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Police, bikers on Great Northern Road (18 photos)

Saturday, June 14, 2014   by: Darren Taylor

Sault Ste. Marie Police Service officers, on motorbikes, led the way for approximately 90 motorbike enthusiasts heading north on Great Northern Road Saturday morning to begin the Algoma Autism Foundation’s second annual Ride for Autism.

Last year’s inaugural ride included about 80 bikers who, through pledges, raised nearly $5,000 for services to help autistic people, ride organizer Jamie Boston told

“All money goes to the Algoma Autism Foundation and every penny stays local,” Boston said.

While most of the riders were local, two men, one of which runs the Ride for Autism in Ottawa, travelled from the nation’s capital to take part in Saturday’s ride.

“Autism is being more and more understood every day, there’s no cure but we’re definitely moving in the right direction for support services and early recognition of autism,” said Boston, who has an autistic child.

Saturday’s bike route went north to the Searchmont area, then back to the Algoma Autism Foundation’s Family Fun Zone at Runway Park, where a variety of family activities took place.

Admission to Runway Park was free for Saturday’s activities and attractions, which included yoga for kids, free ATV rides for children from Sault Search and Rescue, a dunking booth, mud bogs, booths where children could paint, a fish pond, live entertainment and refreshments.  

“Everybody in the autism community needs help and everybody on the bikes is more than willing to help out, and this is a good way to get everybody together, get the bikes out and enjoy the nice weather,” Boston said.

“There’s lots of support and people to help out and lots of community organizations that are there to lend a hand and give direction.” 

Highland Ford was one of many sponsors for Saturday’s Ride for Autism.


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canadiens_8 6/15/2014 1:57:31 AM Report

What?....No complaints on how police should be doing their job? Is this really sootoday? Wow.
Frio 6/15/2014 6:31:09 AM Report

It must their lucky break for one day of the year.. Still early yet! Notice the motorcycle tour went up the North highway so they could avoid the brown water in the east end and not west to be blinded by the reflection off the "glass palace" on Second line. My guess the usual posters where all at the Algoma University graduation yesterday filled with happiness and positivity!
MYPOINT 6/15/2014 8:27:11 AM Report

I think this is an excellent example of how the police are NOT always the bad guys in this city!

KUDOS to the police who helped in this cause and KUDOS to ALL the bikers and everyone else who helped in any way with this activity!

If I was a betting person, I would almost bet that before this day is out, there will be some comments that are derogatory towards the police by some of the regular posters on this site ( which is sad actually )!

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there ... I sincerely hope you enjoy your special day.

As always, your views may differ :)
dvb 6/15/2014 9:53:42 AM Report

What an awesome event. Glad to be a part of it this year and for many years to come! Great job by Jessie and Jamie Boston (and many others) to make this possible.
THE RELIC 6/15/2014 4:19:11 PM Report

Police officers from both the City and OPP were on hand to ensure that the Ride for Autism proceeded safely throughout the streets and Hiways in and around Sault Ste Marie. They represented their respective services with professionalism and did an outstanding job controlling traffic on two of Sault Ste Marie's busiest streets. I took part in the event and felt that their presence aided in our safe travels as well as really helped with the awareness/acceptance portion of the event. People were waving, clapping and cheering all along the route. Thanks Sault Ste Marie Police and Ontario Provincial Police. Great Job!!! I personally felt a great sense of accomplishment. To see that many riders out to support children with autism was truly heartwarming. The rumble of all those bikes was thunderous. I am proud I participated and cannot wait until next years event. It was also nice to know that the money stays here in the Soo and Algoma. Thats important to me! The Family Fun Event at Runway Park really helped to put into perspective the need for support and how this community rallies around those in need locally! Kuddos to the event coordinators, numerous volunteers and generous business's!
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