It’s the 5th annual Bike to Work Day! I attended the Toronto location today instead of Mississauga as last year. This made sense since my office is in Toronto. I got my gears ready last night.
Today was such a gorgeous day!! 🙂 I didn’t want to push my luck with my injury. Instead of biking all the way to Toronto, I woke up super early at 5AM & biked to the train station to catch the 5:45AM GO bus to Union. From there, I biked to the City Start Point at Yonge & Bloor. The meetup was scheduled for 7:30AM – I was there an hour early. Hmm…..yes I was early but it still seemed TOO quiet. Was I at the right spot? 😐
Then I noticed a few people setting up Bike Month posters. Lo & behold, the actual meeting location was down a block at Yonge & Charles! They should’ve been more clear. Oh well, I was still the 1st person there!! 😀 I got my t-shirt & waited for an hour. I was starving!!!!
There were BIXI bikes set up for councillors & for those without bikes.
Look at this amazing bike that one participant brought!! Crazy or what??!! Where are the pedals?
As 7:30AM approached, the crowd got bigger & bikers from other starting locations began gathering here. I’ll never forget the crazy dude who kept yelling “Burn fat, don’t burn gas!!” 😆
DING DING, we’re off! We took over an entire lane on Yonge St en route to Queen St; it probably drove all the drivers nuts!! 😀 (That’s the way I like it!!) As with all group rides, there are dangers riding close to other bikers. Two bikers in front of me collided with each other & fell. I nearly crashed into their bikes on the ground! 😕 Police escorts were present along the way, but I got separated from them & somehow began leading the group behind me!! 😀
We finally made it to Nathan Phillips Square. HUGE lineup for breakfast – they served croissants, fruits (orange, banana, apple), & pancakes.
A lady was curious as to what I planned to do with the photo of my plate. I told her about my blog – if you are reading this, HELLO!! I asked for only a tad of syrup on my pancake……and I got this! 😕 Drenched with syrup but very delicious. I also had an undocumented coffee (with a splash of Silk).
There were booths – mostly to promote cycling, from MS Bike Tour to Smart Commute.
While enjoying my breakfast, I was entertained by speeches & stage performances. Rob Ford did not make an appearance…..no surprise there 😕
I didn’t stay too long & ended up at work on time!
An excellent turnout here in Toronto, but I may consider revisiting Mississauga next year. I need to show support for my home city after all!! Mississauga also gives out better goodies (according to my bro who was there) probably due to a smaller population – they received tech shirts instead of cotton t-shirts! 😯