Category: Rides

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.

 

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.

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.

Thursday Night Ride 2013 #2: Taylor Creek Park and Warden Woods

By , June 4, 2013 12:06 am


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Our 2013 Thursday Night Ride series continues this week with a tour through Taylor Creek Park and Warden Woods. This week’s ride takes us through several East York and southwest Scarborough parks and neighbourhoods, and includes a hidden treasure along the way. As always, we’ll return to an East York-area ice creamery for dessert and socializing.  Meet at the East York Community Centre at the corner of Pape and Torrens Avenues on Thursday, June 6 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.

 

Thursday Night Ride 2013 #1: Don Valley to Edwards Gardens

By , May 29, 2013 12:19 am


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Our 2013 Thursday Night Ride series kicks off with a fun ride up the Don Valley to Edwards Gardens. We’ll cycle through the Bridle Path neighbourhood, Sunnybrook Park, and Leaside on our way back to East York for a post-ride ice cream. Meet at the East York Community Centre at the corner of Pape and Torrens Avenues on Thursday, May 30 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, 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.

Bells on Danforth: Saturday, May 11, 2013

By , April 30, 2013 10:41 pm

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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.

Thursday Night Rides return this summer!

By , April 30, 2013 9:21 pm

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:

 

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.

 

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