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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.

Ride on!

Ward News

Winding down Wards 19, 20, 27 & 28 joint ward meetings
rajbharati on Jun 14, 2013

 

Since early 2012, the ward advocacy groups from wards 19, 20, 27 and 28 have been meeting regularly, primarily to push for the completion of a network of separated bike lanes in downtown Toronto (see http://www.toronto.ca/cycling/network/downtownupgrades/).  We've made amazing progress in moving this proposal forward, including the installation of the city first cycle tracks on Sherbourne Street (finally!). As for the rest of the network, the southern portion of Sherbourne should be completed next year, we can be fairly confident that the Wellesley lanes will be installed in the coming two years,  the planning process continues for the Harbord-Hoskin and Beverley-St. George portions, and an environmental assessment is underway for the Richmond-Adelaide piece.  As we discussed at our last meeting, now that the various portions of the network are in the implementation stages, the time has probably come for us to wind down our joint ward meetings (at least formally).  We don't want people to get "meeting-ed out" or to duplicate efforts.  But this definitely shouldn't be the end of joint ward meetings!  One thing we've learned is how valuable it is to have the combined ideas of energy of lots of people in one room.  We should all join multiple ward groups (any ward you cycle through!) to spread good ideas, and ward captains shouldn't hesitate to organize joint ward meetings on an issue-basis, whenever the need arises.  In keeping with that, let's keep our next meeting on July 23 (and we might even invite more wards!).For those interested in the Richmond-Adelaide cycle tracks, Cycle Toronto has started a working group.  As the name implies, this is not a discussion group but a group that's putting a lot of time, effort and thinking into to ensure this key piece of cycling infrastructure gets built. If you want to join the effort, contact Jared Kolb (jared.kolb@cycleto.ca).  Their next meeting is June 17.Thanks everyone, ride on! 

 

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Ward 19 and Cycle Toronto Win! Bike racks being installed along Queen Street
herb on Jun 13, 2013

Duncan Hurd snapped a photo of one our new bike racks at Queen and Northcote! More to come.

These bike racks are a part of an intenstive focus on Queen Street West for more multi-bike racks to supplement the existing post and rings. Most of the bike racks will be on the boulevards - that space between the sidewalk and building - just off of Queen Street. This will add a substantial amount of bike parking in locations where it is currently quite hard to find parking.

This is a major win for Ward 19 and for Cycle Toronto! Last year we submitted a whole spreadsheet of requests to the City's Cycling Unit and to Street Furniture. Jesse Demb of the Cycling Unit noted how our submissions have helped them to figure out where were the locations of highest need. The City hopes to replicate this on other streets with high demand in the coming years.

FREE Cycling Safety Workshop this Saturday!
Captain Sam on Jun 7, 2013

Get safe cycling tips, gain knowledge of rules of the road, and also learn how to fix a flat! If you've attended the Cycling Safety Workshop before, but would like to learn about fixing a flat, you can also come join us at 3pm. Event: FREE Cycling Safety Workshop and Flat Repair Workshop Venue: CultureLink, 2340 Dundas St West, Suite 301, Program Rms A and BTime: 2 - 4pmDate: Saturday, June 8, 2013 This event is held in conjunction with Bike Month 2013 proudly brought to you by Crossways BUG, in partnership with Cycle Toronto and Cycle Toronto's Ward 14 group.  Please widely circulate, and also join us!!!

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Bike Trivia at Handlebar
Dover-rider on Jun 4, 2013
20 June, 2013 - 20:00 - 21 June, 2013 - 02:00

Hi all, here are the event details for the Bike Trivia night at Handlebar. Please find the poster attached and hope all of you can make it. Cheers. 

 

-Brandon Langille

Join us for the Cycle Toronto Ride for Richmond Adelaide Protected Bike Lanes! Saturday June 8, noon
herb on Jun 4, 2013
8 June, 2013 - 12:00 - 14:00

Come join us! We'll be riding in support of protected bike lanes on Richmond and Adelaide. This coming Saturday at St. James Park, at the corner of Jarvis and Adelaide.

We have a unique opportunity to build a long, connected route through the downtown core. Let's not lose it!

Richmond and Adelaide are the most sensible options for protected bike lanes: they could connect east bike lanes on Eastern Ave and Sherbourne to downtown west neighbourhoods; they don't have streetcars and they pass by hundreds of buildings where people are eager to travel safely and stress-free on bikes.

