A Note from Pedaling for Parkinson's in Prince Edward County Organizers Jim and Krista
Maintaining the incredible spirit of Pedaling for Parkinson's was our intent when we stepped in to keep the ride going after it's incredible run in Parry Sound.
With your support, that's exactly what happened last year. We're grateful for the community of new and returning riders who gathered to keep the incredible spirit and fundraising success of this ride going in 2019.
2020 has presented some new complications, but we are calling on past Prince Edward County riders (and new supporters across Canada) to ride together on a single day in August. Here are the details:
- August 29th is the ride day for Pedaling for Parkinson's in Prince Edward County
- We'll organize a virtual opening ceremony to help people kick off their rides that brings the same important message: we all have a reason to ride, and we all support one another.
- We'll be riding from the Mount Tabor Fairgrounds in Milford yet again. We invite anyone who would like to use that as a starting point for your own rides in a safe, socially distant manner that follows all public health guidelines.
- There will be other recommended starting points throughout the province, including sites in Ottawa, Toronto and Parry Sound.
- You can expect a ride volunteer available at all locations to help with logistic details and provide rider refreshments and recognition. Donation processing procedures will be in place for riders who have donations to submit (these can be mailed to Parkinson Canada in advance). Please recognize that all locations are self-supported rides.
- We are planning a post-ride Zoom call where everyone can grill their own burgers (sorry about that) and connect on the ride, their year, and the new ways that Pedaling for Parkinson's brought them joy this year.
- Those that wish can register for 'Go the Distance' a Pedaling for Parkinson's Virtual Ride accessible to anyone in Canada. You can set a specific mileage goal and track it with apps like Strava. Those who join the P4P in PEC team will see their fundraising count toward the goal of this specific event. Anyone who rides is still supporting the goal of funding Parkinson's research regardless of where they live or ride
Further details will be shared with past participants and new registrants by email. Again, the goal has not changed. We invite you to join us to stand up to Parkinson's and to fund research impact.
The Pedaling for Parkinson's Team
For people living with Parkinson's or anyone looking for more specific detail from Parkinson Canada, please visit their Action Plan for Covid-19 page.
Reflections on Pedaling for Parkinson's from its founders, Peter Istvan and David Newall
The event founders ran the ride in Parry Sound form 2011 to 2018
Jim Redmond, co-host of our Prince Edward County ride, reflects on his reason to ride
Shot while participating in the Parry Sound edition of the event
Want to see the video that inspired Jim? View it here.
We do encourage riders to treat the event as a 'self supported ride' though with thanks to our in-kind donors and our rest stop/aid station hosts, there is a limited amount of nutritional support on route.
Please plan to bring your own nutrition. Also, carry some money as all routes will pass by stores/food places. For other community rides or self supported events, please plan to supply your own nutrition unless otherwise indicated by your event host.
Routes are OPEN to vehicle traffic, please obey all rules of the road, red lights and stop signs. You are responsible for your own safety. Wear a Helmet HELMETS ARE MANDATORY for all participants. Do not ride more than two abreast. The Ontario Highway Traffic Act applies equally to cyclists and motorists. Be courteous to motorists and other cyclists. Our safety is enhanced if we can minimize motorist frustration. Ensure your bike is tuned up and road-ready before the RIDE. Communicate your intention to pass other cyclists. Use caution on downhill sections. Please avoid use of cell phones and personal audio systems while cycling.