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!!!
Ward 19: Trinity-Spadina
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.
FREE Cycling Safety Workshop this Saturday!
Bike Trivia at Handlebar
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.
Join us for the Cycle Toronto Ride for Richmond Adelaide Protected Bike Lanes! Saturday June 8, noon
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
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 email@example.com or Jared.
- comfortable riding downtown in traffic
- 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.
Ward 19 Meeting tomorrow June 3 6:30pm at Butler's Pantry
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.
- 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!
Minutes of Joint Meeting Ward Meeting - May 28 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.
Reminder: Joint Ward Meeting tomorrow, May 28, 7pm
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
Volunteers needed for fun Bike with Mike event this Saturday May 25!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Join DuBL! Cycle Toronto’s working group on Dupont Bike Lanes
Posted on behalf of Liz Sutherland, Ward 18 volunteer:
The Dupont Street bike lanes (Dundas St. W. to Lansdowne Ave.) provide a safe bike route under the Weston railway bridge, where a cyclist was killed and several others injured in recent years. The lanes are also an important link to the West Toronto Railpath and the bike lanes on Annette Street.
Last fall, a city report was tabled in response to two main concerns about the Dupont bike lanes: first, that they were poorly connected to bike routes east and south of Lansdowne & Dupont and, second, that they had increased congestion on Dupont. In October 2012, City Council authorized an Environmental Assessment (EA) to study options to address the congestion and improve cycling safety, including potential new options to improve connections to existing and proposed bike routes east of Lansdowne.
The City of Toronto has informed Cycle Toronto that the EA will start in late 2013, with most of the work to be conducted in 2014. We’d like to get cyclists together from potentially affected wards to do some proactive planning in advance of the EA.
If you or someone from your ward group is interested in getting involved, please contact Liz in Ward 18 at email@example.com so you can be added to the new DuBL working group email list.
Discussion points for our first meeting (summer date and location TBD)
- Brief history of the Dupont bike lanes and why we need a plan now
- The Dupont Environmental Assessment: purpose and scope (City planner attending TBC)
- How likely is it that we have to fight to keep the lanes we have?!
- Making connections east and south of Lansdowne & Dupont
- Do we want bike lanes on Lansdowne? Other options?
- Making better connections with the West Toronto Railpath
- Dupont east of Lansdowne -- bike lanes to Christie, Bathurst, or Spadina? Other options?
- Safety: what kind of infrastructure do we want?
Let's work together to make our bike infrastructure stronger! Send me an email if you have any questions about the initiative.
-- Liz Sutherland, Ward 18 volunteer
Ward 19 Minutes from May 6, 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.