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

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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.

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.

Annual Quarterly East End Pub Night: Thursday, January 15, 2015

By , January 9, 2015 3:32 am

The annual January ritual of discarding last year’s dusty old calendar and tacking up a new one can mean only one thing: it’s time for our Annual Quarterly Pub Night! Join us at Remarks Bar & Grill on Thursday, January 15, 2015 starting at 7:00 p.m. The east end AQPN is the social event that we always plan to organize every three months, but actually manage to hold just once a year. Members of all of the east end cycling advocacy groups will be there to talk bikes, beer, and whatever else happens to be top of mind or bottom of glass.

If you’ve been thinking about getting more involved with cycling advocacy or just want to chat, this is your chance to meet some of the people in your neighbourhood who are working to make the city more cycling-friendly.

Details:
Annual Quarterly East End Pub Night
Thursday, January 15, 2015
7:00 p.m.–whenever
Remarks Bar & Grill
1926 Coxwell Avenue (West side of Coxwell Avenue, ½ block south of O’Connor Drive)
Everyone is welcome.

Bells on Danforth: Sunday, September 14, 2014

By , September 1, 2014 10:38 pm

 

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It’s been a long wait, but Bells on Danforth is almost here again! Ward 29 Bikes has teamed up with Ward 30 Bikes, Ward 31 Bikes, 32 Spokes, TO35Cycles, and Ward 36 Cyclists to bring you the third edition of this popular family ride We’re meeting as usual at East Lynn Park (on Danforth one block west of Woodbine) to begin the ride but this time we’re going to Toronto City Hall to join the big party at BIKESTOCK. Check out the Bells on Danforth site for full details about this year’s ride. Gather at East Lynn Park at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 14.

 

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

By , June 25, 2014 5:04 am
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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.

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