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Bike Ride in the Grass


Images inspired by a bike ride in the grass in Toronto – photographs by John Diogenous on a spring day.

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Treasured Childhood Memories Help to Bring Empowerment to Others –
Simple encounters and interactions often ignite passions that guide our lives on an unexpected path. Such an event happened to Mike B., the founder of Bikes Without Borders in 2004. On a trip to a town in Northern Nicaragua, he met a little girl who walked 2 hours each way to school. Remembering riding bikes to school, Mike decided to donate bikes to the school the girl attended, and started a charity that empowers people worldwide.

Bikes Without Borders is a Canadian charity dedicated to using bikes and bike related solutions to assist development in marginalized communities. Upon returning to the school where he donated the bikes and discovered how popular and empowering they had become. Teachers used the bikes as incentives for the children to excel in their studies. Fieldworkers wanted bikes to ride to their fields, so they did not have to walk. Families who could not afford cars or public transportation used bikes for more efficient transportation to and from jobs, thus affording them more time with loved ones.

Bikes Without Borders does not just help people in developing countries. The Great Bike Recycle assists youths in the St.James Town Neighbourhood of Toronto. The charity also partners with other businesses in multitudes endeavours  Mountain Equipment Co-op dedicates store space for the Bikes Without Borders clothing line with 100 percent of the profits going toward the charity. ING Direct sponsors the Toronto Tweed Ride.

A seemingly chance encounter with a little girl brought cherished memories to Mike B’s mind. Those memories, and a desire to help gave birth to Bikes Without Borders. The charity has brought empowerment and joy to many worldwide.

-John Diogenous

Cycling to see the city of Toronto

Are you a cycling enthusiast currently living in Toronto or with plans to visit the city?

If the answer is yes, then you should treat yourself with an adventure of a lifetime while in the city.  Cycling has a lot of positive health benefits but more importantly, it gives one the opportunity to experience the amazing sounds and city of the city of Toronto.  Unlike other forms of touring the city, cycling enables one to travel deeper into areas that would otherwise be inaccessible when using other means of transport like buses and at the same time, making it more convenient to make stops at places that you wish.

John Diogenous bike path photoCycling tours in Toronto could be three way:  One may opt to sign up for group touring where a couple of other cycling enthusiasts also join in.  This type of group is usually accompanied by an expert to guide them through various landmark and lighthouse attractions within and around the city.  The same too applies for private tours especially for people with special interests and who wish to focus more on certain attractions.  The third alternative is touring the city while cycling solo.  This only applies if one is well knowledgeable of the area and its surrounding though it’s not recommended for a first time tourist of the city.

Examples of remarkable places to tour while cycling around the city include the Toronto islands; the harbourfront that is home to Toronto’s best theatres, art galleries and restaurants; the Wonderland Park; Toronto Zoo; Casa Loma; Yorkville; the Rogers Centre; CN Tower which was nominated as one of the seven Wonders of the modern world and other several attractions including hotels, shopping malls and markets.  While cycling through these attractions, one can slow down if need be to enable them connect more with these attractions and learn more about them.

Various touring agencies offer bicycles for rental while the tourist is still in the city.  Although the rates charged on bicycles vary, they are much affordable compared to all the other forms of transportation.  Bicycling is in the same way more convenient since one doesn’t have to pay for packing and neither do they have to worry about dealing with heavy traffic.  Moreover, since many people assume that taking a vacation is all about relaxing, by you opting to cycle will keep fit and healthy hence give you a sense of pride in what you will have accomplished.