2015 Bike Month Events

The line up of events offers something for everyone; below is the list of events from 2015. Watch for another great line up in 2016!

Many events are open to all, but in a few instances ticket purchase or advance registration is required.

Wednesday May 27, 2015

Lanark County Council Event

Lanark County Mayor’s Slow Bicycle Race – Launch of the Lanark County Tourism Association Bilingual Cycling Map – Mississippi Mills Bicycle Month Presentation to Council.
4pm Mayor’s Slow Bike Race
5:15pm Presentation to Council

Friday May 29

Eastern Ontario Active Transportation Summit – Pembroke

Join us on May 29 to network and share the evidence to support Active Transportation in our communities. This event will bring together planners, politicians, recreation, education, health professionals, economic development, businesses and individuals interested in promoting Active Transportation.
9am-4pm. Summit tickets, $55 from EventBrite

Monday June 1

Silver Chain Challenge: Month of June

This June join in the Silver Chain Challenge and ride and walk for your town in a friendly competition between Lanark and Renfrew. Let’s celebrate active transportation! Register at www.silverchainchallenge.ca.

Women’s Learn to Ride Nights #1

Want to ride but a little nervous? These sessions for women, by women are for you. Join an experienced woman rider each week. Come for any or all of these free rides. The ride leaves from Equator Coffee at 6:30 pm each of June’s five Mondays.

Wednesday June 3

Rusty Spokes

9am start at Daily Scoop Restaurant, 500 Ottawa Street. Your host is Bernie MacDonald. Rusty Spokes club info >

Wednesday June 3

MMBM Adopt a Road Clean Up

Local cyclists care about the cleanliness of our roads in Miss Mills. Join us at the corner of County Road 17 (Blakeney Road) and Carss Street at 5:30 pm for a 1-hour roadside clean-up. Need some volunteer student hours? See you then. Details >

Thursday June 4


Leaves the Almonte Library parking lot at 9am returning approximately at 11:30 am each Thursday.

The RIMM (Riding in Miss Mills) Rovers are mostly retired folk who want to remain healthy and active. They ride mainly back roads around Almonte at a leisurely pace (14-16 km/hr) on routes from 20 to 25 km in length. RIMM info >

Saturday June 6

A Family on Bikes

4pm at the Almonte Library. Join the MM Family Bicycle Club for a talk by Kathleen Wilker and family. Kathleen works at Ottawa’s EnviroCentre and is a regular contributor to Momentum Magazine. This talk is sponsored by the Almonte Public Library as part of their travelogue series.

Bicycle Month Mill Street Party

Join the Mississippi Mills Family Bicycle Club! Everyone welcome!

Thanks to our sponsors Coady’s Care Care, Waterfall Delights, Mill Street Crepe Company.

Sunday June 7

Sunday Brunch Ride #1 – Alice’s Village Cafe, Carp

Join Nancy Reside of Vamos Outdoors at the shop (14 Mill Street in Almonte) for a 9am start. This tour with Nancy and Arlo heads to Alice’s Village Cafe in Carp. You can get almost anything you want! All riders will receive a coupon for 15% off any one spring / summer article of clothing from Vamos.

Mississippi Mills Family Bicycle Sunday Ride #1

Meet at the play structure in Gemmill Park at 3:00 pm. All ages and abilities are welcome. More about the Club >

Monday June 8

Women’s Learn to Ride Nights #2

See details on June 1st.

Wednesday June 10

Rusty Spokes (rain day)

See details from June 3rd.

Thursday June 11


See details from June 4th.

Friday June 12

Bicycle Rodeo at Naismith Public School’s Fun Fair

Bring your kids and their bikes to Naismith PS between 5 – 8pm for this event with the OPP, Health Unit and Mississippi Mills Family Bicycle Club. Helmet checks.

Saturday June 13

Woman’s Mountain Bike Ride

Ride with other women on the Almonte Riverside Trail. This tour is sponsored by Vamos Outdoor store and starts at the trailhead on Almonte’s Strathburn Street at 10am.

Kids Mountain Bike Ride on the Riverside Trail

A kid (8 years+) and family friendly ride of about 5km total on the Almonte Riverside Trail with Phil Maier. Starts at the trailhead on Almonte’s Strathburn Street at 1pm. Helmets are a must!

