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Ward 32: Beaches-East York

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Welcome to the Ward 32 page!  

Our Goal - To promote cycling in the ward. This is both through community events to assist cyclists and increase the public's exposure to cyclists, but also at the political level to advocate for better cycling infrastructure, making cycling safer both for the well-being of present cyclists, and to encourage more people to cycle.

 

History - We have been active since the very start of the Toronto Cyclists Union in 2008 with Doug Lee and Rob Wallis as the Ward Captains. We soon developed a core group of 5 or 6 people who met once a month in MacCarthy's pub. Since 2010 our numbers have grown significantly, and we have moved our meetings to The Feathers on Kingston Road.

 

People - Your two ward Captains are Robert Wallis and Mary Ann Neary. We are also fortunate that our local councillor is very supportive of cycling, and either attends our meetings or sends a representative. At present we have over 25 cyclists on our email list. Most members of the group are also involved with other cycling groups and some volunteer at TCU activities, attend city-wide TCU meetings, and keep an ear to the ground on political issues that affect Toronto cyclists.

 

What we do - Our group meets once a month usually in The Feathers (Kingston Road), to bounce ideas to meet the needs/wants of cyclists in our ward. We run events at the East Lynn Farmer's Market, the Ward 32 Environment Day, the Ward 32 Green Fair, facilitate a Bike Valet at the Beaches Jazz and Blues festivals, and others.  Future events may include a biking treasure hunt, a biking ‘ward tour’, CAN-BIKE courses and school events. We are also working with our local councillor to implement our 'wish-list' of realistic cycling infrastructure (see 'Ward 32 Cycling Infrastructure: Proposed Improvement Plan' below).

 

Ward 32 Cycling Infrastructure: Proposed Improvement Plan - Key issues in this ward are;

1. Dixon to Lockwood contra-flow bike lane

2. Signed bike route Edgewood to Eastwood to Bowmore

3. Lee Avenue curb cut

4. Bike lane on Kippendavie (contra-flow) and Elmer

5. Signed bike route on Sarah Ashbridge and Lockwood Avenue

6. Bike lane on Gerrard East from Main to Victoria Park

If you don't agree with these, or you would like to help with their implementation, then get involved!

If you are interested in helping advocate for cycling at any level in our ward, have any ideas for events, or just want to meet up with other cyclists within the ward socially, please also email ward32@bikeunion.to .  

 

Ward News

Input on cycling in Ward 32 and the City of Toronto
ward32 on Jun 17, 2014

We are interested in your input on cycling in Ward 32 and the City of Toronto during Bike Month this year. Please take a few minutes before June 26th  to answer our short survey on cycling to help us understand your cycling habits and feedback on cycling in the Ward and in Toronto. We are also interested in feedback on what events in the Ward you think we should participate in as an advocacy group.


 


https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TDKB2J6


Ward 32 Spokes

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Action Alert: email now to support proposed Dixon Ave. bike lane!
ward32 on Jun 14, 2014

Email the city now to support the proposed Dixon Ave. bike lane!View this email in your browser

Action Alert

Email the city now to support the proposed Dixon Ave. bike lane!

Fellow cyclists:

By sending a short email right now you can help make the proposed bike lane on Dixon Avenue a reality and improve cycling in the east end! Adding a lane on Dixon will provide a valuable neighbourhood connection between Woodbine Avenue and Kingston Road.

The Dixon staff report is on the agenda for the June 18th meeting of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee (PWIC). If the report passes at this committee, it will go to Council on July 8th.

Ward 32 Spokes and Cycle Toronto fully support the staff report. We believe its recommendations are strong and will make a very positive contribution to cycling in our community.

The more emails of support PWIC receives the better chance there is that the report will be passed.

Details of who to write to are below. Your email needs to be received by Tuesday June 17th at 4:30pm.


Summary of the Staff Report

Right now Dixon Ave. is westbound only between Lockwood to Kingston and eastbound only between Lockwood and Woodbine. (Map of the area)

- Between the westbound only section of Dixon (Kingston to Lockwood), the staff report recommends an eastbound contra-flow bike lane located on the south side of the street next to on-street parking.

*Cyclists travelling westbound will continue to use the shared traffic lane as they do now.

- Between the eastbound only section of Dixon (Lockwood to Woodbine) the report recommends a westbound contra-flow bike lane on the north side of the street, away from the on street parking.  

