Ride in the East York Canada Day Parade: Tuesday, July 1, 2014

By , June 25, 2014 5:04 am
East York Canada Day Parade

Cyclists take a break during last year’s East York Canada Day Parade

Ward 29 Bikes invites all cyclists to ride with us in the East York Canada Day Parade, our must fun event of the year. Riding in this local tradition is the best way to have way too much fun celebrating your community. We’ll be gathering starting at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 1 at 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.

If you’ve ridden with us before, please note the new starting point this year at Dieppe Park on Cosburn east of Greenwood.

Parade FAQs

Is it fun?

Yes! Parades are best experienced from the inside.

Is it safe?

Yes! We’re in a parade! What could be safer than that?

Can my whole family participate?

The more the merrier. People of all ages can participate in the parade with us. All you need is a bike (or a trike!).

How long does it take?

The parade takes between 60-90 minutes. Most of the riding is at a walking pace and is very easy.

Do I have to decorate my bike?

You don’t need to, but you know you want to. If you arrive at Dieppe Park before 9:00, we’ll be able to help you decorate with balloons, ribbons, fascinators, pinwheels, flags, and whatever else we can pull out of our red-and-white stash.

What should I wear?

Most importantly, please dress appropriately for the weather. Be sure you have sunscreen and headwear if necessary.  We recommend wearing either red and white or Ward 29 Bikes blue. Just make sure that you’re comfortable.

Sounds great! I’ll see you there!

Excellent!

Annual Quarterly East End Pub Night: Thursday, April 24, 2014

By , April 15, 2014 2:35 pm

It’s that time again: a whole year (and then some!) has passed since our last quarterly pub night, so we’re doing it again. Please join us at Remarks Bar & Grill on Thursday, April 24, 2014 starting at 7:00 p.m. for our Annual Quarterly East End Pub Night event. Members of east end advocacy groups including Ward 29 Bikes, Ward 30 Bikes32 Spokes, Cycle 26, and Ward 31 Bikes will be attending this informal get-together. If you think you’d like to get involved in some cycling activities this year or just want to socialize, this is your perfect excuse to get out on a Thursday night.

If you’re a little shy and not sure you’re up to joining us, here are some sure-fire conversation starters among cyclists:

“It’s (perfect/awful) cycling weather this week.”

“Have you started riding yet this year?”

“Can you believe the potholes on <insert street> this year? It’s crazy!”

“What’s the best way to get to <insert destination> by bike?”

“Recumbent bikes scare me.”

“Hi.”

So join us to talk shop, talk bike, talk sports, or just have a good time.

 Details:
Annual Quarterly East End Pub Night
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 social gathering 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!)

Ward 29 Bikes at the Withrow Park market: Saturday, October 19, 2013

By , October 18, 2013 1:44 am

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.

With a few chilly mornings 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 advice about winter cycling and bikes in general
Where:  Withrow Park Farmers’ Market, at the corner of Carlaw and McConnell Avenues.
When:  9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, October 19, 2013 (We’ll reschedule in case of heavy rain.)

Thursday Night Ride #6: Riverdale, Corktown, and Cabbagetown

By , July 3, 2013 11:38 pm

On our final scheduled Thursday Night Ride of 2013, we’ll snake through though quiet streets and laneways of Riverdale, Corktown, and Cabbagetown on a route based largely on two of Graeme Parry’s laneway tours. If you can’t make this week’s ride, we highly recommend joining Graeme on one of his tours this summer.

Meet at the East York Community Centre at the corner of Pape and Torrens Avenues on Thursday, July 4 at 6:15 p.m. The ride leaves at 6:30 p.m. rain or shine, but will be cancelled if thunderstorms are likely. Email info@29bikes.ca before 5:00 p.m. on Thursday if you want confirmation of the status of the ride; final determination will be made by 5:30 p.m. The final route may change depending on weather, surface conditions, construction, and other factors.

You should bring:

  • a bike in good working order,
  • clothing appropriate for the weather,
  • a bottle of water,
  • money for refreshments after the ride,
  • lights for the late-evening ride home, 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 on Thursday.

Thursday Night Ride #5: Rosedale, Mount Pleasant Cemetery, and the Brick Works

By , June 25, 2013 11:02 pm


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Our penultimate Thursday Night Ride for 2013 takes us into Rosedale and Moore Park on our way to the quiet trails of Mount Pleasant Cemetery before returning to East York via the Don Valley Brick Works. Meet at the East York Community Centre at the corner of Pape and Torrens Avenues on Thursday, June 27 at 6:15 p.m. The ride leaves at 6:30 p.m. rain or shine, but will be cancelled if thunderstorms are likely. Email info@29bikes.ca before 5:00 p.m. on Thursday if you want confirmation of the status of the ride; final determination will be made by 5:30 p.m. The final route may change depending on weather, surface conditions, construction, and other factors.

You should bring:

  • a bike in good working order,
  • clothing appropriate for the weather,
  • a bottle of water,
  • money for refreshments after the ride,
  • lights for the late-evening ride home, 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 on Thursday.

