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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

July 23 Joint ward Meeting Postponed
rajbharati on Jul 22, 2013

Hi All,

Tomorrow's joint ward meeting is being postponed.  Stay tuned for rescheduling info!

Raj

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Ward 19 Get together at Butler's Pantry
herb on Jun 25, 2013
8 July, 2013 - 18:30 - 20:30

Ward 19ers, how's your summer going? Interested in meeting other people who are eager to make cycling even better in Toronto? We're having a get together on Monday, July 8, 6:30pm at Butler's Pantry.

There's food and drink and socializing. And we'll be talking about our current ward initiatives, what's going on in the ward, and what else we can be doing.

Hope to see you there!

Richmond-Adelaide Cycle Tracks Drop-in Consultation - Today and tomorrow only!
herb on Jun 25, 2013
25 June, 2013 - 09:00 - 26 June, 2013 - 21:00

Today and tomorrow is the Richmond-Adelaide Drop-in at City Hall! Come by, take a look and tell the City what you think.

The City is hosting a two day drop-in event to introduce this cycle track study to the public. They invite you to view information materials and speak with members of the project team on either days. Details are as follows:

 

Date: Tuesday, June 25 and Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Time: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. – Materials on display
  3 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Project team on site to answer questions
  Tuesday, 6 p.m. – Spoken presentation of the materials
Location: City Hall Rotunda, 100 Queen St. W.

This is the first fully public consultation event. The next one won't be until the fall!

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Looking for deputations for Shaw Street contra-flow bike lanes at Public Works committee
herb on Jun 17, 2013

As you may know contra-flow bike lanes are planned for Shaw Street. Cycle Toronto is hoping for more residents to make deputations at the Public Works Committee this Wednesday (starts at 9:30am).

If you are able to make a deputation that day, send an email to pwic@toronto.ca and say you'd like to make a deputation on item PW24.8 and copy Jared on this info@cycleto.ca so you can chat about how to do a deputation.

Since it's not clear exactly when the item will come up - it might be afternoon by the time it comes up - you may want to check with Jared on the timing if you're unable to be there for the whole meeting.

Also, don't forget to also write public works with your support even if you can't make it! 

Thank you!

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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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