Tour of Cartwright Springs Microbrewery

Starts at 1pm from the Almonte Library parking lot (155 High Street). Brewery tour on Pakenham’s Deer Run Road starts at 2:30 pm. Brewery tour costs $15. Space is limited and you must reserve your spot. To reserve, email bob@mmbm.ca. Cartwright Springs website >

Sunday June 14

Sunday Brunch Ride #2 – Birders on Bicycles

Tour starts and finishes at our sponsor and leader Gilligalou Bird Store 14 Mill Street in downtown Almonte. Please register ahead by dropping by Gillagalou. There is a $5 charge. Tour leaves at 10am.

This is one of our Sunday Brunch Tours so book your lunch reservation at the Mill Street Crepe Company (next door to Gilligalou) for 12:30 and your return.

Mississippi Mills Family Bicycle Sunday Ride #2

Meet at the play structure in Gemmill Park at 3:00 pm. All ages and abilities are welcome. More about the Club >

Monday June 15

Women’s Learn to Ride Nights #3

See details on June 1st.

Thursday June 18


See details on June 4th.

Friday June 19

Marinoni: Fire in the Frame Movie

A documentary film about legendary bike racer and bike builder Giuseppe Marinoni. Filmmaker Tony Girardin will be in attendance to introduce the film and for a question and answer period after the screening. “Cyclist or not, this film is truly inspiring and entertaining!” Details >

Almonte Old Town Hall 7:30pm. Tickets $12 in advance from Mill Street Books, $17 at the door (if not sold out).

Saturday June 20

Tour de Mississippi Mills – Family Ride

Pick a distance that suits you. If you go the distance (100 K), you’ll visit every hamlet, village and town in Miss Mills! Starts at Coady’s Car Care (30 Mill Street) at 8:30 am.

Adults $15, children under 16 $10 – includes a barbeque by “Foodies” upon your return. Foodies Fine Foods >

Sunday June 21

Sunday Brunch Rides #3 – Ride to Ashton Brew Pub

This ride leaves from Almonte Bicycle Works at 11:30 am, and heads for Ashton Brew Pub. Stay for lunch and for some of the open mic session at 2pm. Your hosts are Donna Sloan and Bill Treusch.

Mississippi Mills Family Bicycle Sunday Ride #3

Meet at the play structure in Gemmill Park at 3:00 pm. All ages and abilities are welcome. More about the Club >

Monday June 22

Women’s Learn to Ride Nights #4

See details on June 1st.

Thursday June 25


See details June 4th.

Saturday June 27

Help Build Almonte’s BMX Bike Track

Bring your BMX bike and a shovel to help sculpt a bigger, better Augusta Street Park BMX track. New clay has arrived and it’s ready for kids and adults to make it theirs. Starts at 9am.

Sunday June 28

Blessing of the Bikes

This inclusive, non-denominational event takes place at Almonte United Church at 11:30 am. Although not obligatory, cyclists are welcome to join the church service at 10:30am.

Therapeutic Yoga for Cyclists – Almonte Massage

Join Barb Goodwin, RMT, E-RYT of Barb Goodwin’s Therapeutic Yoga and Massage for a one-hour session teaching a sequence of yoga movements that will be beneficial to cyclists. Bring your yoga mat and a blanket. Almonte Old Town Hall at 9am. For more details, or if you require extra considerations due to a health event, contact Barb in advance: Almontemassage@hotmail.com.

Sunday Brunch Ride #4 – Mississippi Mills Council Rides

This ride with members of council offers a great opportunity to ask questions about the town’s Active Transportation Plan. Both tours leave at 10am.

OPTION 1: Ride with Mayor Shaun McLaughlin. Tour leave’s Almonte Old Town Hall at 10am stopping in Pakenham for brunch at Love That Barr.

OPTION 2: Ride with a councillors (TBD) around Almonte stopping for brunch in Almonte. Route and brunch stop to be determined by participants – call your ward councillor and ask them along.

Monday June 29

Women’s Learn to Ride Nights #5

See details on June 1st.

Tuesday June 30

Ride with the Miss Mills Family Bicycle Club in Pakenham’s Canada Day Eve Parade

A great way to ride out the Bicycle Month. Decorate yourself and your bike and celebrate two-wheeled joy and Canada’s 148th birthday! It all starts at 5pm with a free barbeque and kids games. The parade is at 7 and amazing fireworks at dusk. Details >

Silver Chain Challenge: Month of June

Remember to log your kilometres for June for your town at www.silverchainchallenge.ca.

Supporting the development of a rural cycling community

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