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The Rules

Check with your physician

Check with your physician before beginning this, or any other, exercise program. Address any medical concerns you may have well before the ride. Make sure you submit a completed medical form well in advance of Packing Day (included in the Rider or Crew Waiver Package).

Waiver and Agreement

Each Participant is required to sign the 2016 Rider/Crew Agreement and Waiver. Signed copies must be sent or brought to the PWA Office. Forms are included in the Rider and Crew Waiver Packages accessed from the "Downloads" page.

How to qualify

  1. All riders must complete the mandatory training rides:
    1. A 50 km ride;
    2. A 90+ km ride; and,
    3. Two 90+ km rides, back-to-back (6-Day Riders).
    Please refer to the bikerally.org Calendar for the qualifying ride deadlines.
  2. All NEW riders must attend the following three seminars or clinics:
    1. New Participant Orientation Session;
    2. A Mechanical! The Hands-on Flat-Fix & Roadside Repair Clinic; and,
    3. A Cycling Skills Clinic.
  3. All Riders and Crew must attend the BIG Meeting.
  4. All Riders must have reached their $2,500 (6-Day Riders) or $650 (1-Day Riders) fundraising minimum by June 30, 2016.

Fundraising minimum and deadline

Each rider must meet the fundraising minimum by June 30, 2016. Riders who do not achieve the minimum have the option to pay the remainder of their balance on credit card or by cash, certified cheque or money order. Please note that the Friends For Life Bike Rally does not transfer donations between Riders or Crew Members.

We encourage you to shoot for the sky and set your own personal fundraising goal. the average amount raised per 6-Day Rider last year was $3,500, many Riders approached the $5,000 mark and more than 60 Riders (the most ever) shot past the $6,000 threshold!

Browse the Fundraising section for ideas, pledge forms and more.

Rules of the Road

Sharing public roadways is not a right – it’s a privilege. By law, bicycles are classified as vehicles and as such are subject to the same laws. Careless cycling not only creates a bad impression of cyclists in general, it leaves spectators with a negative impression of the Friends For Life Bike Rally.

The Rules:

  • Helmets and bells are mandatory on PWA’s Friends For Life Bike Rally.
  • Never change lanes without shoulder checking. Tuck your chin into your shoulder (as opposed to turning your whole head) to keep the bike in a straight line.
  • Ride in an orderly straight line in single file to allow for cars or other cyclists to pass you safely. Keep your hands, wrists and elbows relaxed to prevent swerving. Focus your eyes about 20 feet ahead to provide enough time to make smooth corrections in case something is in your way.
  • Use hand and verbal signals to make other riders aware of your movements and oncoming obstacles. Refer to Cycling Safety & Etiquette
  • Use caution riding over streetcar and railway tracks, especially in wet weather and dismount to cross these, if asked to do so.
  • Do not ride in the middle of the road. Stay to the right near the curb – if there are parked cars, ride just far out enough to avoid getting hit by opening doors. If there are a series of sewer grates or parked cars, do not weave in between them – drivers may not be ready for your sudden re-emergence in their lane. Instead, ride in a straight predictable line only as far out as you need to avoid such obstructions.
  • Do not run red lights. This includes lights at T-intersections.
  • At stop signs, bring your bike to a full stop, with one foot touching the ground and cross the intersection with caution. Do not coast past stop signs.
  • When stopped at an intersection, line up single file and do not block traffic by bunching up in the right lane. If you are going straight through an intersection with a right turn lane or off/on ramp, shoulder check, signal your intentions, and move into the through lane.
  • Riders are not permitted to use earphones or cell phones while riding. Pull over safely to make calls or send messages. The use of electronic devices utilizing hands-free speakers is permitted while riding

It is every Rider's responsibility to maintain a cycling speed sufficient to arrive at camp by 5:00 pm or the relevant time required for the day (recommended 20 km/hour). Compliance is mandatory to ensure the safety of all Riders. The capacity of Crew to deal with emergencies must be maximized.

