Mayoral Candidates Debate and Ward Candidates Meet and Greet Wednesday, Sept. 26

Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation is proud to be one of the sponsors of this event.  Come and see how the mayoral candidates weigh in on many issues, including how they value active transportation. There will be opportunities for the audience to submit questions as well.

Sponsored by:

Fair Vote-Guelph
The Leap-Guelph
Guelph Labour Council
Ontario Central Students Association
Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation
Guelph Wellington Coalition for Social Justice

Don’t miss the 4th annual Tweed Ride, Sunday, Sept. 30!

Get your bike! Dress in your finest tweeds and join us on  Sunday, Sept 30, 1-3pm, for a leisurely 7km ride through the quiet streets and trails of Guelph. Admission is free!

For our ride, we’ll meet at the Arboretum Centre and bike toward the University of Guelph Campus, enjoying the beautiful fall colours.  We’ll stop at the University Bike Centre for refreshments, then ride through University Village on the way to the beautiful Royal River Trail. We’ll make a brief refreshment stop at the historic McCrae House, then we’ll finish the ride at the Royal City Brewing Company, where we’ll celebrate the “spirit of a bygone era”, where cycling was more than just for sport.

Participants will have the opportunity to win prizes, such as those for the best dressed male and female as well as the coolest bike. While all bicycles are acceptable, vintage bicycles are encouraged. Sponsors included Speed River Bicycle, Wike, Royal City Brewing Co., Speed River Paddling and Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation. This event is being hosted by the Guelph Hiking Trail Club.

Tweed Rides are a worldwide sensation that started in London in the fall of 2009. The organizers thought that it would be fun to have a slower paced “cosmopolitan ride with a bit of style.” So they dressed in tweeds and rode their bikes through London streets.  Now Tweed Rides exist from Tokyo to Finland!


Please meet at the parking lot Arboretum Centre, College Avenue East, at 12:45 for registration and to sign a waiver.  Ample bike and vehicle parking is available across from the Arboretum Information Centre.

Spaces are limited! Please register at

For more information, please contact

“Ride The Ward” rides with your municipal ward candidate!

Want to join some of your municipal ward candidates to  learn about the benefits and pitfalls of riding a bike in your neighbourhood?

This September and October, Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation (GCAT) is hosting ward rides in  Wards 1 through 6  to talk about the good, the bad and the ugly of Guelph active transportation infrastructure. Each ride will take approximately an hour at a leisurely pace, with stops along the way. The public and the media are invited to attend and share ideas.

At the end of each ride, we will stop at a pre designated location to discuss what we liked about the ride, and how we can improve active transportation infrastructure in each ward. We will compile the information for all candidates,including mayoral candidates, and city staff!
Here are the dates for the rides: All rides begin at 11am. Click on Ward to get map of the ride: Please RSVP your ride leader or if you are interested in attending!
  • Ward 3 Sept . 9 with Duncan McKenzie.

Starting location: front of Roobarb Cafe, 77 Westmount Rd.

  • Ward 4  Sept 16 with Yvette Tendick

Start and end location: Wild Wing

  • Ward 5 Sept. 23 with Laura Brown

start and end location: The Boathouse

  • Ward 1 Sept. 29 with Jordan Richard

start location:  Wooden Bridge, Gordon St. side,
end location Appetizingly Yours, 54 Elizateth St.

  • Ward 2 Oct. 14 with Mike Darmon

Starting point: Parking lot off of Marilyn Dr in Riverside Park
Ending point  Red Brick Cafe, 8 Douglas St.

  • Ward 6 Oct. 13 Discussion of Active Transportation infrastructure in the South end with Yvette Tendick (Ride postponed to the Spring)

Please note time change:  11:30am

Location: Fat Duck Gastro Pub, 210 Kortright Rd. W



For more information, please contact Don’t forget your helmet!