Jun 14, 2011

ORILLIA, ON, June 14, 2011 /CNW/ - Friends of The OPP Museum will host a group bike ride open to all cyclists on September 8, 2011, as a fundraiser for the Museum which is located in Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) General Headquarters in Orillia.

"It will be a friendly ride on pavement through the forests and pleasant farmland of Oro-Medonte. Everyone is welcome to join us and support a great cause," says Rod Williams, a retired OPP officer, a friend of the Museum and one of the organizers of the event.

All riders will be expected to raise at least $200 in sponsorships, all of which will go to support The OPP Museum's work preserving and celebrating a unique part of Ontario's history. Tax receipts are available for each donation of $20 or more. Each rider will receive a customized, high-quality cycling jersey to commemorate the event, support during the ride and a celebratory barbecue supper after the ride.

A 50 kilometre route has been laid out vehicle traffic is minimal. An advanced group of cyclists will do the route twice at a fast clip while a more recreational group will do the route once at a slower rate of speed. Leaders familiar with the route will guide the groups and support vans will follow to provide minor repairs, first aid and rider transportation if necessary.

The ride has the enthusiastic support of OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis: "It will be a great opportunity for all of us to get some exercise and fresh air in to our busy lives. I will lead the group away from GHQ on my bike to show my support for the Museum and living an active lifestyle," says Lewis.

Friends of The OPP Museum is a volunteer, charitable organization that supports and promotes The OPP Museum. Funds raised go to projects such as the recent acquisition and restoration of the Temagami, the OPP's first patrol boat which is now on display on the streetscape at OPP General Headquarters.

To help raise awareness of cycling safety, the Friends have partnered with the Share the Road Cycling Coalition, a provincial cycling policy and advocacy organization started in memory of Greg Stobbart, an OPP officer killed while cycling in June 2006.

For more information on the ride, contact Ride Registrar Walter Van Essen at or (519) 393-6123. Alternately, visit the Friends of the OPP Museum web site at to find the event poster, registration form and pledge sheet.

For further information:

For more information about the ride contact: 

Rod Williams, Friends of The OPP Museum

Phone: 705 329-1616

For information about cycling safety contact: 

Share the Road Cycling Coalition
Eleanor McMahon
CEO and Founder
(647) 201-2820