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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

Skills-Swap for Ward volunteers: RSVP for 2 spots tonight!
herb on Sep 16, 2013

Cycle Toronto has organized a Skills-Swap for ward volunteers and we need to fill two spots for Ward 19. The Skills-Swap will provide an opportunity for ward advocates from across the city to meet, exchange tips and strategies, and for ward volunteers to expand upon their skills. Starting off with a keynote by Cycle Toronto founder Dave Meslin and ending with a Post-Swap Party, it will be a great day!

Email me TONIGHT at ward19@cycleto.ca if you're interested!

To ensure representation from all wards, we are reserving two tickets per ward group. We still have space for two people from Ward 19 to attend. If you're interested and able please let me know. If more than two people want to attend - then the last to respond will go on the waiting list.

Sorry for the late announcement: the signup went to regular ward volunteers first but now I'm opening it up to the whole ward 19 group.

Include in your request to attend: 1) any dietary restrictions, and also 2) a sentence or two about an idea for one ward campaign or project you’d like to develop through the Skills-Swap.

When: September 28th 2013; 9:45am-4:00pm

The cost is $10 but a limited number of bursaries are available to cover the $10 if this cost is prohibitive

Hope that you can make it - should be a good day to learn from each other!

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Queen St. W. Bike Parking Pilot Project
dgsimmons on Sep 13, 2013

The City of Toronto is conducting a bike parking study on Queen St. West between Bathurst and Dufferin. Starting in August and through September, they are installing new types of bike parking infrastructure, including corrals and covered multi-bike racks, with pre- and post- usage surveys. The various types will be tested and evaluated, and lessons from this study will be used while planning future projects elsewhere in the city. 

For more information:

http://www.toronto.ca/cycling/queenstreetstudy/pdf/draft2_bike_parking_study.pdf

http://www.toronto.ca/cycling/queenstreetstudy/index.htm

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Ward Meeting, September 9, 6:30pm
herb on Aug 23, 2013
9 September, 2013 - 18:30 - 20:00

Our next Ward meeting will be September 9 at CSI Annex, 6:30pm. Meeting room to be determined.

For this ward meeting we welcome Ward 20 members to join us. The agenda will cover items relevant to Ward 19 and 20.

Tenative agenda:

  • Meeting with Layton - things to discuss (Lakeshore/Strachan, Harbord, cyclist-activated buttons)
  • Campaign to restart Bloor EA
  • Harbord Proposal and Petition
  • Railpath connection through CAMH

I encourage more items of concern for Ward 19 and 20!

Ward 19 meeting, July 29, 6:30 at Butler's Pantry
herb on Jul 28, 2013
29 July, 2013 - 18:30 - 20:00

Come out for our Ward 19 get together at Butler's Pantry on Markham Street, south of Bloor. We'll enjoy our company, food, drink and discuss cycling issues for Toronto west. Our agenda includes:

  • Minutes from previous meeting & Action Items 
  • Bloor pilot project idea
  • Harbord project 
  • Strachan & Lakeshore 
  • Bike Parking update
  • Me yammering on about trip and biking in Vancouver 

Hope to see you there! 

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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.

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