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Sunshine Coast Slow Food Cycle 2024

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Join us for TraC’s 2nd annual

Sunshine Coast Slow Food Cycle

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Grab your favourite people-powered wheels and get ready for a great day of exploring our local farms and enjoying the bounty our local food producers and artisans have to offer!   Last year’s event was a huge success and this year we’re excited to announce more vendors offering a wider range of locally grown produce and artisanal prepared food and refreshments. Bring a backpack or panniers because you’ll want to stock up on delicious offerings that you can enjoy as a picnic at one of the stops along the way or bring home for future meals.

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Event Details

Date

Time

Location

Who's it for

What

Cost

July 28th, 2024

Ride 11am-4pm, afterparty @ Persephone 4pm-7pm

At participating farms and other venues located in Upper Gibsons from Lower Road stretching to Chamberlain Road, just past Persephone on North Road.

TraC members and anyone else who wants to join in on the fun! This is a family-friendly event for all ages and abilities and e-bikes are welcome.

16 participating venues invite you to come explore their locally grown and prepared foods and other artisanal goods on the Coast. The route contains ~20km of easy riding with less than 100m elevation. Highlights include:

  • Scavenger hunt

  • Farm animal visits

  • Food truck

  • Fresh produce (some organic)

  • Two cideries, one distillery, beer farm

  • Food samples

  • Garden maze

  • Artisanal goods, etc. 

$15 (TraC members)

$20 (not-yet TraC members)

Kids 18 and under ride free

SPOTS LIMITED - REGISTER SOON

Last year's event sold out and we expect this year's to do the same. Book your spot now to make sure you don't miss out!

Same-day sign-up available at Persephone starting at 11am

IMPORTANT

  • Registration is required and can be done online OR at Persephone Brewing (1053 Stewart Rd., Gibsons, BC) between 11am and 4pm
     

  • Participants will be sharing the road with cars – this is not a closed course. Rules of the road apply and helmets required.
     

  • Two managed road crossings will be available for spots to keep cyclists safe when crossing busy roads. We highly encourage everybody to use these supervised crossings and watch out for each other on the roads.
     

  • Digital/PDF map will be available and will be emailed to participants before the event.
     

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After the Ride

Join us from 4-7 at Persephone for music, drinks, chats with friends and some well-deserved helmet hair

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Monty Montego &
the Rocksteady Crew

PERSEPHONE GARDEN STAGE

2:30-4:30

Brothers in Farms

PERSEPHONE GARDEN STAGE

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Highlights from 2023

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Why join the Slow Food Cycle?

Because it’s super fun! And because it helps you feel like you’re part of a wider cycling community while supporting our local farms and food producers. 

 

The purpose of the Sunshine Coast Slow Food Cycle is to support local food and beverage producers and increase awareness of agricultural enterprises here on the coast while promoting the use of bicycles as a healthy and sustainable form of transportation.

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Founding Sponsor

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Third-Gear Sponsors

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Frequently Asked
Questions

Can I walk or ride my scooter or other form of sustainable micromobility? 

Yes, although you may find it takes a long time to cover any of the available routes by foot! But so long as your mode of transportation is “single person sized” and electric or human-powered, we welcome your participation.

What kind of food will be available at participating venues?

Food offerings will differ from farm to farm depending on what is grown at each location, but you can expect to find fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables, and mushrooms as well as some prepared foods (at the Shortcut food truck, for example) – and an incredible selection of cheeses at the Fromagerie De Baie!

If we’re coming from the ferry, can we get a ride up the steep hill leading to upper Gibsons? 

Yes, we will be offering rides up the hill to people who pre-book and pay $5 in advance to reserve their ride. We’ll send out more info about this in future emails to registered participants. If you have any questions about this, please email heather.anderson@transportationchoices.ca.

Do I have to register to participate?

Yes, registration is required. As part of our efforts to keep everybody safe, we require all participants to read and sign our rider waiver to ensure you have all of the necessary information needed to participate in the event.

Can I drive my car instead?

Can I ride my e-bike?

Yes, absolutely! We welcome e-bike users to participate. As with any situation where e-bikes and non e-bikes are riding together, we ask that all participants remain conscientious of their speeds and passing distances for the well-being of all road users.

This is an event to promote active transportation so we would ask you not to drive as part of this event for safety reasons. There will be hundreds of cyclists on the roads where vendors are located that day and it would be better to keep cars separated from all those bikes as much as possible. 

 

We ask motorists to watch out for the hundreds of cyclists on the roads in upper Gibsons during the event and exercise patience and caution when they encounter cyclists.

What kind of safety measures will be in place to protect cyclists? 

We will have two managed crossings to help cyclists cross high-traffic areas. These crossings will be when crossing Highway 101 at the Roberts Creek turnoff (Hwy 101 at Highland Road) as well as at the intersection near Persephone (Hwy 101 at North Road/Stewart Rd).

 

We will also have volunteer cyclists patrolling the routes to help people find where they’re going and ensure that cyclists all follow the rules of the road. As well, safety and info contact numbers will be supplied to all participants and the local authorities will be alerted to our event.

Is this event safe for young children? 

This is a family-friendly activity and we encourage you to bring your children if they are experienced bike users or are being transported in a bike trailer or child seat on an adult bike. Most of the venues are on country roads, with some accessible only by riding through the town of Gibsons or for a short ride on the 101 highway just outside of town. Just be aware that ⚠️ participating cyclists will be sharing the roads with cars ⚠️, so only bring your kids if you’re comfortable with having them on bikes with larger vehicles driving past.

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The Sunshine Coast Slow Food Cycle is brought to you by TraC, a local member-based active transportation group.

TraC’s mission is to support healthy communities and reduce the Sunshine Coast’s carbon footprint by promoting more active and sustainable transportation alternatives to private vehicles, including cycling, walking, and transit. 

 

If you care about making it easier for all Sunshine Coast residents to get to where they’re going without always having to use a car, please consider becoming a member! 

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