Welcome to the Pedaling for Parkinson's Maritimes Ride
The Pedaling for Parkinson's Maritimes Ride is intended to be an inclusive, family-friendly event that will take place on Saturday, September 24th and 25th, 2022. The Credit Union Place (CUP) in Summerside, PE will be the start/finish area for both routes, which includes a short and longer option on each day. If you can only make it on one or the other of the two days of riding, don't let that stop you. If 1km is as far as you choose to ride, that's 100% ok too, because Pedaling for Parkinson's is about the joy of cycling and participation. We encourage anyone who can come to the full weekend to please do so. We want your experience to be a memorable one.
The rides begin and end at the CUP travelling along the Confederation Trail, a crushed gravel trail that is ideal for this type of ride. Distances vary for each of the two days, with rides looping back at designated turnaround points. On Day 1, we explore the trail west of Summerside and on Day 2, we head east of Summerside. Regardless of the route, we want our participants to choose a pace and distance that is enjoyable for them. Pedaling for Parkinson's is not a race, so slow down, savour the scenery, and share in the laughter with your family and friends. Last year we had riders on bikes, trikes, recumbents, and everything in between. We hope to see much more of the same this year.
The Confederation Trail is multi-use, shared by walkers, wheelchairs, and runners. In order for everyone to enjoy their trail experience, riders are encouraged to equip their bikes with a bell to notify others when passing from the rear. Pets must be leashed while on the trail, and everyone is asked to "leave no trace." Helmets are the law on all roads and trails on PEI.
All riders are encouraged to ensure their bikes are in good working order beforehand because this is a mostly unsupported ride. Flat tires and minor repairs are expected to be completed by the participants themselves. We will have bike mechanics available to assist before the ride begins each day and also "sweeping" from behind, but with so many kilometres to cover... you get it, right? Some regional bicycle shops are partnering with Pedaling for Parkinson's and will be offering discounts on bicycle maintenance or cycling accessories, so if your bike needs a tune-up, call ahead to your local bike mechanic and ask if they are partnering with Pedaling for Parkinson's. If your bicycle is beyond repair while on the route, or you are unable to continue cycling because of injury or illness, a volunteer will be able to assist you with arrangements for a safe return to the start/finish area.
Accommodations and Transportation
The Quality Inn and Suites in Summerside is providing our riders with a group rate for two nights. Call 902-436-2295 and reference Pedaling for Parkinson's. We currently have 20 rooms set aside.
Maritime Bus is offering our riders a 50% off discount for trasnportation. Transportation reservations can be made anytime from August 1st until September 30th (2022). The reservations must be for thr dates of September 22nd to September 30th (2022). Bookings can be made using the link below (promo code: PARK2022) :
Things to Do
Whether you are only staying for the ride weekend or planning to fully immerse yourselves in the Island experience, the PEI tourism website should be your first place to go for all things PEI: PEI Tourism.
This short 4-minute YouTube video may give you a sense of what PEI has to offer: Explore PEI.
The bike culture is strong and growing across Prince Edward Island, with many operators offering bike rentals onsite. If you no longer own a bicycle or don't have the ability to transport your bicycle, renting may be a great option for you.
Your Safety is our Priority
For the second year in a row, we want to give a special thanks to the great first aid volunteers with the Canadian Ski Patrol System (CSPS). Our ride officials will address the riders each day to advise of any conditions, hazards, etc. that you might encounter. Road Marshall volunteers are placed only at high-traffic intersections of the trail. They will be instructed to stop you, not traffic, if it is unsafe to proceed. Remember to thank all of our valued volunteers.
We look forward to celebrating Pedaling for Parkinson's with you in accordance with the current local, provincial, and federal health and safety guidelines. Our utmost priority remains the health and safety of participants, volunteers, staff, and the community at large. Please refer to the link below for the most updated information on current COVID-19 regulations.
Stay tuned to this page. We will continue to add updates as additional information becomes available.