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.
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.
The City of Toronto is hosting a public meeting about planned upgrades and improvements to the Kay Gardner Beltline trail. This initial public meeting is being held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, September 10 at the Northern District Library (40 Orchard View Boulevard one block north of Eglinton Ave, one block west of Yonge St.). Part of the Beltline runs through Ward 29 beside the Brick Works and the entire trail is part of important commuting and recreational routes. This is your opportunity to help guide the future of one of Toronto’s best cycling trails.
Join Ward 29 Bikes and other local cycling advocacy organizations at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 9 in the council chambers at the East York Civic Centre at 850 Coxwell Avenue (at Mortimer, 1 km north of Danforth Avenue) as we celebrate the growth in active community-based cycling groups in the east end. Each of the cycling advocacy groups in attendance will share information about what they’re up to, and all attendees will participate in a moderated forum to discuss effecting change through political engagement.
You may have heard that there’s a municipal election this year, and this is your chance to help ensure that the safety of cyclists is one of the top local issues. Join us on June 9 and have your voice counted. We look forward to seeing you there.
Who: Ward 29 Bikes and other east end cycling advocacy groups.
What: Celebrate the growth in local advocacy, participate in a moderated forum.
Where: East York Civic Centre at 850 Coxwell Avenue. Take the O’Connor 70 bus north from Coxwell station or the Mortimer 62 from Broadview or Main stations.
When: Wednesday, June 9, 2010: Meeting 7–9 p.m. There will also be an informal social gathering at Remarks Bar & Grill at 1026 Coxwell Avenue (south of O’Connor) after the meeting. Join us there any time after 9 p.m.
Why: Because we all love cycling!
Things always seem to move more slowly in the summer, but we finally have the survey results from our June meeting (PDF) online. Of the attendees who filled out our survey, 69% shop by bike and 41% cycle year-round.The biggest barriers to cycling identified by our survey are bike lanes/safe routes (83%) and secure parking (68%). Read the complete results in the PDF linked above.
We’re currently using the survey results and other information we gathered at (and since) our June meeting to plan our activities for the next few months. Stay tuned!
Our community meeting yesterday was a big success. Fifty people packed the room on a rainy night to listen and learn from one another. Representatives from The Danforth BIA were present and we hope to work with them in the future. We’ll be publishing a meeting report after we’ve distilled all of the information that we received last night. We’ll also be adding more pictures soon.
A big thanks to all of our speakers—Dan Egan and Christina Bouchard from the City of Toronto, Yvonne Bambrick from the TCU, Brian Betsworth of Cycle 26, and Donald Wiedman of Bikes+Transit—and everyone who worked behind the scenes to pull the meeting together. But most of all, a special thanks to you for coming out on such a dreary night and showing that cyclists in our neighbourhood are hungry for action.
If you’d like to own a swanky t-shirt just like the ones that the members of Ward 29 Bikes were modelling at the meeting, you can buy shirts and tote bags at our shop.
Ward 29 Bikes invites you (Yes, you! Even if you don’t ride a bike!) to a public meeting on Wednesday, June 17, 2009. City staff and local cyclists will be on hand to discuss the current and future state of cycling in and around Ward 29/East York. If you want to know what’s happening in the community, please join us:
What: Ward 29 Community Meeting for those who cycle (and those who’d like to)
When: Wednesday June 17, 2009—Open House at 6:30 p.m., meeting starts at 7:00 p.m.
Where: East York Community Centre (1081 Pape Avenue at Torrens, between O’Connor and Cosburn)
Who: City of Toronto staff, local cyclists, cycling advocates, and you!
Why: Because we want your input and we want you to get involved in cycling issues in our community.
We’ll have more details about the meeting in the coming weeks, but save the date on your calendars now.
If you’re planning to attend or have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.