Category: Rides

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

Bells on Danforth

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.

 

Group ride to the Leslie Street Spit

By , October 19, 2012 4:00 pm
Leslie Street Spit photo

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.

Bonus! Thursday night ride #5: Leaside, Rosedale, and the Brick Works

By , July 10, 2012 2:17 pm

Just a reminder that we’re running a bonus Thursday night ride this week. The route is the same as the ride that was cancelled on June 21 and you can find the details in the original announcement for that ride. This will be our final formal ride for this summer. If you’ve enjoyed the rides and would like to see more of them throughout the cycling season, you should join us at an organizing meeting. Our next one is coming up on Wednesday, July 18; see the calendar listing for details.

 

As always, riders should meet at the East York Community Centre at the corner of Pape and Torrens Avenues  on Thursday, July 12 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. 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.

East York Canada Day parade

By , July 2, 2012 4:20 pm

Thanks to all of the Ward 29 Bikes members and supporters who joined us for the East York Canada Day parade on Sunday morning. With sunny skies and low humidity, it was a beautiful day for for a bike ride through the streets of East York surrounded by Shriners, Rotarians, marching bands, and many other East York community groups. Following the parade, even more cyclists approached us and asked if they could ride with us next year. Of course you can; everyone is welcome to join us. Let’s make next year’s parade entry the biggest ever!

Here’s a gallery of pictures from this year’s parade. Click on any picture to view it full size. Thanks for all of your support!

Thursday night ride #4: Cedarvale ravine and the Beltline

By , June 28, 2012 1:21 am

Our fourth and last Thursday night ride for this year will take us on a loop ride through several downtown and midtown neighbourhoods as we explore Cedarvale ravine and the Beltline trail. This ride passes through Mount Pleasant Cemetery, which closes its gates for the night at 8 p.m. at this time of year. If the cemetery is closed (or about to close) when we get there, we’ll follow an alternate route.

Meet at the East York Community Centre at the corner of Pape and Torrens Avenues on Thursday, June 28 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. if you want confirmation of the status of the ride; final determination will be made by 5:45 p.m.

Riders will receive a copy of the turn sheet and map at the beginning of the ride, or you can print them from this PDF.

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.

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Thursday night ride #3: Leaside, Rosedale, and the Brick Works

By , June 28, 2012 12:01 am

[Update, June 28: We’ve rescheduled this ride for Thursday, July 12. The time, starting point, and route remain the same. Join us!]

[Update, June 21: Tonight’s ride was cancelled because of the unpredictable thunderstorms moving through Toronto this evening. Thanks to all the dedicated cyclists who showed up at the start point despite the weather; we hope to see you again next week. We may attempt to reschedule this ride as a bonus Thursday night ride in July.]

Our third Thursday night ride will take us through parts of Leaside and Rosedale on our way to the Don Valley Brick Works before heading back home. Note that this is a change from the original route. Meet at the East York Community Centre at the corner of Pape and Torrens Avenues on Thursday, June 21 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. if you want confirmation of the status of the ride; final determination will be made by 5:30 p.m.

Riders will receive a copy of the turn sheet and map at the beginning of the ride, or you can print them from this PDF.

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.

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Thursday night ride #2: Up the Don Valley

By , June 13, 2012 11:20 pm

Our second Thursday night ride will take us along one of the most popular family cycling routes in the city: through the Don Valley up to Sunnybrook Stables. We’ll pedal through a string of parks in the valley including the Lower Don parkland, E.T. Seton Park, Wilket Creek Park, Sunnybrook Park, and Taylor Creek Park. Meet at the East York Community Centre at the corner of Pape and Torrens Avenues on Thursday, June 14 at 6:15 p.m. The ride leaves at 6:30 p.m. rain or shine, but will be cancelled if thunderstorms are expected. Email info@29bikes.ca before 5:00 p.m. 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.

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Thursday night ride #1: To the Beach we go

By , June 6, 2012 2:54 pm

Our first Thursday night ride starts at the East York Community Centre at the corner of Pape and Torrens Avenues tomorrow (June 7,2012) at 6:30 p.m. sharp. The ride leaves rain or shine, but will be cancelled if thunderstorms are expected. Email info@29bikes.ca before 5:00 p.m. if you want confirmation of the status of the ride; final determination will be made by 5:30 p.m.

Riders will receive a copy of the turn sheet and map at the beginning of the ride, or you can print them from this PDF.

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.

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