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The top 12 events for Toronto Bike Month in 2016

Toronto Bike Month is back for 2016, featuring a ton of great events for cycling enthusiasts to partake in. The annual celebration goes down on May 30 until the end of June. Whether you're a mountain biker, a roadie, or you're just curious about bikes in general, bike month is a great opportunity to meet some like-minded people and learn a thing or two about cycling. So, do you have air in your tires?

Here's are my picks for the top events at Toronto Bike Month this year.

MEC Bike Fest 2016
It's a bit retail-focuses, but MEC's Bike Fest has a lot to offer even if you don't buy a single thing, including clinics, demos and a whole lot of bike talk that's a great way to kickstart the serious riding season. This is a great way to connect with our cyclists and cycling groups.

Where: Mountain Equipment Co-op, 400 King St. West
When: Friday, May 27th 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Saturday, May 28th 9:00 am to 2:00 pm,

Books on Bathurst
The 3rd annual Book Ride starts at Fork York Library before riding North on Bathurst. This is a celebration of the two journalists Jane Jacobs and June Callwood, and also a great way to ride around the city for a while. You'll be escorted by police on this ride.

Where: Fort York Library, finishing at the June Callwood Park.
When: Saturday, May 28th 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

7th Annual Blessing of the Bikes
Trinity St. Paul's aims to promote environmental awareness with their annual Blessing of the Bikes. The worship highlights the undeniable link between transportation and the well being of the environment. This year's service will take place in an outdoor garden.

Where: Trinity-St. Paul's United Church, 427 Bloor St. West
When: Sunday, May 29th 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Bike to Work Day
Every day should be Bike to Work Day, but this is a great way to celebrate and promote cycling culture in Toronto. Break a sweat before the day starts! There's a lot of different rides starting from various locations across the city, so check to see if there's one near you.

Where: Various locations (see map)
When: Monday, May 30th

Tour de Dufflet
This is a ride that visits all three different Dufflet cafes in the city. You'll get a passport that gets stamped at each stop. It's fun, and who doesn't like cake? This runs every day, rain or shine, with the exception of Mondays, for the entirety of Bike Month.

Where: 87 Queen Street West, 2638 Yonge Street, or 1917 Queen Street East
When: May 30th - June 30th

Evergreen Bike Works: Women's Mountain Bike Ride
This is a weekly mountain bike ride aimed at beginner female riders who perhaps aren't entirely comfortable on the trails yet. Sweet Pete's and Bike Works will help you get the hang of it in a judgement free zone!

Where: 550 Bayview Ave
When: Wednesday, June 1st 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Polkadot Ride
Grab some polkadot cycling gear for this relaxed cruise around Roncesvalles Village set to the sound of Polka music. Afterwards head to the Roncesvalles pub for a few drinks and a Polka Trivia contest. Yes, there's prizes.

Where: Sorauren Park
When: Thursday, June 9th 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Cycle Toronto Basic Bike Maintenance Clinic
If you have a problem with your bike, it's good to know how to take care of it yourself. Cycle Toronto's Bike Maintenance Clinic will teach you the very basics of taking care of your bike on a daily basis.

Where: Bloor Gladstone Library, 1101 Bloor St. West.
When: Saturday, June 11th 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Ward 18 Mural & Art Gallery Ride
This group ride puts a focus on art, touring around Ward 18's side streets and alleyways to see some of the beautiful murals that cover the walls. You'll also see some art galleries. Sounds like a blast to me.

Where: Dundas West mural, 1547 Dundas St West
When: Thursday, June 16th 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The 4th Annual Custard Tart Ride
Load up the calories and then spin them off at this semi-gluttonous bike tour of Toronto that features regular stops for pastel di natta, the much-loved Portuguese custard tart.

Where: Ride starts at Dufferin and Dundas
When: Sunday, June 19th 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

The Beltine and Beyond
This is a ride through a 16km, mainly off road loop right in the heart of midtown Toronto. These trails are a bit of a hidden gem, and that's why this sounds so cool. Find out places to ride you didn't know existed before.

Where: Ben Nobleman Park
When: Saturday, June 20th 6:00 pm - 9 pm

Bells on Danforth
This is the 5th annual ride across the Danforth, which will be even more celebratory given that long term cycling advocates finally convinced the city to try out bike lanes on Bloor this year. You'll be riding with a large group of fellow cyclists. No RSVP required, just show up and have fun.

Where: Prince Edward Viaduct Parkette
When: Saturday, June 25th 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

What did I miss? Add the Bike Month events you're most excited about in the comments.

Photo by Jackman Chiu in the blogTO Flickr pool.

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