*Cyclists travelling eastbound will continue to use the shared traffic lane as they do now.

- No changes are recommended to on street parking along the entire length of Dixon Avenue.

The installation of these two sections of contra-flow bike lane will allow cyclists to use Dixon Avenue as a two way street.

These small additions to the area’s cycling infrastructure will provide valuable neighbourhood connections for cyclists of all ages who wish to avoid cycling on busy arterial roadways and major intersections.

Action Requested


Please e-mail pwic@toronto.ca with your support for the item before June 17th at 4pm. Place the item number, PW32.5, in the subject line and please cc:info@cycleto.ca and ward32@cycleto.ca

If you cycle on Dixon or in the surrounding area (or if these changes would encourage you to cycle more), don’t hesitate to include your personal story. And consider including your mailing address; messages from local and Toronto residents carry more weight.

Please remember to send your email before Tuesday June 17th at 4:30pm.

If you have any questions, please email ward32@cycleto.ca


Relevant Resources

1) The PWIC agenda item for Dixon (PW32.5)

2) Staff presentation boards to Public Open House on the Dixon Avenue Bicycle Lane (PDF)

3) Background on “contra-flow” bike lanes
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Action Alert: email now to support proposed Dixon Ave. bike lane!
ward32 on Jun 14, 2014
18 June, 2014 - 09:30 - 13:00

Email the city now to support the proposed Dixon Ave. bike lane!View this email in your browser

Action Alert

Email the city now to support the proposed Dixon Ave. bike lane!

Fellow cyclists:

By sending a short email right now you can help make the proposed bike lane on Dixon Avenue a reality and improve cycling in the east end! Adding a lane on Dixon will provide a valuable neighbourhood connection between Woodbine Avenue and Kingston Road.

The Dixon staff report is on the agenda for the June 18th meeting of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee (PWIC). If the report passes at this committee, it will go to Council on July 8th.

Ward 32 Spokes and Cycle Toronto fully support the staff report. We believe its recommendations are strong and will make a very positive contribution to cycling in our community.

The more emails of support PWIC receives the better chance there is that the report will be passed.

Details of who to write to are below. Your email needs to be received by Tuesday June 17th at 4:30pm.


Summary of the Staff Report

Right now Dixon Ave. is westbound only between Lockwood to Kingston and eastbound only between Lockwood and Woodbine. (Map of the area)

- Between the westbound only section of Dixon (Kingston to Lockwood), the staff report recommends an eastbound contra-flow bike lane located on the south side of the street next to on-street parking.

*Cyclists travelling westbound will continue to use the shared traffic lane as they do now.

- Between the eastbound only section of Dixon (Lockwood to Woodbine) the report recommends a westbound contra-flow bike lane on the north side of the street, away from the on street parking.  

*Cyclists travelling eastbound will continue to use the shared traffic lane as they do now.

- No changes are recommended to on street parking along the entire length of Dixon Avenue.

The installation of these two sections of contra-flow bike lane will allow cyclists to use Dixon Avenue as a two way street.

These small additions to the area’s cycling infrastructure will provide valuable neighbourhood connections for cyclists of all ages who wish to avoid cycling on busy arterial roadways and major intersections.

Action Requested


Please e-mail pwic@toronto.ca with your support for the item before June 17th at 4pm. Place the item number, PW32.5, in the subject line and please cc:info@cycleto.ca and ward32@cycleto.ca

If you cycle on Dixon or in the surrounding area (or if these changes would encourage you to cycle more), don’t hesitate to include your personal story. And consider including your mailing address; messages from local and Toronto residents carry more weight.

Please remember to send your email before Tuesday June 17th at 4:30pm.

If you have any questions, please email ward32@cycleto.ca


Relevant Resources

1) The PWIC agenda item for Dixon (PW32.5)

2) Staff presentation boards to Public Open House on the Dixon Avenue Bicycle Lane (PDF)

3) Background on “contra-flow” bike lanes
 Copyright © 2014 Ward 32 Spokes, All rights reserved.
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Our mailing address is:
Ward 32 Spokes720 Bathurst Street, Suite 307Toronto, On M5S 2R4Canada
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Have Your Say: A New Pedestrian Signal on Woodbine Avenue
ward32 on Mar 17, 2014

Woodbine Pedestrian Signal Approved!

