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Ward 19: Trinity-Spadina

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Ward 19 is just west of downtown and includes Queen West, Little Portugal, Trinity-Bellwoods Park and more, down to the lake.

We meet as a group at least once a month to take action on cycling issues in our Ward.

This page is kept up to date with event notices and meeting minutes.  Email us at ward19@cycleto.ca to find out how to get more involved, follow us on Twitter, and visit our Facebook page.

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Ward News

Strachan Avenue Report, Spring 2011 by Ward 19 Cycle Toronto
herb on Sep 10, 2014

For the record (and so I can link to it on twitter) I'd like to bring your awareness to the 2011 report on Strachan Avenue cycling improvements that the Ward 19 group drafted and sent to Councillor Layton and City staff. The report was very warmly accepted by Layton as being easy to read and easy for him to support and propose in motions to PWIC and City Council. I recommend it as a template for future asks of the City.

This report is a strong reason why the City has now installed a northbound light at Strachan and Lakeshore to make cycling safer and remove the need for a two step crossing at the crosswalk.

I think this report also strongly influenced the installation of lights at East Liberty and Strachan even though we requested a four-way stop.

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Meeting this Monday (Sep 8th)
anthill on Sep 2, 2014
8 September, 2014 - 18:30 - 20:30

Hi all, just a reminder that we're meeting next at the Butler's Pantry restaurant, in Mirvish Village, at 6:30 this Monday.

Very excited to have Samantha Green joining us, she's offered to take on the Ward 20 Captain role.

Minutes from the last meeting are still here, check if you have anything to follow up on!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XwPbexqv5etDf1pq9e20Bb4YmjBuPrt16Mot...

Some items we could discuss:

 * BikeStock September 14th!

 * Ward 20 candidates' debate?

 * Strachan avenue construction

 * Election strategy?

 * Ongoing projects from last meeting.

 * More... ?

 

-Antony

 

News Update
anthill on Aug 27, 2014

Hi Ward 19/20,

Five updates, two on tabling, one on CAMH, one on Metrolinx, one on a Thursday social.

Next meeting still September 8th. Also, be sure to go to Open Streets TO bright and early this Sunday (31st)!

1) We said "no" to the Fort York Common Ground festival Sep. 20th - Kevin could set up a table, but nobody had time to carry on and take down.

2) This Friday morning / evening rush hours, Cycle Solutions is running a tune up tent at the Martin Goodman Trail and Strachan (in part for the CNE traffic).  We have an invitation to appear to hand out Minimum Grid swag.  Anyone interested?  4:30-7:30pm.  Email us at ward19@cycleto.ca

3) Two weeks ago the City consultation department organized a meeting between Cycle Toronto (Herb and I), the City Cycling department (Egan, Saikat), and the CAMH facilities director (Doug).  We walked through the south-west corner of the CAMH campus and discussed better connecting the Adelaide cycle route to the West Toronto Railpath extension.

Outcome: CAMH initially opposed a through-campus south side cycling route (because of their 20-year site reconstruction master plan).  After discussing it with the City, CAMH is more supportive, as long as we support them if they have to close/detour bicycle traffic for a few months at a time in the 2016-2018 range.  However, we're waiting for followup on how much / quickly they can be persuaded to improve the through access.

Given this, I'm not sure how we should proceed - do we wait in the hope that the CAMH administration will act?  Or do we continue to approach cycling-friendly doctors with a "Good news, this is happening" message?

4) I've been exchanging emails with Metrolinx about the (lousy) temporary arrangement on Strachan at the Liberty Village train tracks.  The PR person has responded back with vague excuses, no committment to improve matters, and no timeline to complete the project.  Frustrating.  At least they need to remove the "CYCLISTS DISMOUNT" signage and replace with the "SINGLE FILE TRAFFIC, NO PASSING" sign used at the Dufferin bridge.

The councillor's office is a bit distracted (it being election season and the last meeting) so I'm not sure what to try next.  Any suggestions?

5) I'll be at the HandleBar (in Kensington Market) Thursday for a meet and greet, representing a typical "ward captain".  If you need to renew your membership, stop by to do the paperwork and you'll get a free beer!

Cheers,

-Antony

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Want to plan Advocacy with Cycle Toronto Central?
anthill on Aug 20, 2014

Hi Ward 19/20,

Cycle Toronto's Advocacy Committee is taking applications for new members.  Details here:

http://cycleto.ca/news/2014/08/20/cycle-toronto-advocacy-committee-call-members

This is a great way to make a difference in whole-city advocacy issues (beyond our local Wards).  If you're interested, have a look!

