The James Street Trail BUILD A BRIDGE Campaign

Speed River Cycling Club is partnering with the Guelph Hiking Trail Club in a fundraising campaign to BUILD A BRIDGE over the storm water crossing on the James Street Trail. SRCC members designed and engineered this bridge. Please support by contributing to the campaign. It will help make a vital accessibility improvement to this well-used, natural forest trail in Guelph. This trail is an important link for many of our members getting in and out of town on their gravel bikes or on their MTBs going out to the Arkell Spring Ground trails and back.

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The James Street Trail is special! If you don’t know it, it’s a naturalized path along the south side of the Eramosa River, with a central access point one block from Gordon Street. It runs over two kilometres from there to Victoria Road on land owned by the University of Guelph. Keeping the trail accessible to a larger community is significant in preserving the land from sale to developers. It also increases access to the trails along the ridge behind the Turf Grass lands that will be developed in the foreseeable future.

But there’s a serious impediment within the first kilometer of the trail, a storm water crossing that makes it inaccessible to many people and dangerous for all users. It urgently needs a safe crossing.

The Guelph Hiking Trail Club signed a 20-year agreement with the university to manage, improve and insure the James Street Trail for all users. They have negotiated permits from the Grand River Conservation Authority. Our own SRCC members are integral to the fundraising campaign, have successfully secured grants and done the engineering and design. The bridge is a steel beam and wood deck construction with concrete abutments that will last for generations! This is a great opportunity for us to make a contribution in the heart of the city of which we can all be proud. Contribute what you can and we’ll secure a lasting legacy that’s long overdue.

We’re over half-way with the funding for the bridge — please help us get the rest of the way by April 30.

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Thanks for you generous support!

In collaboration with the Guelph Hiking Trail Club

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Sunday Nov 29th, 12 Noon Gravel Ride

Well here’s one for the record books. The weather for this Sunday is looking good – sunny with a high of 7 – so a gravel riding we will go! But it’s still chilly by usual standards, dress appropriately – a later start at noon should help some.

There will be a snack stop in Elmira – the ‘Local Renaissance’ cafe has been confirmed to be open. Bring cash/card and a mask for that.

If the group splits, we will regroup throughout the ride and no one will be left behind. Try loading the course into your bike computer if you have one. RWGPS has lots of on-line help.

Start time: 12 Noon – Mornings are much colder now!

Start location: Guelph Youth Music Centre

Register HERE. Note: All steps in the form must be completed!

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Sunday Nov 8th 11 AM Gravel Ride

The weather for this Sunday’s Gravel ride is looking quite ideal considering last year on this date it didn’t get above zero.

There will be a snack stop in Elora. Bring cash/card and a mask for that.

If the group splits, we will regroup throughout the ride and no one will be left behind. Try loading the course into your bike computer if you have one. RWGPS has lots of on-line help.

Start time: 11 AM – Mornings are colder now!

Start location: Guelph Youth Music Centre

Register HERE. Note: All steps in the form must be completed!

The ride is capped at 15 participants. Once the cap is reached, the registration link will automatically close.

The route:

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Sunday Nov 1st 11 AM Gravel Ride

RIDE CANCELLED – We’ll try this one again next week.

Original Post: The forecast for this Sunday’s Gravel ride is “rain showers or flurries ” – so most likely will not run. Which will give you a chance to sleep in after too many mini Mars bars plus the time change and let you dream of this route running under (what is currently predicted to be) much warmer and better conditions next week.

Cancellation announcement for this ride will be made no later than 10 AM.

There will be a snack stop in Elora. Bring cash/card and a mask for that.

If the group splits, we will regroup throughout the ride and no one will be left behind. Try loading the course into your bike computer if you have one. RWGPS has lots of on-line help.

Start time: 11 AM – Mornings are colder now!

Start location: Guelph Youth Music Centre

Register HERE. Note: All steps in the form must be completed!

The ride is capped at 15 participants. Once the cap is reached, the registration link will automatically close.

The route:

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Sunday Sept 27th 9 AM Gravel Ride – All Members

This Sunday’s Gravel ride will take us south through some places you may not have been before. Weather is looking to be nice and warm with a high of 26 degrees. The start might be coolish – dress appropriately.

We have a rest/re-fuel stop at 45 km at the Danish Place (bring cash/card and a mask). Check out their menu here.

If the group splits, we will regroup throughout the ride and no one will be left behind. Try loading the course into your bike computer if you have one. RWGPS has lots of on-line help.

Start time: 9 AM

Start location: Guelph Youth Music Centre

Register HERE. Note: All steps in the form must be completed!

The ride is capped at 15 participants. Once the cap is reached, the registration link will automatically close.

The route:

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Sunday Sept 6th 8 AM Gravel Ride – All Members

Sunday Gravel Rides will continue into October

This ride will take us to beautiful downtown Floradale. Also through Yatton, Elmira, West Montrose, Winterbourne, Wissenburg and Ariss before returning back to Guelph.

If the group splits, we will regroup throughout the ride and no one will be left behind. Try loading the course into your bike computer if you have one. RWGPS has lots of on-line help.

Start time: 8:00am

Start location: Guelph Youth Music Centre (not the library). Plenty of parking for those arriving by car.

Register HERE. All steps in the form MUST be completed.

The ride is capped at 15. Once the cap is reached, the sign-up form will automatically close.

There will be a refreshments stop in Elmira at the Cafe ‘Local Renaissance’ at 53.5km. Bring cash or card and a mask.

Final call regarding weather cancellation will be made no later than 7am on Sunday morning.

The Route.

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