The Region of Durham invites you to celebrate Bike Month this September. Bike Month is an opportunity to get out on your bicycle, replace car trips with bike trips, learn new skills and have some fun; bringing together families, employers, commuters and community organizations at hundreds of events across the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area (GTHA). While Bike Month may be a little different this year, there are still lots of opportunities to get active, be healthy and ride your bike. Below is a list of Bike Month activities taking place across the region, from September 1st to 30th, 2020. Durham Region challenges you to ride your bike this September. Any trip counts Take the Bike Month pledge to let us know how you plan to celebrate Bike Month! Your pledge automatically enters you into a draw for one of two prizes: 1. An 18-inch frame Super Cycle Surge mountain bike 2. A major bike tune-up from Impala Bicycles Read the Bike Month Pledge contest rules and regulations, at www.durham.ca/bikemonth. Cycling Photo Scavenger Hunt Durham Region challenges you to get on your bike this September and learn more about your community! Get outside and get active while visiting the natural areas, historic places and cultural sites that make Durham Region unique. A variety of locations will be identified as clues. At your own pace and by choosing your own route, ride your bike to each location. Take a photo or video of you and your bike at as many locations as you can, and submit them via social media using the hashtag #BikeMonth and tagging @RegionOfDurham on Facebook or Twitter. You can also submit your photos or videos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Each submission counts as an entry into a prize draw! The more places you visit, the more chances you have to win! This activity will take place September 1st to 30th, 2020. The prize winner will be announced by October 16th, 2020. Family Biking Webinar Learn tips and tricks for biking while pregnant, biking with babies and toddlers, and teaching kids to ride for the first time, in this free online webinar, led by Cycle Toronto. We’ll discuss the equipment you’ll need, go over best practices, and teach you about bike safety. The webinar will be hosted for free, on September 15th, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Registration is required. Register online, at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/family-biking-webinar-tickets-117976100693, at least one hour before the webinar. It’s recommended you attend the Safe Cycling 101 Webinar, prior to this webinar, if you’re new to biking, at https://www.cycleto.ca/event/safe-cycling-101-webinar. Panel Discussion on ‘Building a Culture of Cycling’ What does it take to build a community where cycling is accessible, celebrated and commonplace? Join us for a candid conversation about what it means to build a culture of cycling. Four panellists, with experience shaping cycling culture across different communities in Ontario, will share lessons and best practices during this one-hour online panel discussion. The conversation will focus on a variety of topics, including: engaging different communities and types of cyclists (youth, newcomers, suburban and urban setting), how programming and cycling hubs contribute to shaping and shifting cycling culture, and the roles policy, infrastructure and network planning play in supporting cycling culture. Cost: The discussion will be hosted on September 18th, for free, from noon to 1 p.m. Registration is required. Register online, at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/building-a-culture-of-cycling-panel-discussion-tickets-118056051829, at least one hour before the discussion. Ride-4-United Way United Way Durham Region is hosting the 12th annual Ride 4 United Way, on September 27th, 2020. Funds raised will go towards the United Way’s COVID-19 relief initiatives. The event will be slightly different this year in order to ensure social distancing. Riders will be required to register online to secure a designated start time, for between 7:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. The event will be contactless, and riders will be asked to adhere to social distancing guidelines while on the course. Visit the Ride 4 United Way website, http://support.unitedwaydr.com/site/TR?fr_id=1090&pg=entry, to learn more about the routes, registration and COVID-19 precautions.