FAQs

Q: Where is the event?
A: The 2017 Cycle for Autism will be held at Gold Bar Park (10955 - 50 Street, Edmonton, AB). Click the image below to open in Google Maps.
  • Gold Bar Park is located on the south side of the North Saskatchewan River, east of Wayne Gretzky Drive and north of 101st Avenue.
  • Follow 50th street north until you see the Gold Bar Treatment Plant, turn right at Gold Bar Park Road (going east) and continue on to the parking lot at the end of the road.
  • Additional venue information can be found on the City of Edmonton website.
     
Q: What time do I have to be there?
A: Registration begins at 9:00 AM, along with some fun activities to get the day started. The ride begins at 10:00 AM. All teams MUST be checked in before 10:00 AM.
Q: What do I need to bring with me to the Cycle for Autism?
A: Please bring:
  • Your form package (registration/waiver/pledge sheet) and any cash or cheques collected.
  • Your helmet if you are riding a bike, scooter or skateboard.
  • Cash for donations/transit/misc. as there are no ATMs on-site. 
  • **All forms & pledges need to be dropped off at registration upon check-in.**
Q: How long are the routes?
A: We have three different routes this year:
  • Traditional Loop – 1.0 km
  • Extended Loop – 1.5 km
  • NEW: Challenge Loop – 3.5 km
(Distances are approximate, so your own pedometer may read differently.)

Riders are welcome to repeat the loops more than once if they’d like – just keep in mind that the course will close at 11:00 AM. Click the route map below for a full-sized version.

Q: How can people pledge/donate to my team?
A: Pledges can be made:
  • Online through our donation page (pledge to a team or make a general donation)
  • By cash or cheque to any Cycle for Autism team member (payable to Autism Edmonton - please note the Team's name on the cheque)
Q: Where can I find more pledge forms?
A: Download a PDF copy of the registration/pledge form by clicking here. The pledge form is on the 2nd page. Print or photocopy this page if you need more room to track your pledges.
Q: Why do I have to wear a bike helmet?
A: To ensure the safety and enjoyment of everyone at the event, all participants with bicycles, scooters or rollerblades will be required to wear a helmet and adhere to the rules of the road, with no exceptions. You are required by law to wear a helmet while riding your bike in the City of Edmonton. 
Q: Will the event take place if it rains?
A: Yes. Rain or shine, we will be at Gold Bar Park on Sunday, June 4th, 2017. Please dress appropriately for the weather!
Q: Is the route paved?
A: Yes, all the routes are paved.
Q: Are there any tips or tools I can use for fundraising?
A: Here are a few ideas that might help you to amplify your efforts:
  • We’ve created an email template for fundraising that you can personalize and share.
  • Share through your social media! People can donate from anywhere in the world through your team page on the website.
  • Check with your employer to see if they have any kind of gift-matching program (or if they'd like to start one)! 
Q: Are there any prizes for the event?
A: The ride itself is non-competitive, so we won’t be awarding prizes for things like fastest finisher, age group winners, or anything like that. However, we WILL be recognizing:
  • The largest team in attendance at the event
  • The top fundraising team (based on total donations received by Autism Edmonton as of 10:00 AM on Sunday June 4, 2017).
Q: Will any food be provided?
A: Yes. This year, we are offering healthy and fun snacks for all participants and volunteers (bagels, yogurt, fruit, granola bars, small treats, etc.) as well as beverages including water, coffee, juice and more.
Of course, you're also welcome to pack a picnic and enjoy the afternoon in the park with your team and/or family following the event!
Q:  Will there be any other activities or entertainment?
A: Yes! There will be some fun activities on site, including sensory activities and a bouncy castle. We’ve got a face painter coming, along with Choo-Choo the Clown and his amazing balloon antics… and we heard that the one-and-only Spiderman is planning to stop by too!

There will also be a small resource fair with organizations that may be of interest to people living with autism, where they can speak with staff and learn even more.

Q: Is it possible to make changes to my team online? Can I add/remove team members?
A: Team Leaders are able to add or remove members, or edit their information, through their Team page on the website (however, individuals are not able to add or remove themselves). Team Leaders can also make changes to the write-up or pictures posted on your Team's profile.

Team Leaders are unable to change their team name or profile page URL on the site. If you'd like to change either one, please fill in our online contact form and we'll be able to make the change for you.

Q: Can I switch my route if I change my mind?
A: Yes! Routes can be changed at any time before the event by editing the participant's information on your Team page. The Team Leader in charge of administrating your page is the only one who will be able to make this change.
Q: What else do I need to know?
A: Have fun!! This fundraiser is a non-competitive and relaxed event, meant to give families and individuals with autism a chance to be themselves, connect with each other and meet other people in their community!
 
Charitable Registration Number 107282055RR0001