Now, about where to put it...

This past fall, City Council voted in favour of a community-led plan to install a “mid-block pedestrian traffic signal” on Woodbine Avenue, between Queen Street and Kingston Road.

Now, the City wants our feedback on the best place to put the signal. Two options have been identified: at Norway Avenue; or 40m north of Norway Avenue (closer to Kingston Road).

Walk Across Woodbine, the local resident group responsible for the campaign, is conducting a survey to gather community input.

Take their survey to find out more and make your voice heard:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/D29QBYK

Email them for details, or to volunteer to spread the word:

walk.across.woodbine@gmail.com


** Ward 32 Spokes supports Option B!

You will see two options presented in the survey. Ward 32 Spokes supports Option B (at Woodbine and Norway Ave.) for the following reasons:

- Option B places the crosswalk closer to the mid-point between of Kingston Road and Queen making it more useful to pedestrians and cyclists.

- Option B aligns better with existing cycling routes as well as a proposed contra-flow bike lane on Norway Avenue.

- Option B places the crossing in an optimal location for passengers on the 92 Woodbine South bus.

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Public Meeting to discuss proposed contraflow bike lane on Dixon Avenue (Kingston Road and Dundas St. East)
ward32 on Feb 14, 2014
18 February, 2014 - 19:00 - 20:30

Toronto's Dundas St. East bicycle lanes help cyclists feel safer when traveling on the road. Unfortunately, these bicycle lanes end at Kingston Road, a major arterial roadway with high volumes of fast moving motor vehicle traffic. When cycling westbound, road users are able to access Dundas St. E from Dixon Ave., however, because Dixon Ave. is designated as a one way street, it is currently not lawful to travel in an eastbound direction on this roadway.

 

A short stretch of eastbound-only bicycle lane on Dixon Ave. would allow for legal two-way travel by bicycles. Bicycle lanes which are painted with a yellow line (instead of a white line) allow cyclists to legally travel two ways on a street. Dixon Ave. would remain one-way for road users who are not cycling.

 

East end cyclists, please come out to support this initiative to enhance cycling safety in Ward 32!

 

Date: Tuesday February 18th

Time: 7pm - 8:30

Location: Beaches Recreation Centre, 6 Williamson Road, Room C

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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!

 

Get to know Ward 32 by Bike: A Bike Month Event
ward32 on Mar 14, 2013
22 June, 2013 - 14:00 - 16:00

32 Spokes in invites you to:

Get to know Ward 32 by Bike!

Ward 32 has much to offer cyclists. Please join us for a family friendly, leisurely cycle around our Ward with cycling neighbours, who can give advice on:

  • Good routes that are on low-traffic streets
  • Easier routes, for example that are less steep
  • Interesting facts about local landmarks
  • Learning about parts of your neighbourhood you may not have visited yet
  • Tips on making your cycling comfortable and safe
  • Information on what's happening in cycling, in Ward 32

Everyone welcome - just bring your bike!

Meet at William D. Young memorial, northeast corner of Kew Gardens 2075 Queen Street East near Bellefaiir Avenue in the Beach. Ride will begin and end here.

 

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32 Spokes Monthly Meeting
ward32 on Mar 5, 2013
14 March, 2013 - 19:00 - 21:00

Join us on Thursday 14th March at 7pm in the Feathers pub (Kingston Road between Main and Vic Park, North side) to discuss local cycling issues and chat with like-minded cycling friends.

This month we'll be discussing our upcoming bike rodeo at Bowmore school, and potential connections with events at Glen Ames and Kimberley schools.

We'll also get an update on Cycle Toronto's Ward Advocacy Meeting held on 5th March, and next steps with regards contra-flow bike lanes across our Ward to make some much needed cycling infrastructure connections.

Hope to see you there!

32 Spokes meets regularly in The Feathers pub, Kingston Road.  At the moment this is on the first Thursday of the month (apart from March...  which the more astutue among you will notice is the second Thursday...)