Riders are not allowed to leave prior to the official departure from camp on each day unless otherwise indicated. This is to ensure any police escorts are ready, Road Support is in place and there are no last minute changes to the route.

As we have cyclists of varying degrees of experience, we will have a zero tolerance approach to enforcing rules. Non-compliance with any of the rules stated above during the Bike Rally will be reviewed by the Executive Committee and may result in one or all of the following disciplinary actions – verbal warning, written warning or removal or expulsion from the event.

Stick to the route

All Riders must stay on the designated route during the Ride. We recommend you ride with at least one other person so that if there is a problem or you need to go off the route, there is someone who is aware of where you are. All Riders are required to check in upon arrival at the campsite each night. Be sure to slow down for the volunteers and call out your number.

In Case of Emergency

If you run into problems along the route, flag down a Road Support vehicle for assistance or call the Emergency Number on your licence plate 416-933-4957. NOTE: 911 must be called if you are involved in a motor vehicle collision.

Alcohol and Drugs

Under NO circumstances are participants permitted to ride or drive while under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances. The Toronto People With AIDS Foundation staff and PWA's Friends For Life Bike Rally Crew Members, Steering Committee, Team Leaders and Co-Chairs are restricted from facilitating/coordinating the direct supply, sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages to any person during the Bike Rally event or training rides.


PWA’s Friends For Life Bike Rally and Toronto People With AIDS Foundation are welcoming of all people and we do not tolerate discrimination or harassment in any form. If you experience discrimination or harassment during training rides, please contact Trevor Ouellette, PWA Special Events Coordinator (416-506-1400 ext. 238 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or other PWA staff. If you experience discrimination or harassment during the Ride itself, please contact Mike Twamley, PWA Director, Philanthropy & Communications; Trevor Ouellette, PWA Special Events Coordinator; or the Co-Chairs of the Steering Committee. The operational action to be taken in the event of an incident involving harassment or discrimination will depend on the gravity and nature of the situation at hand. In the event of an allegation, Bike Rally Leadership may determine that a Participant be removed from the event.

We are a Green Community

Campground rules

We are staying in public campgrounds so please observe the posted rules pertaining to each campground. In addition, we have early mornings and busy days ahead of us, so please keep any music and noise levels down after 10:00 pm. All campgrounds must be left the way we found them, so do not leave in the morning until you have cleaned up all litter and debris at your site.


Scented products can aggravate health problems for some people – especially those with asthma, allergies or other medical conditions. They also attract bugs! Please respect those who are sensitive to perfumes, scented lotions, hairspray, colognes and other scented products.


Use the designated receptacles for recycling. Please use the plate provided to you and pack your own cutlery and coffee mug -- use them whenever possible to help us minimize unnecessary garbage.


All garbage must be placed in the appropriate receptacles. Do not litter under any circumstances!


All of the campsites along the route have shower facilities, however these are limited. Aside from the long wait for a shower, excessive use from 300+ Riders and Crew showering has a negative impact on our environment. We ask that if you do use one of the shower facilities, please keep your shower under five minutes. Please use bio-degradable soap and shampoo.

Speaking to the Media

As Bike Rally Participants, we are all unofficial spokespersons for the Bike Rally in all of our conversations. At all times, we must represent ourselves and the Bike Rally professionally.

The Steering Committee Co-Chairs, Media & Communications Committee Leads, Murray Jose (PWA Executive Director) and Mike Twamley (PWA Director, Philanthropy & Communications) are the official spokespeople for the Bike Rally. Only the official spokespersons, or their designate, may speak on behalf of Toronto People With AIDS Foundation and/or PWA’s Friends For Life Bike Rally.

Leading up to and during the Bike Rally you are very welcome to speak with the media. However, we ask that you speak only to your experience, your feelings, and your personal story. If you do make contact with a member of the media, you must notify PWA Staff or one of the Co-Chairs or the Media and Communications Committee. They will follow-up and ensure that we can fully capitalize on the media contact and get the messages out to the widest number of people.

Thank you for helping us spread the word!

Last Updated on Sunday, 05 June 2016 09:06


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