Thursday Night Ride 2013 #4: Ward 29 History

By , June 18, 2013 9:04 pm

The forecast for Thursday evening is clear and sunny and there won’t be a better night for our fun Ward 29 History bike ride. Learn about some of the families that helped to build (sometimes literally) East York, discover the hidden history in our own neighbourhood, and uncover the stories behind familiar (and not-so-familiar) buildings. The Ward 29 History bike ride is a guided tour through a selection of historic sites in three different corners of Ward 29. We ride at a comfortable pace and pause at each site for a brief discussion.

For this ride only, our starting point is at Playter Gardens on Cambridge Avenue at Danforth Avenue, one block west of Broadview Avenue. Meet at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2013. As always, the tour gets underway at 6:30 p.m. rain or shine, but will be cancelled if thunderstorms are likely. Email info@29bikes.ca before 5:00 p.m. on Thursday if you want confirmation of the status of the ride; final determination will be made by 5:30 p.m.

You should bring:

  • a bike in good working order,
  • clothing appropriate for the weather,
  • a bottle of water,
  • money for refreshments after the ride,
  • lights for the late-evening ride home, 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 on Thursday.

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We’ve already finished half of our six scheduled Thursday Night Rides for this year. If you’ve been meaning to join us for a ride but haven’t been able to yet, this is the week to get on the bike.

Ward 29 Environment Day: Saturday, June 22, 2013

By , June 18, 2013 9:00 pm

Ward 29 Bikes will be at the annual Ward 29 Environment Day hosted by Councillor Mary Fragedakis this Saturday, June 22 at Dieppe Park, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. We’ll be handing out new 2013 City of Toronto cycling maps and CAN-BIKE schedules, as well as sharing information about cycling projects around our neighbourhood, commuting and recreational routes around the city, and cycle tourism throughout Ontario. Drop by our table on Saturday and say Hi.

And of course, Environment Day isn’t just about us; you’ll also be able to drop off your household hazardous waste, pick up as much compost as you can carry, donate clothing, household goods, and school supplies for reuse, and—new this year—bring old documents for secure shredding.

Check out the full-size flyer for more information.

Ride in the East York Canada Day Parade: Monday, July 1, 2013

By , June 18, 2013 8:24 pm

Ward 29 Bikes is riding in the East York Canada Day Parade on July 1 once again this year and cyclists of all ages and abilities are invited to join us. The parade is a great opportunity for new and experienced cyclists alike to ride in a fun, friendly, and safe atmosphere while impressing thousands of spectators with your ability to balance on two wheels at parade speed, turn in circles, and wave. The parade has been run continuously in East York for more than 50 years and features numerous community organizations, floats, a motorcade, marching bands, and—for the fourth year—a growing band of cyclists who want to show how much fun riding around the city can be. The parade winds slowly through the streets of East York to the big Canada Day party in Stan Wadlow Park.

There’s only one thing that’s more fun than watching a parade: being in a parade! So bring yourself, your family, your friends, and your neighbours to the parade starting point (see the map below) on July 1 and get ready for the most fun you can have on two wheels. Wear red and white or Ward 29 blue. We’ll provide bike decorations, or you can decorate on your own if you want to compete in the best dressed bike contest.

Contact us if you’d like to participate this year or if you have any questions about the parade.

 

Join us in the East York Canada Day Parade

  • Meet at 8:30 a.m. (no later than 8:45), Monday, July 1, 2013. The parade leaves after 9:00.
  • We start at the East York Town Centre (formerly Thorncliffe Mall), in the parking lot in front of Target.
  • The parade arrives at Stan Wadlow Park around 11:00 a.m. The party and midway continue until fireworks at dusk.
  • Wear clothing appropriate for the weather. Don’t forget sunscreen and a water bottle.

 

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Thursday Night Ride 2013 #3: The Beach and Port Lands

By , June 11, 2013 10:17 pm


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Our 2013 Thursday Night Ride series continues this week with a ride down to the Beach and along the Martin Goodman Trail to Cherry Beach before returning to our neighbourhood for refreshments. Meet at the East York Community Centre at the corner of Pape and Torrens Avenues on Thursday, June 13 at 6:15 p.m. The ride leaves at 6:30 p.m. rain or shine, but will be cancelled if thunderstorms are likely. Email info@29bikes.ca before 5:00 p.m. on Thursday if you want confirmation of the status of the ride; final determination will be made by 5:30 p.m.

You should bring:

  • a bike in good working order,
  • clothing appropriate for the weather,
  • a bottle of water,
  • money for refreshments after the ride,
  • lights for the late-evening ride home, 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 on Thursday.

East end public meeting: Help build a better cycling city

By , June 4, 2013 12:22 am

Whether avid cyclist or merely bike-curious, everyone is invited to our annual gathering of east end cyclists to discuss building a better city for cycling. City of Toronto staff will give updates on current and future projects, Cycle Toronto will tell us what they’re up to in the east end, and local advocacy groups will give updates on their activities and successes. A town hall discussion will help us set priorities for the coming year. Don’t miss this meeting if you want to get involved with cycling advocacy, share a project with us, or just see what’s happening in the east end.

East end cyclists public meeting
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Council Chambers, East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave. (at Mortimer Ave.)

We’ll be gathering at Remarks Bar & Grill a block north on Coxwell Ave. for socializing after the meeting.

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