Welcome to the Pedaling for Parkinson's Maritimes Ride
The 2022 ride will take place on September 24th & 25th, 2022. The Pedaling for Parkinson's Maritimes Ride is intended to be an inclusive, family-friendly event. The Credit Union Place in Summerside, PE will be the start/finish area for both routes, which include a 35km and 55km option. If 1km is as far as you choose to ride, that's 100% ok, because Pedaling for Parkinson's is about the joy of cycling and participation.
The 35km and 55km routes run along the Confederation Trail. Regardless of the route, we want our participants to choose a pace that is enjoyable for them. Pedaling for Parkinson's is not a race, so slow down, savour the scenary, and share in the laughter with your family and friends.
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. 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.
The Quality Inn and Suites in Summerside is providing our riders with a group rate for two nights. Booking details to come.
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
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 links 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.