Ride in the East York Canada Day Parade: Friday, July 1

By , June 20, 2016 8:03 pm

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Only one thing is way more fun than watching a parade: being in a parade! Join Ward 29 Bikes and dozens of cyclists in the East York Canada Day Parade on Wednesday, July 1. This is our seventh year in the parade, which means that we will have brought our special blend of fun, colour, and bikes to 12% of East York Canada Day Parades throughout all of history. If that isn’t worth celebrating, what is?

Riding in this local tradition is the best way to have way too much fun celebrating your community, laughing with your neighbours, and riding your bike in parade formations. Circles, figure-eights…our pinwheel attempt didn’t go so well last year, but we’ll try again this year! We’ll be gathering at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 1 on the north side of Dieppe Park (on Cosburn east of Greenwood). We’ll provide decorations; you just need to bring your bike and a smile. Check out the fun we’ve had in previous years  and contact us if you want more information about the parade or to confirm your participation. Don’t miss out!

Bells on Danforth: Saturday, June 25, 2016

By , June 20, 2016 8:02 pm

Bells on Danforth Poster

Join us this Saturday for the fifth an2016-poster_bw_nobg-final-1275x1650nual Bells on Danforth, a pedal-powered parade to celebrate cycling! More than 500 people riding all manner of bikes, took over Danforth for last year’s biggest-ever edition. Let’s go even bigger this year! Meet across from Castle Frank Station at 10:30 am on Saturday, June 25. See the Bells on Danforth website for full details.

CANCELLED: Volunteer meeting, June 15, 2016

By , June 14, 2016 6:39 pm

Our regularly-scheduled volunteer meeting has been cancelled for this month. Join us instead at the Cosburn Pape Community Bicycle Day, Bells on Danforth, or the East York Canada Day Parade (details to be announced).

East York History Bike Ride: Saturday, June 18

By , June 7, 2016 4:52 pm

East York History Ride

As part of the Cosburn Pape Community Bicycle Day, Ward 29 Bikes and the East York Historical Society will be running a special edition of the East York History Bike Ride. Join us for a cycling tour of some of Ward 29’s historic sites. Discover the Taylors and Playters, explore the villages of Todmorden and Chester, and learn about the history of East York and area while riding with the whole family.

This edition of the tour will leave our Cosburn Pape Community Bicycle Day hub at Cosburn and Pape at 1 pm on Saturday, June 18. Everyone who comes on the ride will receive a copy of the ride booklet containing information about all of the highlighted sites. The full tour will take approximately 90 minutes at a leisurely pace and is suitable for the whole family. The route is mostly on quiet neighbourhood streets or dedicated bike lanes, but there will be some short sections along main roads.

Cosburn Pape Community Bicycle Day: Saturday, June 18

By , June 4, 2016 4:39 am

Cosburn Pape Community Bicycle Day poster

We’re bringing our bike festival to the neighbourhood on Saturday, June 18! Join us for a day of activities including the East York History Bike Ride (1 pm), le Tour de Cosburn, and more! Visit our hub at Bethany Baptist Church (southeast corner of Cosburn & Pape) to get your bike tuned up, learn about cycling opportunities in the area, connect with CultureLink’s Bike Host program, and get cycling information and maps. See our event page for more information.

How to make the Danforth a part of a cycling city (Jane’s Walk): Saturday May 7, 2 pm

By , May 5, 2016 1:32 pm

The beginning of Bike Month is still a few weeks away but we’re starting early with a bike-themed Jane’s Walk on Saturday. This one-hour walk, led by Adam Wasserman of Ward 29 Bikes, starts on the Danforth and moves west to Sherbourne. Along the way, we will explore and discuss some of the challenges that cyclists face in commuting around the city and specifically around the Danforth. We will then continue the walk to the world of the possible. We will see some great examples of how Toronto is becoming a cycling city and we will discuss some of the exciting projects on the horizon and some of the community initiatives that really make biking in the city a pleasure. Meet at 2 pm on Saturday May 7 in the courtyard at Carrot Common (Danforth just east of Jackman, between Erietta and the Big Carrot Organic Juice Bar). More info is at the Jane’s Walk website.

Next meeting: Wednesday, March 16, 2016

By , March 14, 2016 9:10 pm

The next Ward 29 Bikes organizing meeting is coming up this Wednesday evening:

Wednesday March 16, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Timothy’s Cafe, Carrot Common (northeast corner of Danforth & Jackman)

Draft agenda

  1. Preliminary selection of 2016 public events for the year
  2. Cosburn community bike day planning
  3. Bells on Danforth update
  4. Danforth Loves Bikes Campaign update
  5. Broadview Avenue update
  6. Bayview / Pottery Road / Lower Don update
  7. Social media update
  8. Don Valley Cable Car proposal update
  9. Direct action for 2016

Everyone is welcome.

NOTE: We have a new meeting schedule this year: we’ll be meeting on the third Wednesday of every month. Even if you can’t make it to this month’s meeting, mark your calendars for the next one on April 20.

Annual East End Pub Night: Thursday, March 3, 2016

By , February 24, 2016 3:44 am

It’s back! The annual East End Pub Night returns on Thursday, March 3, 2016. We’ll be setting up at Remarks Bar & Grill on Coxwell (south of O’Connor) starting at 7 p.m. Cyclists and friends from throughout the east end will get together to talk bikes, drink beer, and have a good time. This is your chance to see what your local cycling advocates have planned for the coming year and cheer us on (and maybe get involved). It looks like 2016 is going to be a big year; join us for a pint to kick it off!

 Details:
Annual East End Pub Night
Remarks Bar & Grill
1926 Coxwell Avenue (West side of Coxwell Avenue, ½ block south of O’Connor Drive)
Thursday, March 3, 2016, from 7:00 p.m. until whenever.
Everyone is welcome. Contact us if you have any questions.

Next meeting: Wednesday February 17

By , February 16, 2016 5:39 am

The next Ward 29 Bikes organizing meeting is coming up this Wednesday evening:

Wednesday February 17, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Timothy’s Cafe, Carrot Common (northeast corner of Danforth & Jackman)

Draft agenda

1) Bike Plan & direct action for 2016
2) Danforth Loves Bikes campaign update
3) Social media (volunteers wanted!)
4) Annual East End Pub Night
5) Bells on Danforth 2015 wrap-up
6) Cosburn bike day & additional 2016 community/outreach events
7) Other business

Everyone is welcome.

NOTE: We have a new meeting schedule this year: we’ll be meeting on the third Wednesday of every month. Even if you can’t make it to this month’s meeting, mark your calendars for the next one on March 16.

Ward 29 Bikes at Withrow Park Market: Saturday September 26, 2015

By , September 24, 2015 9:54 pm

Ward 29 Bikes and Ward 30 Bikes will be offering free basic bicycle tune-ups and advice at the Withrow Park Farmers’ Market  this Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., weather allowing. Bring your bike to us! We can make many adjustments in just a couple of minutes. For more complicated repairs, we can let you know exactly what you need and refer you to a reliable neighbourhood shop.

The City of Toronto is working on its next 10 year Bike Plan. Come see what is being proposed and chat with us about your ideas and comments.

What: Free basic bike tune-ups, advice about bikes in general, and information about cycling in the city and the neighbourhood.

Where: Withrow Park Farmers’ Market, at the corner of Carlaw and McConnell Avenues.

When: 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 26, 2015

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