Tour de Thorncliffe is the first ever bike-a-thon organized in the Thorncliffe Park neighbourhood. Not only are we raising funds to offer a month-long free camp for local kids with autism, but we’re also celebrating the planned safety upgrades to the Thorncliffe Park bike lanes.
Our community is full of people who want to help. We work to help the people providing services with the people who need them. Come connect with people in new ways.
Decide how far you will ride in the Tour de Thorncliffe and ask people to sponsor you. Complete your distance anytime between July 10th and 24th and then join us at Celebration Central on July 25th for refreshments and recognition. You can ride wherever you like but we encourage everyone to try out the Thorncliffe Park bike lanes. One lap is 2.75 km, making it easy for families with kids to participate. If you are planning to ride:
10 km = 4 laps
25 km = 9 laps
50 km = 18 laps
Century ride (100 km) = 37 laps
Donate to sponsor an individual, team or family. All of the money raised goes to support the operation of the summer camp by Thorncliffe Park Autism Support Network. No donation is too small and all support is greatly appreciated. Note that TPASN is a non-profit and not a charity, so donations are not tax-deductible.
Join us at the kick-off on July 10th
Come out at 10 am in front of 43 Thorncliffe Park Drive to cheer on our early-bird riders!
Celebrate our success on July 25th
Come to Celebration Central at 45 Overlea Blvd. from 10 am to 12 pm for a community bike ride, followed by a victory lap for Tour participants and then refreshments and recognition. Meet the folks from Gateway Bike Hub, Women’s Cycling Network, Thorncliffe Park Autism Support Network, Cycle Toronto, SewTO, and more!
Mission: To act as a bridge between society and families in providing culturally competent and evidence-based collaborative education, support and information sharing to ensure people with disabilities and their families can live their lives as they choose.
Vision: A future where people who experience developmental and other forms of disabilities, and their families, are fully included in their homes, schools, and communities leading to self-determination, independence, productivity, and participation in all parts of community life.
“Last summer, faced with no local programming for kids with autism, the Thorncliffe Park Autism Support Network (TPASN), sprang into action, organizing a free two-week day camp for local children. As TPASN founder, Shakhlo Sharipova, explains, “Programming has been cut during the pandemic and many of our families do not have the means to travel to where autism programs are available. Our camp was a lifeline for these families and so successful that we plan to run it for a month in August.” To operate the camp, which receives no government funding, TPASN has joined forces with the Women’s Cycling Network and the Gateway Bike Hub to raise the money required.The Tour de Thorncliffe combines a fundraising bike-a-thon with a celebration of planned safety upgrades to the Thorncliffe Park Drive bike lanes.” from Leaside Life, July 2021.
Funds are needed to hire qualified educators, purchase materials, provide breakfast, lunch and snacks as well as bring in entertainers who specialize in working with kids with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders The Tour de Thorncliffe combines a fundraising bike-a-thon with a celebration of planned safety upgrades to the Thorncliffe Park Drive bike lanes.