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Beltline Trail public meetings

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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

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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

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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

Kay Gardner Beltline trail public meeting

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By , September 6, 2012 12:30 pm

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.

Tune-ups at the Withrow Park Farmers’ Market: Saturday, September 8

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By , September 6, 2012 11:47 am

Ward 29 Bikes and our friends from 32 Spokes are offering free basic bike tune-ups and maintenance tips at the Withrow Park Farmers’ Market Harvest Festival this Saturday, September 8th, from 10 am to 1 pm.  Bring your bike for a tune-up!  Celebrate fresh local food and help us support the market’s Fresh Food Drive (PDF) with a donation, which will go to the Eastview Neighbourhood Community Centre food bank.

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

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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.

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

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

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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

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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.

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