Pedaling for Parkinson‘s in the Maritimes is intended to be an inclusive, family-friendly event. The Credit Union Place in Summerside, PE will be the start/finish area for all routes. The looped ride options vary from 35km, 55km and 100km. 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.
All of the 35km and 55km routes run along the Confederation trail. The 100km route offers a variety of terrain including trails, gravel and a heritage clay road. 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 scenery, and share in the laughter with your family and friends.
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 tuneup, call ahead to your local bike mechanic and ask if they are partnering with P4P. 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 area.
The purpose of the event is to raise awareness about Parkinson’s disease and raise funds for research. While there is no registration fee, a minimum $50 in funds raised which can be achieved through a self-pledge is expected. We encourage a $500 total fundraising goal. Organizers work closely with Parkinson Canada to help ensure a successful event.
The Loyalist Inn in Summerside is providing our riders with a group rate for two nights. Booking and Hotel details are available at: Loyalist Inn Reservations Department 902-436-3333 or by calling their toll-free number at 1-800-361-2668.The caller must mention you are part of the Pedaling For Parkinson’s Maritimes group. This is the only way to qualify for the group rate. All reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card at the time of booking. Rooms range from $125.00 night for traditional City View to $185.00 night for the executive harbour view suite. Guests may arrive a day early or stay a day later at the same rate within the block based on availability. Daily breakfast included. This group rate is valid until September 12th.
Maritime Bus is offering a 50% off rate for the event for both passengers and bikes.
Please call the call centre at 1-800-575-1807 and reference Promo code PARK2021.
Northumberland Ferries is also offering $10 on round trip bookings to PEI between August 8-September 27 for travel dates from August 8 - September 27. The promo code is PEDAL21
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 the 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 might be a great option for you.
From Dan Steele, volunteer event coordinator: This past year has been a difficult one for everyone, but it has been particularly difficult for people living with Parkinson’s (PLWP), many of whom are elderly. The Pandemic exposed how vulnerable that demographic can be, how we as a country must provide better service and care to our seniors. All of us within the Parkinson’s community, whether young or old, know intimately how stress intensifies almost all our symptoms. I was lucky to have been able to have undergone Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery just as things really began to shut down. The improvements in my mobility have put some zip back in my step and I want to share this window of opportunity with the extended Parkinson’s family that have supported me for so many years. I’m very thankful to be leading a great planning committee whose primary goal is to encourage PLWP, as well as people with other disabilities and regardless of age to train for our cycling event. For anyone of full health and mobility, celebrate your good fortune with our routes specifically with you in mind. Know that everyone’s participation and fundraising will help towards the research goals of Parkinson Canada.
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 regulations and PEI's reopening plan.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, visitors to PEI will need to apply for the PEI pass. You can apply for a pass here.
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|Type:||Recreational — Trail|
|Start Time:||SEP 25 AT 8:30 AM – SEP 26 AT 8 PM|