Officers ride their bikes in downtown Toronto.

Metrolinx Transit Safety officers hit the road for memorial ride

The nation marks a solemn weekend of tribute and remembrance, as bike riders honour fallen officers.

Sep 26, 2020

Every day, Metrolinx Transit Safety officers lace up boots and step out to serve the public and protect the peace across a vast network of rails and stations.

Today, a group of those officers are putting their feet down – on the pedals of bicycles – in the memory of fallen police and peace officers. As part of a national Police Ride to Remember, eight Transit Safety officers, along with a former special constable, will bike a route that mirrors the Lakeshore East and West rail lines – starting at Aldershot GO at 8:30 a.m. today (Sept 26) and arriving at Oshawa GO station after 3 p.m.

Riders pass below a GO train moving on tracks above.

Members of the Metrolinx Transit Safety team ride in Toronto, under a GO train moving on the tracks above. (Brenton Hoffman photo)

This is a modified version of past years, which – prior to COVID-19 – normally had officers riding a 790 km. route from Aylmer to Ottawa.

The main purpose of the events, says Metrolinx Special Constable Brenton Hoffman, a member of Metrolinx’s K9 Unit who helped organize today’s Metrolinx ride, is to: “Honour fallen officers – remembering them as heroes in life not death.”

Officers ride their bikes in downtown Toronto.

Members of the Metrolinx Transit Safety team approach Union Station during a past ride. (Brenton Hoffman photo)

That includes a nod to the families of officers who have died on the job.

“We hope things will be back to normal for (the) 2021 Ride to Remember, and we can join the 200-plus riders in the normal format on the four day riding event to Ottawa,” says Hoffman, a ten year veteran of Transit Safety.

Moving ahead to honour the fallen – Metrolinx Transit Safety officers hit the road today for Ca...

Officers, during a past ride, pause and pose on Parliament Hill. (Brenton Hoffman photo)

The Transit Safety team of riders come from varied biking backgrounds – some ride all year long, while others dust off their bicycles just for this event. They’ll be trailed by a support vehicle.

To learn more about the cause, and other events, just click here.

And to read about the Canadian Police and Peace Officer’s Memorial, go here.

And if you see the Transit Safety officers on their 120 km. ride today, give them a safe amount of space and perhaps a wave, as they’re moving forward so past sacrifices are not forgotten.