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Toronto Bicycling Network is Toronto's largest recreational cycling club, rated the city’s #1 cycling club by BlogTO and Readers Choice. TBN offers a wide variety of rides throughout the week and on weekends, catering to all levels of riders, as well as affordable trips outside Toronto and a wide range of winter activities.
TBN's AGM goes virtual: board has vacancies
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT! PLEASE READ.
TBN's Annual General Meeting is scheduled for 7 pm on November 26, and will be a virtual gathering to comply with COVID-19 restrictions. Please attend if you can, in order to hear our overview of 2020 activities and our plans for 2021, which we hope will be more "normal". The AGM will consider nominations for the 2021 board of directors, both your new suggestions and the incumbent board members proposed by the TBN nominating committee. Please email the committee (Dave Mader and Pam Kraft) by October 23 with names of people you wish to nominate, along with brief biographies.
WE NEED YOUR HELP! Positions that we are especially anxious to fill include Education Director, Touring Director, Communications Director and Membership Experience Director. Here is a rundown of the various board positions and their responsibilities. We know some of you out there have the skills to help as board members, so please give serious consideration to helping out. You may also submit proposals to be voted on at the AGM. Email suggestions to email@example.com no later than October 23. Please include "TBN AGM" in the subject line.
Finally, if you have a question you want the board to address at the AGM, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, also by October 23. Be sure to include "TBN AGM" in the subject line.
Watch for updates on the virtual AGM in future issues of Chain of Events, and at tbn.ca. The Annual General Meeting is an important event in TBN's Calendar. Members must approve the Club’s financial statements and nominate and vote on the Board of Directors for 2020-2021.
next year's membership is free for paid-up members
We lost most of our 2020 riding season because of COVID-19, so as a big thank you for bearing with us, TBN will automatically extend membership by 365 days for all members in good standing (those who have paid their dues in full). You lost your 2020 season with TBN, so we’re giving you another one. Examples: if your membership renewal date was October 19, 2020, it will be extended to October 19, 2021; if it was May 13, 2021, it will be changed to May 13, 2022.
The background: TBN was unable to operate at all from March through July, and our schedule has been limited since August. And with a second wave upon us, we know we won't be offering our normal slate of winter activities. Nobody knows when things will be back to normal. We’ll take another look at membership dues as we continue through these challenging times and will do our utmost to continue to offer great value to all our members.
Chain of Events is TBN's e-newsletter, featuring up to date info about upcoming rides and events. Click here for the most recent Chain of Events.
Now's the time to join TBN's Strava TBN club, where you can share your rides with fellow club members and see who's fastest on the hills. To join the club, click here and press "Request to join." Strava links to services like RideWithGPS and Garmin Connect and offers a way for to track your speed and mileage. It has two levels of membership, a fee-based premium service, and a no-charge basic service.
You asked for a library of TBN routes. We listened. A new work-in-progress page offers a convenient way to find some of our routes, with links to rides mapped through RideWithGPS. We have over 1,000 routes in total, including many duplicates and obsolete routes, so this will become an easier way to find a specific ride than by backtracking to RideWithGPS in our online Calendar. Check it out.
TBN has a free iPhone and Android app displaying upcoming rides with a single click. Open up the Apple AppStore or Android PlayStore and look for "Toronto Bicycling Network." Iif you would like to use a mobile browser instead, please bookmark our mobile-friendly site. You can reach the mobile site by clicking here.