Once again, several local cycling advocacy groups are joining forces to bring you the second annual Bells on Danforth bike ride. This family-friendly event to celebrate cycling on the Danforth takes place on Saturday, May 11, the day before Mother’s Day. Our pedal-powered parade starts at East Lynn Park (on Danforth, one block west of Woodbine) at noon. We’ll ride to Queen’s Park, where we’ll join groups from Bells on Yonge, Bells on Bloor, and Walk Toronto at the Cycle and Sole rally. Join us at the ride, and watch the Bells on Danforth site for more information.
Our popular social ride series returns this year with a mix of old favourites and brand new routes. Starting in East York, we’ll take a leisurely bike ride before returning to our neighbourhood for dessert and socializing. Each 90-minute ride will be on both streets and mixed-use paths. Routes may include riding (or walking!) up some hills, but we’ll try to keep the huffing and puffing to a minimum. The East York History Bike Ride on June 20 starts at Playter Gardens on Danforth, one block west of Broadview. All other rides start at the East York Community Centre. For all rides, gather at the starting point at 6:15 p.m. The rides leave at 6:30 p.m.
This year’s schedule includes five rides starting in May and stretching into July:
- Thursday, May 30: The Don Valley to Edwards Gardens.
- Thursday, June 6: Taylor Creek Park and Warden Woods
- Thursday, June 13: The Beach and the Port Lands.
- Thursday, June 20: The East York History Bike Ride. NOTE: This ride starts at Playter Gardens, on the north side of Danforth one block west of Broadview (at the beginning of the Bloor Viaduct).
- Thursday, June 27: Mount Pleasant Cemetery and Rosedale.
- Thursday, July 4: Riverdale and Cabbagetown.
All rides will proceed rain or shine but will be cancelled if thunderstorms are likely. Routes and destinations may change; more information about that week’s destination will be posted a couple of days before each ride. Always check our website for the latest updates. Contact us if you’d like more information.
As part of the planned work on the East Don portion of the Toronto Trails Plan, the City of Toronto and Toronto and Region Conservation are hosting an open house from 6:00-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at Blessed John 23rd Catholic School (175 Grenoble Drive, near Don Mills Rd. & Overlea Blvd.). The proposed East Don Trail will run from near the Forks of the Don in E.T. Seton Park to the Gatineau Hydro Corridor near Victoria Park and Eglinton Aves. This is an important link in Toronto’s trail system that will fill the biggest gap in an off-road bike route that connects downtown to northeast Scarborough. The city wants your feedback for the Environmental Assessment and we encourage all area cyclists to attend the open house.
What’s better than riding your bike in the winter? Why, talking about riding your bike in the winter, of course. And even better than that is talking about anything that strikes your fancy with other people who happen to like cycling. This Thursday night, you can do just that from the comfort of your pub stool or booth. Please join us at Remarks Bar & Grill on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. for our Annual Quarterly East End Pub Night event. Members of Ward 29 Bikes, SoDa Bikes, and 32 Spokes along with many other interesting people will be attending this informal get-together. Join us to talk shop, talk bike, talk sports, or just have some good conversations. Everyone is welcome, even if you drive to the pub. On-street parking is available.
Remarks Bar & Grill
1926 Coxwell Avenue (West side of Coxwell Avenue, ½ block south of O’Connor Drive)
From 7:00 p.m. until whenever.
Everyone is welcome. Contact us if you have any questions.
(What’s an annual quarterly pub night, you ask? It’s a meet-and-greet that we try to have quarterly but end up having annually. Usually, we’d rather be outside riding than inside talking about riding. Typical cyclists!)
[Update, December 5: The location of the second meeting has been corrected.]
Following up on the initial meeting in September, the City of Toronto is hosting a pair of public meetings (PDF) this week about planned upgrades and improvements to the Kay Gardner Beltline Trail. The first meeting is at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4 at St. Paul’s Church (227 Bloor Street East, between Church and Jarvis Streets). This meeting will focus on the plans for the southern portion of the trail through the Moore Park Ravine and David Balfour Park. A second meeting to look at plans for the trail north of Mount Pleasant Cemetery is being held on Wednesday, December 5 at the West Preparatory Junior Public School (70 Ridge Hill Drive). If you’re unable to attend at least one meeting in person, you can still give feedback through email. The project website will have this week’s presentations and feedback forms online in a couple of days.
Brick beach on the Leslie Street Spit. The trails are a little smoother than this.
Our Thursday Night Ride series this past June was so popular that we’ve decided to run a Sunday morning autumn ride to the Leslie Street Spit next Sunday, October 28. Meet at the East York Community Centre at the corner of Pape and Torrens Avenues on Sunday, October 28 at 10:45 a.m. The ride leaves at 11:00 a.m. rain or shine.
This ride will take us through the streets of Riverdale and the Port Lands to the Leslie Street Spit, where we’ll continue all the way out to the lighthouse at the southern tip. Fall colours and cooler temperatures make autumn a wonderful time to cycle on Toronto’s streets and trails.
It can be chilly on autumn mornings, so we’ll be bringing a supply of warm (non-alcoholic) apple cider for riders who join us. Bring a snack for yourself and dress in layers if it’s cold. Remember that it may be a few degrees cooler by the water than it is in the rest of the city.
You should bring:
- a bike in good working order,
- clothing appropriate for the weather,
- a bottle of water and a small snack, and
- TTC fare in case you get tired and need a lift home.
Contact us if you have any questions, and we hope to see you next Sunday.
Ward 29 Bikes will be offering free basic bicycle tune-ups, maintenance, and advice at the Withrow Park Farmers’ Market this Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Bring your bike to us! We can fix many simple problems in just a couple of minutes.
With the first cold weather upon us, are you thinking about putting your bike away for the season? Why not try extending your cycling season a little bit this year? We’ll be giving advice on winter riding: with some common sense and clothes that you already have in your closet, it may be easier than you think.
What: Free basic bike tune-ups and maintenance and winter cycling advice
Where: Withrow Park Farmers’ Market, at the corner of Carlaw and McConnell Avenues.
When: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, October 13, 2012
The City of Toronto is hosting a public meeting about planned upgrades and improvements to the Kay Gardner Beltline trail. This initial public meeting is being held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, September 10 at the Northern District Library (40 Orchard View Boulevard one block north of Eglinton Ave, one block west of Yonge St.). Part of the Beltline runs through Ward 29 beside the Brick Works and the entire trail is part of important commuting and recreational routes. This is your opportunity to help guide the future of one of Toronto’s best cycling trails.
Ward 29 Bikes and our friends from 32 Spokes are offering free basic bike tune-ups and maintenance tips at the Withrow Park Farmers’ Market Harvest Festival this Saturday, September 8th, from 10 am to 1 pm. Bring your bike for a tune-up! Celebrate fresh local food and help us support the market’s Fresh Food Drive (PDF) with a donation, which will go to the Eastview Neighbourhood Community Centre food bank.
Our next regular organizing meeting is on Wednesday, September 12 at Timothy’s coffee shop in Carrot Common. We get started at 6 p.m. and usually wind up business before 8 p.m. Our agenda will include upcoming events for this autumn, new community outreach initiatives, and a recap of our summer activities. Please join us for the evening if you’d like to help lead the cycling community in Ward 29. Contact us if you need more information.