In 2012, CBN board member and Canada Bikes co-founder Thomas Hasan, launched the Heritage Rides series of historical bike tours of built- and natural environment of various communities in Toronto. Serving as a pilot series to convince Heritage Toronto to add bike tours to its program offering, Thomas researched, organized, and led five Heritage Rides during the 2012 season -four of which were held during Bike Month 2012- including through the communities of Long Branch, The Beaches, Leaside, and Mimico, working with neighbourhood historians to provide storytelling and with local cycling advocates as bike marshals to ensure rider safety en route.
The Ontario Chapter of Sierra Club Canada was proud sponsor of the Mimico Heritage Ride.
Convinced by the success of Thomas’ efforts with Heritage Rides, Heritage Toronto added bike tours to its tour portfolio and has partnered with Community Bicycle Network since 2013 to deliver Heritage Toronto Bike Tours.
The Heritage Rides series is currently being re-launched to promote the historical built- and natural environment by bicycle in communities throughout Canada. To develop a Heritage Ride for your community or for more information, please contact Thomas Hasan.