This family-friendly 6km ride will start and end at St. James Park at the corner of Jarvis and Adelaide, traveling east along Adelaide to Sherbourne and then loop back along Richmond. We do our utmost to follow all traffic laws and keep everyone safe. The ride is being organized by Cycle Toronto as a part of our Richmond-Adelaide campaign.

With protected bike lanes young and old are much more eager to take up this healthy activity. New protected bike lanes in New York, Chicago, Vancouver and Montreal are popular with all ages. No more struggling with heavy trucks and speeding cars! Let's start building these in Toronto!

Hope to see you there!

 

Marshals needed: June 8 Ride for Richmond and Adelaide
herb on Jun 3, 2013

Cycle Toronto is seeking volunteers to help marshal this coming Saturday June 8, noon, for the Cycle Toronto Rides for Richmond Adelaide Protected Bike Lanes. It should be fun!

You can contact Herb via ward19@cycleto.ca or Jared.

Your skills:

  • comfortable riding downtown in traffic
  • friendly
  • good communication

We'll need people to help keep the group cohesive and lawful. We'll be starting at St. James Park at Jarvis and Adelaide and the doing a 6km loop through downtown along Adelaide and Richmond. The route is pretty straightforward and as a group it should be a fun and safe ride.

Thank you!

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Ward 19 Meeting tomorrow June 3 6:30pm at Butler's Pantry
herb on Jun 2, 2013
3 June, 2013 - 18:30 - 20:00

I'd like to remind you about our Ward 19 meeting tomorrow night, June 3, at 6:30pm. Instead of CSI, we'll be meeting at Butler's Pantry - they've got a patio so we can get sun, food and drinks.

Our agenda:

  • Harbord Count (Anthony)
  • Richmond Adelaide Campaign & Ride (Herb)
  • Harbord cycle tracks (Herb)
  • Bike with Mike (Melissa/Herb)
  • Bike Month events
  • Joint Ward meetings
  • Any other campaigns catch peoples' fancy?
  • Other business

I hope to you see there!

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Minutes of Joint Meeting Ward Meeting - May 28 2013
rajbharati on May 29, 2013

Thanks to everyone who sloshed over to our meeting yesterday!  Attached are the minutes, in case you couldn't attend and are interested in what we talked about.

Mark the date! Our next meeting will be July 23 at 7 PM, probably at CSI-Annex again.

Happy riding!

Raj

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Reminder: Joint Ward Meeting tomorrow, May 28, 7pm
herb on May 27, 2013
28 May, 2013 - 19:00 - 20:30

A reminder that we have joint ward meeting tomorrow at 7 PM at Centre for Social Innovation - Annex (Bathurst just south of Bloor). Let's meet on the first floor (we'll either be able to get a meeting room or we'll meet outside in the nice weather!)

Agenda will be finalized at the meeting. Includes:

  • Richmond Adelaide Campaign Working Group updates
  • BIXI updates
  • Railpath EA
  • Bike Month events
  • Other updates

The joint ward meeting has been expanded with invitations to wards 13, 14 and 18.

Hope to see you there!  

Herb and Raj

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Volunteers needed for fun Bike with Mike event this Saturday May 25!
herb on May 23, 2013

This Sunday, May 26 is the annual Bike with Mike! Councillor Layton is the most gungho cycling councillor on City Council and has arranged a lot of great groups to celebrate cycling with him.

Volunteers needed! Ward 19 and Cycle Toronto are looking for some volunteers to help with tabling and helping out Layton at the event. Apologies for the late notice; a volunteer is no longer able to attend the avent.

You can reply to this post if you're interested or email ward19@cycleto.ca. I will connect you with Siva from Cycle Toronto so you can pick up a banner, brochures, etc from the office.

A big thanks!

Further info. At Bike with Mike there'll be:

  • on-site basic bike repair
  • artists and bike exhibition
  • children's entertainment
  • BBQ and refreshments
  • community cycling information
  • Toronto Police bike registry
  • bike demos and workshops

Represented: dandyhorse, Urbane Cyclist, Dave Fix My Bike, CultureLink, CBN, Cycle Toronto, Bikes without Borders, Chocosol, Push, Toronto Police, Sweet Pete's, Parachute, Friends of Christie Pits Park, Clay and Paper Theatre, Christie Pits Residents Association, Bike Pirates, Charlie's Freewheels, Mountain Equipment Co-op, BIXI Toronto, Fair Trade Toronto, Evergreen.

Whew!

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