Rob $ 32Spokes

 

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32 Spokes Events in 2012
ward32 on Jun 1, 2012
  • 32 Spokes monthly meetings: Third Tuesday of every month, The Feathers Pub, Kingston Road, 7:00 – 9:00p.m. 
  • 32 Spokes at Environment Day: Thursday 7 May 2012, 4:00 – 8:00p.m.
  • Bells on Danforth: Saturday June 2, 1:00 p.m.
  • 32 Spokes at the Farmer's Market: First Thursday of every month from 7 June, 
5 July, 2 August, 
6 September, 
4 October 3:00 – 7:00p.m.
  • Danforth Bike Lane: Sunday June 3 and Sunday June 10, 1:00 p.m.
  • The Beaches Heritage Ride:  Saturday, June 16, 13:00 - 14:30 p.m.
  • Ride the Ravines: Sunday June 17, 9:00 a.m.

 

32 Spokes monthly meetings:

Third Tuesday of every month, The Feathers Pub, Kingston Road, 7:00 – 9:00p.m.

32 Spokes at Environment Day: Thursday 7 May 2012, 4:00 – 8:00p.m.

Come down to Ted Reeve Arena and let us know what cycling infrastructure you'd like to see in Ward 32. Find out about other events happening in the ward and get involved in our group '32 Spokes'. Say hello to some other members of Ward 32 TCU who will be there to promote cycling in the ward. 

Bells on Danforth: Saturday June 2, 1:00 p.m.

The biggest ride of the year is just a day away! The inaugural Bells on Danforth family-friendly group ride will be leaving East Lynn Park and heading toward Queen's Park for the Cycle and Sole rally for safer infrastructure for both cyclists and pedestrians. Join Ward 29 Bikes, 32 Spokes, SoDa Bikes, and DECA Bikes for this fun event. More details are available on the Bells on Danforth websiteContact us if you'd like to help on the day of the ride.

32 Spokes at the Farmer's Market: First Thursday of every month from 7 June, 
5 July, 2 August, 
6 September, 
4 October 3:00 – 7:00p.m.

We'll be at East Lynn farmer's market (South side of Danforth Avenue just West of Woodbine), giving out bike maps, bike advocacy, and simple repairs and advice. Stop by and say hello, and get your locally grown produce while you're at it! 

Danforth Bike Lane: Sunday June 3 and Sunday June 10, 1:00 p.m.

As part of the Art of the Danforth festival, artist Denise Ing is inviting cyclists to "leave their mark" on Danforth. Pick up a bottle of chalk and ride along Danforth while it automatically trails out a bike lane behind you. You can mark your lane on your own anytime during the festival or take part in a group ride at 1:00 p.m. on each of the next two Sundays: June 3 or June 10. Check the project's website for more information.

The Beaches Heritage Ride:  Saturday, June 16, 13:00 - 14:30 p.m.

Much of the area now known as the Beaches was annexed by the City of Toronto between 1887 and 1905. Despite this longstanding incorporation, the Beaches remains a distinctive enclave, whose residents exude a stronger sense of community than is seen in most City neighbourhoods. In terms of architecture, atmosphere, and attitude, the Beaches resembles a small lakeside resort town.

On June 16, meet at 1:00 PM in front of Ashbridge Estate to explore the Beaches by bike including the neighbourhoods and historic sites of Woodbine Beach, Kew Beach and Balmy Beach with local historian Gene Domagala. This Heritage Ride ends at the historic R.C. Harris water treatment plant with view of the Toronto skyline and the Scarborough Bluffs.

The Heritage Ride bike tour will be approximate 1.5 to 2 hours in length.

Ride the Ravines: Sunday June 17, 9:00 a.m.

Evergreen and Cycle Toronto are hosting the new Ride the Ravines charity group ride this year. Ride a 25 km circle route on the Taylor Creek Park, Waterfront, and Lower Don trails. All money raised goes to Bike Works, a community bike space at the Brick Works.

 

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32 Spokes at the Farmer's Market
ward32 on Jun 1, 2012
7 June, 2012 - 15:00 - 19:00

Repeats on the first Thursday of each month until Thurs Oct 04 2012

7 June, 2012 - 15:00 - 19:00
5 July, 2012 - 15:00 - 19:00
2 August, 2012 - 15:00 - 19:00
6 September, 2012 - 15:00 - 19:00
4 October, 2012 - 15:00 - 19:00

We'll be at East Lynn farmer's market (South side of Danforth Avenue just West of Woodbine), giving out bike maps, bike advocacy, and simple repairs and advice.

Stop by and say hello, and get your locally grown produce while you're at it!

Thursday, 7th June from 3pm until 7pm, and then the first Thursday of every month (and maybe more!)

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