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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.

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Ward News

Ward 19 Minutes from May 6, 2013
herb on May 15, 2013

Present: Melissa, David, Herb

Bike with Mike May 26th, 12-5pm

Bells on Bloor This Saturday 12 noon. Keep an watch out for Antony and Jared. There was some mention of a membership drive if you'd like to help.

Construction Policies Melissa is working again on gathering all the policies on construction as they relate to cycling. There are a lot of different locations for the policies and no one at City is fully aware of all of them.

Strachan Herb noticed that they had fixed the northbound lane so it no longer disappears. After reporting it to Cycling Unit staff and Councillor Layton's office. Win! (Now if they'll just fix the Strachan/Lakeshore intersection.)

Meetings with RAs

  • Antony and Nico met with the TBCA. Since then we've had emails back and forth - they are supportive of the cycling projects. Need to follow up to see if they will follow through and sign letters of support for R/A, Harbord.
  • Herb emailed with Patrisha of NNN. She is supportive and said she'd work on letter of support.

Shaw Street Melissa: Layton's EA said that it will likely happen since there is broad support in the ward.

BIXI Campaign A bunch of ward groups reached out to BIAs and businesses. Sheryl and Herb worked on master list and reached out to some businesses and BIAs in Ward 19. Bloorcourt BIA signed a support letter. Need to reach out to other BIAs for this campaign.

R/A Campaign Working Group Herb's part of it. The first stage is reaching out to RAs and BIAs that border R/A.


Melissa: approach Dufferin Grove RA, Parkdale BIA, Parkdale RA to see if they'd be willing to support R/A, Harbord and BIXI.

David: Christie Pits RA - support R/A, Harbord, BIXI

Melissa: research examples of tree protectors and planters that also make for good bike parking

Herb: promote next meeting to master list for Ward 19

Herb: follow up with Patrisha and Chris of TBCA

Next meeting: June 3, 6:30pm at Butler's Pantry patio - Markham Street.

Bells on Bloor
Captain Sam on May 10, 2013
Repeats every year on May on the second Saturday until Sat May 14 2016 .
11 May, 2013 - 12:00 - 15:00

Bike Lanes on Bloor: Good for You, Good for Toronto, Good for the Environment!

We envision a city where people of all ages, abilities and income-levels can safely bike to work, school and play; where everyone can breathe clean air; and where we all have realistic alternatives to automobile transportation. We believe that streets are for people, and that our public spaces are better used, and our communities healthier and more vibrant, when filled with pedestrians, cyclists, transit vehicles and trees.

Bloor St is the best east/west choice for cyclists in the west end of Toronto. It's flat, direct, long and free of streetcar tracks.

Join us, and help make this vision a reality! Join the annual Bells on Bloor Ride, advocating for bike lanes on Bloor, and call your City Councillor, too!

Who: You!

What: Huge annual group ride down Bloor St W, completely closed to auto traffic, police-escorted and volunteer-marshalled, family-friendly

Where: High Park, Bloor St entrance; rally at Queen's Park South; volunteer-marshalled group ride back to High Park afterward

When: noon to 3pm

Why: Good vibes, free bells

(If your ward group has already made an event post for BoB and would like this one removed, kindly email ward13 {atttt} cycleto {dottttt} ca)

Ward 19 Meeting - Monday May 6, 6:30pm at CSI Annex
herb on May 4, 2013
6 May, 2013 - 18:30 - 20:00

The Ward 19 meeting for May is coming up quickly! Come join us at CSI Annex Coffee Pub on the main level, Monday, May 6 at 6:30pm. Coffee, snacks, good company available!

We'll be discussing:

  • Meetings with RAs, letters of support
  • Bike Month events we're involved in: Bike with Mike, etc.
  • Other events: R/A ride, Street Smarts, Bells on Bloor
  • Check-in on our campaigns for year
  • R/A Campaign working group
  • BIXI Campaign
  • Other biz

Hope you can make it out!

Minutes of Joint Meeting Ward Meeting - April 2 2013
rajbharati on Apr 15, 2013

Hi all,

Attached are the minutes of our recent joint ward meeting (wards 19, 20, 27, 28).  Great to see everyone who came out, hope to see even more of you at the next meeting!

Save the date for the next meeting: Tuesday, May 28.  Probably at CSI-Annex again, but more details to follow.



Community Environment Day - Trinity Bellwoods Park
anthill on Apr 13, 2013
13 April, 2013 - 10:00 - 14:00

Good morning Ward 19!

If your garden needs some compost or you've got some CFLs / electronics to throw out, today's your chance - come down to Mike Layton's Environment Day!

