Posts tagged: rides

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.

View Thursday night ride #4: Cedarvale ravine & the Beltline in a larger map

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.

View Thursday Night Ride #3: Leaside, Rosedale, and the Brick Works in a larger map

Ride in the East York Canada Day parade: Sunday, July 1, 2012

By , June 24, 2012 12:20 am

Canada Day parade: Ward 29 Bikes members flying the colours.

Ward 29 Bikes is riding in the East York Canada Day parade to celebrate safe, convenient, and fun cycling in our neighbourhood. And we’d like you to join us! This is your opportunity to fulfill your secret desire to be the centre of attention, riding through the streets of East York while thousands of people cheer you on. Parades make everyone smile, and the fun is doubled when you experience it from inside the parade rather than sitting on the curb.

To join us in the parade, just bring yourself, your family, and your bikes to the parking lot near the old Zellers store in the East York Town Centre (Thorncliffe Mall) no later than 8:45 a.m. on Sunday, July 1. The parade leaves the parking lot at 9:00 a.m. and winds its way through the streets of East York to the big party in Stan Wadlow Park. Wear either red and white or Ward 29 blue. We’ll have some decorations for everyone’s bikes.

Contact us if you’d like more information or to confirm that you’ll be riding with us on Canada Day.

Canada Day 2010: Waving to the crowd on Coxwell Ave.

Small bike

Canada Day parade 2010: It's not the size of the bike, it's how you ride it.

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.

View Thursday night ride #2: Up the Don Valley in a larger map

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.

View Thursday night ride #1 with Ward 29 Bikes in a larger map

East York history bike ride: Saturday, June 11, 2011

By , May 13, 2011 3:50 pm

Join Ward 29 Bikes and the East York Historical Society 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.

Meet at Playter Gardens at the corner of Danforth and Cambridge Avenues any time between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to pick up a route map and additional info. 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. Watch this site or contact us for more information.

We’re also looking for additional volunteers to help before and on June 11. If you’re interested in helping, please contact us or send email to info@29bikes.ca.

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