Who We Are
Bike 4 United Way (B4UW) is an annual OPS/agency employee charity ride. We are looking for new and past riders to join us to demonstrate the OPS’ commitment to health promotion, staff engagement and volunteerism for charity. Funds raised through the ride will help the United Way’s network of member agencies and programs ensure that hundreds of thousands of Ontarians have access to vital social services when and where they need it most – in their community.
Thanks to the generous support of our friends, family and colleagues we have now raised over $210,000 in our 5 year history. This is a tremendous demonstration of the generosity and support for social services in Ontario. If you are interested in joining us or learning how you can support, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- In 2012, an avid Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care cyclist conceived of the first-ever, province-wide, Ontario Public Service (OPS) charity event known as the Thunder Bay to Toronto Bike Ride (T2T) for United Way. Fifteen riders, representing six ministries, volunteered their time and resources to cycle the 1400-km route in early September 2012. The ride, which took 10 days to complete, galvanized staff to: make a difference in their community; live healthy, active lives and raise more than $55,000 for the annual fall United Way campaign.
- Bike for United Way (B4UW) is the evolution of T2T … OPS staff doing epic bike rides for United Way!
- The 2013 B4UW riders cycled from one of three cities – Ottawa, Windsor or North Bay – to Toronto. Each route took five or six days to complete, with all riders meeting at Queen’s Park on September 16. They raised over 50,000 for the OPS United Way campaign.
- The 2014 B4UW riders cycled either a Toronto Southern Loop (September 2nd to 7th and 830 km) or a North Bay Northern Loop (September 11th to 15th and 660 km).
- In 2015 we rode from Guelph to Kingston, in a not-so-direct route through Owen Sound and Peterborough. 7 days and 906km with many people joining for 3 days over the weekend.
- In 2016 we looped through cottage country in southern Ontario. 4 days and 555km with many people joining for 3 days over the weekend.
- In 2017, a scenic eastward route took the peloton from Kingston, along the St Lawrence to Quebec, along the Ottawa River to nearly Ottawa, west to the Rideau River, then back to Kingston.
You are an OPS/agency employee capable of completing ~150km/day over multiple days. You have seven days (five vacation days) to dedicate to the complete the whole ride, or two days for the weekend option.You have a road bike in good condition.You have or can obtain camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, etc). You are positive and ready for an epic adventure.
There is no minimum fundraising target but riders are encouraged to raise at least $750. Funds raised will be reflected in the riders overall ministry totals. Riders may direct their donations to a local UW chapter. B4UW will help riders with ideas & materials for raising funds through your personal and professional networks.
What You Need To Know
This is a self-supported ride. Each person will require to cover their own expenses (i.e. equipment, spares, travel to/from start/end points) and shared expenses (i.e. food, Support And Gear (SAG) vehicle, accommodations). Liability waivers are required to be signed. This is a team effort, everyone is expected to help at camp with setup/tear-down, cooing and clean-up.
To join the ride, or for more information, contact: