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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

West Toronto Railpath Phase 2 - Tours and call for public input!
anthill on Apr 13, 2014
25 April, 2014 - 18:00 - 27 April, 2014 - 16:00

Hi Ward 19,

We all love the West Toronto Railpath.  Phase 2 south from College to King is being planned now, and needs your help! Regional Architects is planning a series of site tours to explain the plans, challenges, and ask for your ideas:

http://www.regionalarchitects.com/railpathto/

Cheers,

-Antony

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"We invite you to explore the proposed route and help shape what will become Toronto's premiere piece of cycling infrastructure. Join us on a series of guided walking and cycling tours that promise to reveal the landscape of the rail corridor. Guided tours will depart from the Gladstone lobby at:

  • 6PM Friday April 25th - RSVP
  • 1PM Saturday April 26th - RSVP
  • 1PM Sunday April 27th - RSVP

Tours are expected to take approximately one hour and will return to the Gladstone.

Images, objects and stories harvested from the Railpath will be shared as part of the Gladstone Grow Op show and be used to develop the design of the extension. "

 

 

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Ward 19 / 20 Joint Meeting Monday
anthill on Apr 2, 2014
7 April, 2014 - 18:30 - 21:00

Hi Ward 19,

So we thought we'd catch up with our neighbours in Ward 20 - as springtime activities approach, we have a lot of opportunities to work together.

Time: 6:30pm, Monday April 7th  (Ward 20 to arrive at 7pm)

Place: Victory Cafe, 581 Markham St.

We'll try to get "The nook" room reserved so there'll be quiet and room for all of us.

In the first half hour, we can try to get through an item or two of interest to Ward 19 only.  Then we'll move on to collaborative business.

- Ward 19 Communications Strategy:  We have a Twitter account, and a Google Drive, and Google Calendar, plus our existing Facebook.  Now how to coordinate & delegate?

Some items that could be on the 19/20 agenda:

  1. Bike with Mike:  Can we run a tricycle race?  Antony has asked daycares about trikes.  Anyone have any leads?  Gallant Bicycles guy will attend.  Sam James invited.
  2. Argyle Contraflow Door-to-Door: Kevin to update.  Call for volunteers.
  3. Old Bike Post-and-Ring tag and social media campaign (requested by Layton).  Which street to do?
  4. No Stopping Campaign.  If we agree on the vision & format, need to divide up tasks.
  5. Anyone want to take the lead on Bike Month events? How could we support?
  6. Dovercourt Community Audit April 28th - anyone willing to help residents survey bike needs?
  7. More?
Harbord St. New City Consultation
anthill on Mar 27, 2014
27 March, 2014 - 16:00 - 20:00

Hi Ward 19/20:

The City has revised their proposed Harbord St. bikeway design, and there's a lot of changes.

Instead of protected bi-directional cycle tracks, the City is now proposing standard painted uni-directional bike lanes, with parked-car protection where the street is wider.

Learn more here

The new proposal is a clear improvement over the door-zone sharrows on Harbord today. It would set precedents for narrower car lanes on future bikeway projects.  And it will avoid the intersection conflicts that a bi-direcitonal path would risk. But it will not be the protected bike lanes that Council called for.

Come out to the consultation this evening and see for yourself:

Thursday, March 27, 2014
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Kensington Gardens, 45 Brunswick Ave.
North Building, Multi-Purpose Room

-Antony

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Contra Flow 4 - Richmond St. Extension west of Bathurst!
anthill on Mar 12, 2014
18 March, 2014 - 16:00 - 21:00

See below for yet another public consultation from the City, next Tuesday March 18th.

 

This proposal is a little "extra" that Councillor Mike Layton and Christina Bouchard at Transportation Services have been working on. It will complement the Richmond-Adelaide bikeways.

Have a look, and consider if we should ask for accommodation on Adelaide St. west of Bathurst as well, possibly around the north side of Portugal Square?

Cheers, hope to see you there!

-Anton

Contra-flow Bike Lane on Richmond St., west of Bathurst St and Southbound Bike Lane on Bathurst St. between Richmond St. & Adelaide St.

The City of Toronto is proposing to install two new bike lane connections in the Richmond and Bathurst area:

Richmond Street:
A contra-flow bicycle lane west of Bathurst Street, to allow cyclists to legally travel in both directions, while maintaining one-way only for motorists
Bathurst Street:
A bicycle lane between Richmond Street and Adelaide Street, to allow eastbound cyclists to connect from Richmond Street to Adelaide Street

We invite you to join us at a public drop-in event, where you can view information materials and speak with the project team. Details are as follows:

Tuesday, March 18, 2014. 4 to 9 p.m.
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street

Ward Meeting Monday!
anthill on Mar 5, 2014
10 March, 2014 - 18:30 - 20:30

It's time for our ward meeting, 2nd Monday of the month, same time & place:

 

Monday March 10th

6:30pm-8:30ish

Butler's Pantry restaurant (591 Markham St, south of Honest Ed's)

 

There's so much going on it's hard to narrow down an agenda - please comment and send in your own items!  Some things:

 

1) (More) Contraflow projects:

 - Argyle proposal east of Ossington is poor - contraflow lane disappears.  Propose some solutions fast!  Mike Layton suggests going door-to-door.

 - Stephanie proposal - out of our ward, but how to pressure city to get a proper Simcoe and Peter connection south to Richmond-Adelaide and the waterfront?

 - Richmond St. West of Bathurst - new consultation coming up on the 18th (?)

 - Palmerston possible north of Queen (mostly!)

2) Bike Lane no-Parking project:

 - Feedback from Community Relations Officer meeting on effective tactics

 - collaborate with Ward 20?

3) Winter snow removal - how to improve?

4) Construction standards - update from Mike Layton on some progress

5) Bike Month events - any ideas?

 - "Bike with Mike" event May 25th - should we run a bike wash? tricycle race? let's pick a fun idea.

 - Community Environment Day May 22nd in Fred Hamilton park - should we book a table?

Contraflow #3 - Lindsey Ave & Havelock St. Tuesday 4th!
anthill on Feb 25, 2014
4 March, 2014 - 18:00 - 20:00

Contraflow Consultation Part 3: Lindsey and Havelock St.!

Just south of Dufferin Grove Park, they're a link in the best available east-west connection between the Railpath and Harbord St. Adding a contraflow lane would allow two-way bicycle traffic while maintaining traffic calming for local residents.

More information here

Date: Tuesday March 4th, 2014
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: New Horizons Tower – Auditorium
1140 Bloor Street West

Once again, it's crucial to have a good showing of cyclists at the meeting. We need at least 2 people, so if you're available to attend, please email ward19@cycleto.ca so we can be sure to have representatives.

Cheers, can you tell it's an election year?

-Antony

Contraflow #2 - Phoebe, Stephanie, Soho Public Consultation Thursday 6th!
anthill on Feb 25, 2014
5 March, 2014 - 16:00 - 21:00

Hi Ward 19, it's Contraflow Consultation week! On top of the Argyle Contraflow meeting this Thursday, there's two more public consultations happening next week that need your support!

First up: Phoebe, Stephanie and Soho, side streets just north of Queen St. that connect McCaul, John, Beverly and Spadina Ave.

Date: Thursday, March 6

Time: 4 to 9 p.m.

Location: Alexandra Park Community Centre, 105 Grange Crt. (follow Grange Ave. west of Spadina Ave.)

More details here

It's crucial that we have a good showing of cyclists at the meeting to show public support for side-street connections in the downtown West End.

We need at least 2 people, so if you're available to attend, please email ward19@cycleto.ca so we can be sure to have representatives.

Cheers, part 2 coming,

-Antony

Invitation to ward advocates: Thursday Feb 27, 6-8pm - What's New with Bikes and Schools
Kristin Schwartz on Feb 19, 2014

Greetings ward advocates - I coordinate the Bike to School Project with Cycle Toronto, CultureLink and our partners. Many times I've been asked by cycling advocates about how to "involve students" or "connect with schools".

To help answer this question, I've worked with Jared to organize an event on Thursday Feb 27 at CultureLink (Dundas West and Bloor). Our presenters are from neighbourhoods across Toronto. They will share stories about successful collaborations that advance cycling and we'll have time for breakout groups as well to plan and brainstorm in a more focused way. All the details are here:

http://cycleto.ca/event/2014/01/17/whats-new-bikes-and-schools

and you can register here: http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/whats-new-with-bikes-and-schools-in-toronto-registration-10426992415

Hope to see some of you there!

Kristin Schwartz

P.S. I know it's the same date and time as the Argyle meeting - unfortunately we had booked this long before that meeting was publicly announced. Go Argyle contraflow! Did you know that students at Central Commerce Collegiate wrote letters and deputed for the Shaw Street contraflow lane? It all helps!

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Argyle Florence Contra-Flow Public Meeting
anthill on Feb 18, 2014
27 February, 2014 - 18:00 - 20:00

Hi Ward 18,19,20,

Contra-flow lanes on Argyle need one last push.

If you live in the High Park - Trinity-Bellwoods corridor and want a safe, effective alternative to the streetcar-track-car-door conditions on Queen and Dundas, now is the (hopefully final) time to come out and support side street contraflow lanes.

Councillors Bailao and Layton have called another public meeting for next Thursday (27th).  Please come out and show your support.  Car parking will, as always, be the source of most concerns.

See the attached flyer.  Hope to see you at Alexander Muir / Gladstone public school!

-Antony Hilliard

Ward 19 Captain

Monday Night Meeting, 10th February 6:30pm
anthill on Feb 6, 2014
10 February, 2014 - 18:30

Hi Ward 19!

Hope you are all doing well in the winter.  Lots on the go as spring approaches. Our meeting this month is at the same place, since everyone seems to be enjoying it:

Monday Feb 10th

6:30pm

Butlers' Pantry Restaurant (just southwest of Honest Eds)

An agenda we could discuss:

* Last month's meeting with Mike Layton: Contraflow, Construction, etc.

* Our "No Stopping" in bike lanes campaign - how to run?  Fake tickets?

* Our "More Contraflow" campaign - Is Palmerston an option?  What to propose to Mike?

* "Bike with Mike" event May 25th.  What to do? Partner with Chocosol?

* More?

Post a comment with extra ideas for topics to discuss.  Looking forward to seeing you there,

-Antony

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