If you’re heading into the city on Sunday for Game 2 of the NBA Finals, be prepared because the 32nd Annual Manulife Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart takes place on Sunday. About 13,000 people will take to the Gardiner and DVP to ride and walk, with the goal of raising over $5 million to support heart disease and stroke research. This means the Gardiner and DVP will be closed to vehicle traffic from 2am until 2pm.
“We know and understand that these road closures are an inconvenience, but we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding,” says Joshua Terry, Communications Manager, Heart & Stroke. “Every single person in Canada has been touched in some way by heart disease and stroke. The money and awareness raised at Ride for Heart helps save lives across Canada, so these road closures are a short-term pain for long-term gain.”
To register, sponsor a participant or donate, visit rideforheart.ca.
Road closures on Sunday, June 2:
- The Gardiner Expressway: all ramps closed from the Humber River east to the DVP from 2:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
- The Don Valley Parkway: all ramps closed from Lakeshore Blvd north to Highway 401 from 2:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
An alternative route to use instead of the Gardiner Expressway is Lake Shore Boulevard.
Alternative routes to use instead of the DVP are Bayview Avenue, Victoria Park Avenue, Leslie Street or Don Mills Road.
The public is encouraged to use public transit (TTC and GO) as a convenient option whenever possible. Please be advised that over the June 2 weekend there are a few GO Transit interruptions due to maintenance. GO trains will run hourly on the Lakeshore West line between Union Station and Aldershot GO. Bus service will also replace some Barrie line train service. Be sure to check gotransit.com to plan your route accordingly.
Photo Credit: rideforheart.ca.