Over $15,000 Raised At B!KE-a-thon Fundraiser At The Social Pub

The Social Pub was spinning (with music and bikers) on Saturday (July 13th) as friends of B!KE: The Peterborough Community Cycling Hub came out in droves to fundraise at their first-ever fundraising event, the “B!KE-a-thon”, which raised more than $15,000.

From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., cyclist teams—outfitted in themed costumes and spirited attitudes—pedalled for 12-hours straight, relay-style, on stationary bikes at The Social in downtown Peterborough. "It wasn't as easy as you'd think," says Lily Haryett, long-time supporter of B!KE. Haryett and other cyclists were urged on by visiting supporters including Mayor Diane Therrien, local federal PC leader Mike Skinner and Town ward councillor Kemi Akapo.

Bikers at The Social Pub (Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada)

Bikers at The Social Pub (Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada)

"The vibe was great—there was stiff competition to raise funds between teams, and it was heated!" says Kate Siena from the 5-member team, The Cranks. "In the end, our shared love of B!KE brought out the best in us!" 

Bikers at The Social Pub (Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada)

Bikers at The Social Pub (Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada)

Sponsors for the B!KE-a-thon included The Social Pub, Wild Rock Outfitters, Green Eyewear, Frog Cycles, Runners Life, Pastry Pedlar, Fresh Radio, Global TV/CHEX, PTBOCanada (that’s us!), Henry's Barbershop, Ultimate Distribution, Sam's Deli, Publican House, Fontaine Source for Sports, Pedalboro, The Endeavor Centre and Peterborough Tool Library.

Due to unforeseen changes to the provincial non-profit funding landscape, B!KE is anticipating a challenging fiscal period ahead.

These vital funds raised from the B!KE-a-thon will enable them to fill in funding gaps, freeing up staff and board members to explore new revenue sources for the coming years.

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An Awesome 15 Passenger Party Bike Called PedalBoro Has Come To Town

Peterborough’s very first 15-passenger party bike, PedalBoro, will soon be launching in the city. This will be a great idea for office functions, family and friend parties, tourists, and more—and it’s environmentally friendly.

PedalBoro is a multi-passenger bike tour company that will provide an innovative, eco-friendly transportation alternative for exploring downtown Peterborough's vibrant food and beverage scene.

Photo courtesy PedalBoro

Photo courtesy PedalBoro

With the launch of PedalBoro, Peterborough will become the 5th city in Canada to host this new form of cycle tourism, a sector that is booming right now. 

Once launched, PedalBoro tours has the opportunity to be a powerful economic driver as part of the city’s high value cycle tourism industry; connecting residents and tourists alike to Peterborough’s culinary creators and beverage makers.

Photo courtesy PedalBoro

Photo courtesy PedalBoro

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StoosNews Spotlight: Check Out The Business Beat This Week Featuring Dream Cyclery, Canada Homestay Network & More!

PTBOCanada is delighted to to be running StooNews columns each week here, spotlighting new businesses and startups in Peterborough and the Kawarthas. Here is this week’s edition…

Dream Cyclery (432 George St N.) recently opened in downtown Peterborough. With the flagship store in Toronto, Peterborough is their second location. Dream Cyclery is a custom bike & wheel building specialist, offering rentals, road, mountain bike, hybrid, E-Bike, and folding bike sales and service. Check them out on Facebook and for more info, visit their website.

Dream Cyclery

Dream Cyclery

NV Media Productions has rebranded as 705 Creative. Owners and sisters Bianca Nucaro-Viteri and Mercedez Nucaro have now grown to a staff of four and specialize in full-service content marketing, promising your followers rich content, substance, and brand stories, on time, on budget and to your original vision. For more info, go to 705creative.ca.

705 Creative team

705 Creative team

The Canada Homestay Network is a family-run, non-profit organization specializing in helping international students find a home away from home in Canada. Host families can make life-long friendships, share the beauty of their home and community, benefit the local economy, and get a generous allowance to offset expenses. The international students get just as much out of it, including language skills and a positive introduction to Canadian family life. For details on how you can get involved, visit canadahomestaynetwork.ca.

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Peterborough & Kawarthas Tourism Partners With Greenbelt On New Cycling Route

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has partnered with Ontario By Bike, Feast ON, and regional tourism offices across Ontario’s protected Greenbelt—including Peterborough & the Kawarthas—to showcase world-class cycle tourism experiences connected to the Greenbelt Route.

Cyclists will now be encouraged to ride the new Oak Ridges to Lake Loop, which utilizes a portion of Route 3A (Hills, Views & Pastries) of the Peterborough & the Kawarthas Classics Road Cycling Routes. The new loop explores communities in the Township of Cavan-Monaghan, the City of Peterborough and the Township of Otonabee-South Monaghan.

Country Road 2 which is part of the route

Country Road 2 which is part of the route

The Greenbelt Route, launched in 2015, connects communities from Northumberland to Niagara on a signed cycling route through the countryside—highlighting bike-friendly destinations and supporting local economies.

New this year, as a substantial cycle-tourism asset for the region, the updated Greenbelt Route has multiple connecting routes to the Waterfront Trail and thousands of points of interest riders can add to their route to customize their experience to their taste. Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism has partnered with this group on the creation of this loop as one of the nine new cycling loops. The complete itinerary curated to include a number of local partners is available on the newly updated greenbelt.ca/route.

“The landscapes of Peterborough and the Kawarthas are the perfect backdrop for this three-day cycling trip,” says Burkhard Mausberg, CEO of Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. “With the Greenbelt Route, we look for partners taking leadership in cycle tourism and Peterborough Economic Development has shown a strong commitment to promoting not only the region, but also healthy, active recreation.”

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