Here are some questions that we’re often asked about Bells on Danforth. If your question isn’t answered here, please email us or leave a comment at the bottom of this page.
1) Is it safe for children?
Yes! Bells on Danforth is a family event and we encourage parents to ride with their children of all ages. We have a police escort and several additional ride marshals to keep riders together in one big group and eliminate conflicts with other traffic.
2) How fast does the ride go?
The group travels at a leisurely pace and you’ll almost certainly have no difficulty keeping up. Young children who aren’t able to ride longer distances at a slow but steady pace will enjoy the ride in a bike seat or trailer, or on a trail-a-bike.
3) I can’t ride the entire distance. Can I join along the way or drop out early?
Absolutely. We’re happy to have you along for as much of the route as you and your family wish to ride. If you want to join us along the way, just wait for the group on the south side of Danforth anywhere along the route. We don’t know exactly when we’ll be coming along, so your best bet is to be in position after 11:00 a.m. You can also use Glympse to track the location of the ride in real time. Either way, you won’t be able to miss us as we ride by.
If you want to drop out of the ride early, just inform the ride marshals at the end of the group that you’re dropping out, then safely pull over to the curb at a convenient spot. If you don’t tell the marshals why you’re stopping, they’ll stop with you. We recommend pulling over near a subway station, public park, or intersection with a quiet side street.
4) How do I get back home from the end of the ride?
We will have an escorted return ride back. We may follow a different route back home and won’t have a police escort, but marshals will lead the group back west toward Logan Avenue. If your home is along the way, just drop out of the group with a wave when you turn into your neighbourhood.
You can also take your bike onto the TTC for a subway ride back home. Victoria Park subway station is a quick ride on a quiet residential street away from the end of the ride.
5) Is it really fun?
Of course! But don’t take our word for it, come to Withrow Park on ride day and find out for yourself!
This year was my first ride with Bells on Danforth. My two nieces joined me and we had a wonderful time. Thank you for organizing such a nice event. The marshalls and police escort made it feel better. Thanks.