It's at the corner of Dundas and Shaw, in the northwestern corner of Trinity Bellwoods, from 10-2pm.

I'm on my way there now to set up a Cycle Toronto tent & table.  Stop by if you feel like chatting with the neighbors for a bit.  Hope to see you there!


Reminder: Joint ward meeting tomorrow!
rajbharati on Apr 1, 2013

Sorry for the last-minuteness, but just a reminder that we have joint-ward meeting tomorrow at 7 PM at Centre for Social Innovation - Annex (Bathurst just south of Bloor) in Meeting Room 1.

Attached is an agenda.  Consultations for separated bike lanes on Richmond Adelaide start soon, and there's a possibility of BIXI being expanded.  Hope to see you there!  



Minutes from March 25th meeting
anthill on Mar 26, 2013

Hi Ward 19,

Not sure if Nico and I were enough for quorum, but we had the meeting anyhow and stuck around for the Trinity Bellwoods Community Association to appeal for their endorsement of the Shaw St. and Richmond/Adelaide bike infrastructure projects.

No word yet from the TBCA if they've agreed to sign letters of support.

On the four agenda items Herb helpfully suggested (plus two more):

  1. April 13th - Trinity Bellwoods Environment Day.  Antony will help run a table.  Anyone else interested in chatting with the neighbors?  This is a great opportunity for first-timers.  Let me know.  I'll ask Cycle Toronto if we can run a one-stand bike repair service so we have something more than brochures and friendly chat to offer.
  2. May 4th - Bike Safety Day at Shaw Library.  This is already planned, and will run for 2 hours or so.  Since it's on the same day as Jane's Walk - does anyone have any ideas on running a post-event ride?  We talked about maybe a Safe Routes to School ride?
  3. May 11th - Bells on Bloor!  Any Ward 19 tie-ins would be great.  They could use marshalling volunteers, we could run Cycle Toronto signups, etc.  They will also need our need help flyering in a few weeks.
  4. May 26th - Bike with Mike at Christie Pits.  We ran a table last year.  It was simple and a really fun event!  Nico to say "yes" again.
  5. May 27th - June 30 - Ride for Bike Month?  We had a few ideas: free coffee stop at Sam James, maybe part of a "deluxe commute ride" along Harbord?  Or Antony will contact the ArtSpin organizers and see if they might be interested in running a 'teaser' event as part of Bike Month?
  6. Approaching other W19 Residents Associations - we didn't discuss this, other than TBCA.  Good idea, to do.

We didn't set a date for the next meeting - maybe something late April?  Herb, what do you think?


Ward 19 Meeting March 25, 6pm, Tampered Press
herb on Mar 22, 2013
25 March, 2013 - 18:00 - 19:00

This coming Monday we are having our Ward 19 meeting at the Tampered Press, 6pm, on Dundas, just west of Crawford. We'll hold our Ward 19 meeting before meeting with the Trinity Bellwoods Community Association to talk about Shaw Street contra-flow and Richmond/Adelaide cycle tracks.

On the agenda:

  • Environment Day tabling - April 13 - Trinity Bellwoods - Dundas and Shaw. Volunteers needed.
  • Bike with Mike - Sunday, May 26, 12-5pm - Christie Pits Park - Volunteers needed.
  • Ride for Bike Month - ideas of where to go? Who is interested in leading one?
  • Richmond/Adelaide cycle tracks - reaching out to RAs in Ward 19. Request letters supporting the cycle tracks.

I (Herb) won't be at the meeting. I hope it goes well!

Walk the Argyle future contraflow bike lane with Ward 18
herb on Mar 8, 2013
13 March, 2013 - 17:30 - 18:30

Ward 19ers, the Ward 18 group will be walking along Argyle to talk with the City about the contraflow that is planned. Please feel free to attend and meet our neighbours! After all, the starting point IS in Ward 19!

where: Trinity Bellwoods Rec Centre, 155 Crawford St, front doors  (faceing Crawford).  Look for me, Mark, I'll have a funny hat on and  Cycle Toronto sign.

why: The ward 18 group has been asked by the City and Councilor  Bailao to submit ideas and comments for the forthcoming Argyle  countraflow bike way.  We'll walk, talk and observe Argyle from Shaw to  Gladstone Ave.

It's down on the books, but it's still a ways from implimentation.   We need to figure out some design constraints and garner community  support.

Ward 19 meeting, March 4, 6:30 at CSI Annex
herb on Mar 4, 2013
4 March, 2013 - 18:30 - 20:30

A reminder of our Ward 19 meeting. It is tomorrow night at CSI Annex, 720 Bathurst.

On the agenda:

  • Reports: Metrolinx, Shaw petition, bike parking on Queen
  • Campaigns updates

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