Richardson (founder of Happy Fiets Canada)
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Sumach-Shuter Parkette, 485 Shuter Street, Toronto, Canada