-Antony

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Letter to Metrolinx about Strachan avenue construction
anthill on Aug 12, 2014

Great meeting yesterday everyone!  I'll get the minutes typed up in the next days.  For now, here's the letter I sent to Metrolinx this weekend about the vanishing bike lanes on Strachan.

Haven't got any response yet, perhaps Melissa will have news for us from visiting their community office face-to-face?



Ward 19 <ward19@bikeunion.to>



Aug 9 (3 days ago)





to gts@Metrolinx, Councillor Layton, LVRA, BQNA, FYNA






Dear GO Transit Georgetown community liason,

 

We've been hearing complaints from Ward 19 residents about the

switchover to the new bridge on Strachan Avenue and the lack of

accommodation for bicycle traffic.

 

As you know, Strachan is a crucial north-south cycling connection, the

only one between Roncesvalles and Simcoe, 5 kilometers apart.

 

The Toronto Standard Specifications for Road Works TS 1.00.07.07 reads

"The Contractor shall provide and maintain safe and convenient

facilities for bicycle traffic through the area under construction.

Where a bicycle lane or bicycle path exists within the work area,

temporary facilities shall be provided."

 

The mediocre standard of accommodation has already contributed to two

hospitalizations from collisions in your construction site (

https://twitter.com/JeremyElliott/status/488810245926707200 ). Your

construction hoarding blocks sight lines. Recently, the northbound

cycling lanes disappeared and pinched cycling traffic against bus and

trucks without signage due to badly aligned jersey barriers.

Un-repaired excavation north of Wellington continues to do the same.

 

We would like to know why your construction plan does not accommodate

temporary facilities for cycling traffic, and how long it will take

for you to complete the permanent road arrangement for Strachan

Avenue.

 

Regards,


-Antony Hilliard

Captain, Ward 19 Cycle Toronto

 

 

Save the date: Next Meeting Monday August 11th
anthill on Jul 29, 2014
11 August, 2014 - 18:30 - 20:30

Hi Ward 19/20,

Next meeting will be on the 2nd Monday in August (first is the civic holiday).

6:30pm, August 11th, at the Painted Lady on Ossington

The owner of the Painted Lady chairs the new Ossington BIA, so we figured it would be a nice chance to build a relationship!

You can find details on this, and all our upcoming events on our calendar online:

https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=ward19%40bikeunion.to&ctz=Amer...

 

Best,

-Antony

Open Streets Toronto needs volunteers!
anthill on Jul 28, 2014
17 August, 2014 - 08:00 - 12:00

Hi Ward 19 / 20!

Toronto's Open Streets Pilot Program is happening on Sun Aug 17 and Sun Aug 31 from 8am to 12noon! We're really excited about this!

Open Streets transforms major roads into "paved parks" in cities around the world. In Toronto, pedestrians and cyclists will take over Bloor Street between Spadina and Parliament, and Yonge Street between Bloor and Queen (though cars will be able to cross at major intersections). Some parks and public spaces along those streets will also become "hubs" with open community activities.

Open Streets TO is looking for volunteers. See position descriptions at the link below:

http://secure.eventsonline.ca/events/open_streets_toronto_volunteer/

They suggest that our members would be best suited as Route Rocket volunteers and Intersection Monitors.

If you can't volunteer, please do come out and enjoy the events!

-Antony

 

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Minutes - July 7th, 2014- Ward 19/20 Joint Meeting
the2wheelideal on Jul 11, 2014

Ward 19/20 Joint Meeting

July 7th, 2014

 

Next Meeting 6:30pm, Aug 11th @ The Painted Lady

 

Attendance:

Jason, Melissa, Kevin, Laura, Cliff, Deborah, Samantha, Emily

 

Agenda:

  • Election Season

  • Simcoe

  • No-Stopping Campaign

  • Mashup Map Project

  • Shaw St Door Canvas

  • Push Buttons for Cyclists

  • Dutch Manual of Cycling Guidelines

  • West Toronto Railpath & CAMH

  • Ossington BIA

  • Trinity Bellwoods Park & Bike Wash

  • Ordinance Triangle

  • W20 Meeting with Councillor

 

Minutes:

  • Election Season

    • W20 has many candidates in the upcoming election

    • Unowned Let’s run an all candidates debate for W20

      • Kevin interested in helping

      • connect with CT Election Working Group about this

      • use the #MinimumGrid question card

  • Simcoe

    • The block south of King (outside Roy Thompson Hall) is just sharrows

    • Tour busses are pulling in and out across the sharrows all the time

      • All file complaints with the city about this dangerous section

  • No-Stopping Campaign

    • Unowned montage or video of the lack of enforcement

  • Mashup Map Project

    • this is a great idea!

