Group Commute: Monday, May 30, 2011

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By , May 19, 2011 3:00 pm

Join Ward 29 Bikes for the signature Bike Month event, the Group Commute to City Hall. Groups of riders from the east, west, and north will all converge on Nathan Phillips Square for the anual pancake breakfast and kick-off to a month-long celebration of cycling. The Danforth ride departs from Woodbine at 7:00 a.m. Members of Ward 29 Bikes will be joining the ride at the corner of Danforth and Chester Avenues (just to the east of Carrot Common) when it rolls by around 7:20 a.m. Hundreds of cyclists will cross the Bloor Viaduct and connect with the other groups heading to the morning’s festivities at City Hall. Contact us if you need any additional information. We hope you see you there!

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

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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

Pottery Road Reconstruction

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By , May 13, 2011 3:37 pm
Update, May 19: the closure is now scheduled to begin on Tuesday, May 24.
For those cyclists accustomed to accessing the Don Valley, the Brick Works or Todmorden Mills via Pottery Rd. a change of route will soon be required.
The City expects reconstruction of Pottery Rd to last from Monday May 16 to September 6—the whole summer! (Exact dates will probably change though). An alternative route into the Don Valley is Beechwood Drive (at Broadview and O’Connor; see Google Map).
From the official Construction Notice (download PDF):
Local business access will be maintained (although only from one end of Pottery Rd, access either from Bayview Ave or Broadview Ave), and pedestrian access from Broadview Avenue (to Fantasy Farms & Todmorden Mills) will also be maintained. However there will be no through traffic on Pottery Road during construction… Work will typically take place from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday, with work after hours and on weekends as required.
There’s no mention to what extent construction will affect  (north-south) traffic along the Don Valley recreational trail.
Once reopened in the Fall the rehabilitated Pottery Rd. will feature a 2 meter wide segregated, shared pathway on its western flank (much like it does presently); and bicycle friendly redesigns of the Pottery Rd pathway’s line beneath the DVP overpass as well as the Don Valley Recreational Trail/Pottery Rd. intersection.

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