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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
Toronto East Bike Festival, Saturday, September 19, 2015, 10am-4pm.
Join us at the Toronto East Bike Festival, Saturday, September 19th, 10am-4pm, at the Warden Hilltop Community Centre, 25 Mendelssohn St., Toronto, organised by TO35Cycles, Ward 26 Cyclists, and the Crossroads of the Danforth BIA.
This family-friendly event will include a Bike Rodeo, Kids Bike Zone, demonstration cycling sports, free bike tune-ups, food, and a showcase of active lifestyle businesses and local environmental/social community groups.
Unsure of how to get there? There are two group rides to the festival, one leaving from East Lynn Park and one from Christie Pits Park. You can also get there on the TTC. See here for travel details.
Only one thing is way more fun than watching a parade: being in a parade! Join Ward 29 Bikes in the 58th East York Canada Day Parade on Wednesday, July 1. This will be our sixth year in the parade and honestly, we have no idea how they kept it going for so long without us. 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…maybe we’ll try a pinwheel 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!
Get ready for the 4th annual Bells on Danforth ride! Once again, Ward 29 Bikes has joined forces with Ward 30 Bikes, Ward 31 Bikes, 32 Spokes, TO35Cycles, and Ward 36 Cyclists to bring you this family ride. This year, to celebrate Bike Month and 100in1Day, we will highlight the Danforth by riding east from Castle Frank to Danforth Road for a party. Bring a picnic lunch or grab a meal or dessert at one of the local restaurants before heading back home. Check out the Bells on Danforth site for more details about this year’s ride. Gather at Prince Edward Viaduct Park (across from Castle Frank station) 10:30 a.m. on Saturday June 6, 2015. Departure at 11 a.m.