    • Justin not at the meeting this week

    • Can we get this off the ground?

    • Does Justin need help?

  • Shaw St Door Canvas

    • 5-7pm, July 28th

    • North of Bloor

    • Mike Layton is organizing and doing this anyway

    • Antony and Kevin volunteered to attend

    • Unowned anyone else?

  • Push Buttons for Cyclists

    • Christina Bouchard referred Antony to James Chandler, Manager of Traffic Control

      • James could help move our request for buttons up the ladder

    • Push buttons would be helpful on Shaw St at King, Queen, Dundas, and Dupont

    • Antony wrote a letter about push buttons

      • Antony to share his letter

  • Dutch Manual of Cycling Guidelines

    • possibly use CT ward group funding to buy a copy

    • Antony to ask TPL and UofT Library to buy copies

  • West Toronto Railpath & CAMH

    • Allies at CAMH:

      • Doctor Nick Gamble (CT member, involved with ARC years ago)

      • Sharon Zilinski (CT member, works in Facilities Dept, member of working group on Dupont bike lanes, offered to be a point of contact for anything on the QSW CAMH campus)

    • directions we could take:

      • start CAMH staff letter-writing or petition campaign?

        • Samantha to forward to Antony the letter she sent to CAMH

      • future: set up meeting with CAMH to explain

        • who to include?

        • print large plan views

          • from nearest point on the Railpath to Richmond/Adelaide

          • the CAMH site

      • convince city staff to push for this connection

        • maybe via PWIC

        • Kevin to ask head office where is the best place to start

        • media advisory?

        • public petition?

    • Considering the timeline for Railpath extension and R/A we need to identify this as a priority project

  • Ossington BIA

    • newly established

    • Angela in Mike Layton’s office is talking with OzBIA about coordination with proposed streetscape improvements

    • Head of OzBIA is owner of the Painted Lady

    • We will hold our next meeting at the Painted Lady and invite the head of the BIA

      • Laura to bring ideas from the Cycling Think & Do Tank

      • Emily to contact owner and invite

      • topics for conversation:

        • Argyle - possible parkette in bumpout at Ossington?

        • bike parking

        • how we can help her and the OzBIA?

  • Trinity Bellwoods Park

    • Bike Valet is not happening soon, maybe test something in Sept & Oct

      • Kevin to report back on contact with Brian Greene and HQ

    • Bike Wash!  Tues July 29th!

      • Antony to invite Mike Layton (& mayoral candidates?)

        • and to ask for support from Marco Bianchi, Communications Staffer in Layton’s office

      • Kevin to speak with John Gibson House re setting up in the lane

      • Emily to make signs (can you host a sign making party in the park?)

      • Kevin, Melissa and Antony to promote on social media (fb & tw)

      • Kevin to let Carolyn Wong know

  • Ordinance Triangle

    • Emily, Laura volunteered to help

  • W20 Meeting with council candidates

    • Infra issues to raise:

      • Portland St (possible N/S bike route)

      • Simcoe St (extend north of queen, south of queen see above)

      • Alexandra Park

      • Queen’s Park Circle

      • Harbord/Hoskin

    • Bike Buddies ride with interim Councillor Ceta Ramkhalawanshingh

  • Next Meeting 6:30pm, Aug 11th @ The Painted Lady

 

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Thursday night talk: Cycling and the Local Economy
anthill on Jul 11, 2014
17 July, 2014 - 19:00 - 20:30

Hi all,

The University of Toronto's student bike center, BikeChain, is running a talk this Thursday night on why local business benefits from cycling infrastructure.  Tickets are free!

http://utern.org/wp/july-17th-cycling-and-the-local-economy-hart-house-south-dining-room-free-refreshments-will-be-provided/

It may feature speakers from the Cycling Think and Do Tank, a great research group featuring Cycle Toronto board member Beth Savan.

Cheers,

-Antony

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Ward 18 Condition Survey
anthill on Jul 3, 2014

Captain Liz Sutherland from Ward 18 has asked if any of us 19/20ers who ride through Ward 18 (Ossington to the train tracks, south of Bloor) have an opinion:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KWT3CDF

The survey above asks how you feel about cycling conditions in Ward 18.  They've got 350+ responses already and hope to get to 400!

Click through if you're interested...

-Antony

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