July 7, 2015 3:25 pm
Updated: July 9, 2015 8:33 am

Cyclists and art lovers converge on Pan Am Path for guided tour this weekend

Art installations are pictured along the Pan Am Path on the Lower Don River trail, July 8, 2015.

Adam Frisk, Global News
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TORONTO – Cycling and art enthusiasts alike will be able to take in a free, guided tour of murals and installations along the Pan Am Path this weekend.

“SHIFT,” the next leg of the Pan Am Path Art Relay, takes place on Sat. July 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. ET.

Art installations are pictured along the Pan Am Path on the Lower Don River trail, July 8, 2015.

Adam Frisk, Global News

Starting at Taylor Creek Park, ending at the Eco Art Festival near Todmorden Mills, cyclists will ride along part of the city’s 80-km multi-use trail. Stops along the way will include art installations and murals that explore the theme of diversity, including a mural by Z’otz* Collective and painted benches by the STEPS Initiative.

The event will run rain or shine and participants are asked to bring their own bikes and helmets.

Art installations are pictured along the Pan Am Path on the Lower Don River trail, July 8, 2015.

Adam Frisk, Global News

For more information on “SHIFT” visit East End Arts.

The Art Relay runs until Aug. 15, 2015 with events scheduled along the Pan Am Path.

It was nearly two years ago that city council approved the cycling and pedestrian path that eventually will form a continuous active living path through the GTA.

As one of the Pan Am Games legacy projects, construction on the path will continue into 2017.

Art installations are pictured along the Pan Am Path on the Lower Don River trail, July 8, 2015.

Adam Frisk, Global News

The region already boasts a number of multi-use trails, however many of them would come to an abrupt end, forcing pedestrians and cyclists to circle back or get on city roads. Much of the construction on the path was to connect those trails, the majority of which already existed.

The goal of the path is to bring together art, community and sport, connecting residents and tourists, all while supporting local businesses. It also means to bridge the urban-suburban divide, forging a direct connection through Toronto from Brampton to Scarborough.

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