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.

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

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.

 

East Don Trail Open House: Wednesday, February 13, 2013

By , February 10, 2013 10:15 pm

As part of the planned work on the East Don portion of the Toronto Trails Plan, the City of Toronto and Toronto and Region Conservation are hosting an open house from 6:00-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at Blessed John 23rd Catholic School (175 Grenoble Drive, near Don Mills Rd. & Overlea Blvd.). The proposed East Don Trail will run from near the Forks of the Don in E.T. Seton Park to the Gatineau Hydro Corridor near Victoria Park and Eglinton Aves. This is an important link in Toronto’s trail system that will fill the biggest gap in an off-road bike route that connects downtown to northeast Scarborough. The city wants your feedback for the Environmental Assessment and we encourage all area cyclists to attend the open house.

Annual Quarterly East End Pub Night: Thursday, January 17, 2013

By , January 11, 2013 9:54 pm

What’s better than riding your bike in the winter? Why, talking about riding your bike in the winter, of course. And even better than that is talking about anything that strikes your fancy with other people who happen to like cycling. This Thursday night, you can do just that from the comfort of your pub stool or booth. Please join us at Remarks Bar & Grill on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. for our Annual Quarterly East End Pub Night event. Members of Ward 29 Bikes, SoDa Bikes, and 32 Spokes along with many other interesting people will be attending this informal get-together. Join us to talk shop, talk bike, talk sports, or just have some good conversations. Everyone is welcome, even if you drive to the pub. On-street parking is available.

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 meet-and-greet 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!)

Beltline Trail public meetings

By , December 5, 2012 9:00 am

[Update, December 5: The location of the second meeting has been corrected.]

Following up on the initial meeting in September, the City of Toronto is hosting a pair of public meetings (PDF) this week about planned upgrades and improvements to the Kay Gardner Beltline Trail. The first meeting is at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4 at St. Paul’s Church (227 Bloor Street East, between Church and Jarvis Streets). This meeting will focus on the plans for the southern portion of the trail through the Moore Park Ravine and David Balfour Park. A second meeting to look at plans for the trail north of Mount Pleasant Cemetery is being held on Wednesday, December 5 at the West Preparatory Junior Public School (70 Ridge Hill Drive). If you’re unable to attend at least one meeting in person, you can still give feedback through email. The project website will have this week’s presentations and feedback forms online in a couple of days.

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.

Free tune-ups at the Withrow Park market: Saturday, October 13, 2012

By , October 12, 2012 3:46 pm

Ward 29 Bikes will be offering free basic bicycle tune-ups, maintenance, and advice at the Withrow Park Farmers’ Market this Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Bring your bike to us! We can fix many simple problems in just a couple of minutes.

With the first cold weather 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 maintenance and winter cycling advice
Where:  Withrow Park Farmers’ Market, at the corner of Carlaw and McConnell Avenues.
When:  10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, October 13, 2012

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