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September, 2018

It’s time to plug into our #BuildtheGrid campaign

Want to hit the ground? We've got lots of opportuities to get involved in our election campaign. 

In a few short weeks, Torontonians will cast their votes for a mayor and city councillors who will shape the direction of our city over the next four years. Whether we have 25 councillors or 47, you can help make sure every candidate in this election understands that committing to #BuildTheGrid of safe and connected bike lanes across Toronto over the next four years is essential to winning your vote. Nearly 2,500 people have already pledged their support.

If you've already signed on, share the pledge with someone today: let’s work together to #BuildTheGrid!

Learn more about our three priorities.


Contents 

1 Election advocacy updates: how we're organizing through upheaval
2 Ride for Safe Streets: last chance

3 On the blog: When motor vehicles are weaponized
4 Road Rules: Sharrows
5 Announcing Bloor-Annex Bike & Shop Contest winners 
6 A new project: Families & Educators for Safe Cycling

7 Bike to School: Students lead at Leaside
8 Scarborough Cycles: a new Bike Hub
9 Platinum 
Business Member Profile: Sweet Pete's
10 Newsflash: Cycling in the news
11 Events


Advocacy updates

Election Advocacy Update: organizing to #BuildTheGrid amidst election upheaval

Like many advocacy groups, Cycle Toronto has worked hard to keep up with the unprecedented and extremely challenging municipal election context. Over the summer, we have been engaging with candidates for office and the public to help make protected bike lanes and safe streets a priority issue. In a few short weeks, Torontonians will cast their votes for a mayor and city councillors who will shape the direction of our city over the next four years. We have been watching the decisions at City Hall, Queen’s Park, and in court, and are appalled that our democratic process has been disrupted and Torontonians left with confusion and uncertainty when they should be hearing from candidates on the real issues facing our city. 

Like many of you, we were aghast to learn this week that when the courts found Provincial Bill 5 to be in violation of our Charter of Rights & Freedoms, this decision was overridden by the Province invoking the Charter’s “notwithstanding” clause for the first time in Ontario’s history. Bill 31, the Effective Local Government Act, reintroduces the 25-ward system and compresses the election period to a matter of a few short weeks, with council nominations closing two days after the Bill receives Royal Assent (expected in late September).

Regardless of the size and shape of our new City Council, we will continue to push for change and make our voices heard.

Here are three ways to get involved:

  1. Check out our brand new Advocacy Toolkit 
  2. Want to hit the streets? Get in touch today
  3. Sign and share our #BuildtheGrid pledge

Click through to our news page for more campaign updates and subscribe to our Action Alerts mailing list to find out how to get involved, right now.

West Toronto Railpath: attend the Open House tonight

Our west-end Ward Advocacy groups have been keeping a close eye on the evolving plans for the West Toronto Railpath, and now the City of Toronto is working on the design details for extending the path south from Dundas Street to south of Queen. The West Toronto Railpath is a key route for west-end cyclists, as it provides the only car-free north-south route in the area and connects directly to the Dupont Street bike lanes and the UP Express stop at Bloor Street. The forthcoming southern extension would be transformative for the west-end cycling network as it would provide direct connections to Brock Street, the Argyle Street bikeway, and the Richmond-Adelaide cycle tracks.

We need a strong turnout at the upcoming public consultation to ensure those network connections are baked right into the Railpath design. Attend the City’s public open house tonight to learn more about the project and have your voice heard:

Date and Time:

Thursday, September 13, 2018, 6:00-8:00PM

Location: New Horizons Tower, 1140 Bloor Street West Auditorium)

 

Eglinton West LRT: let’s make sure cycling is part of the picture

There could be impacts to the separated bicycle boulevard  along Eglinton West as a result of a planning and streetscape study that is underway for the  Eglinton West LRT project. City staff will be hosting a walking tour to help identify opportunities and constraints along the corridor. To ensure that cycling remains a part of improving this corridor for everyone, there are two ways to get involved:

  1. Attend the walking tour on Tuesday, September 25 from 5:30-7:30PM departing from Renforth Station. RSVP by Sept 20 to eglintonwestlrt@toronto.ca
  2. Provide your feedback using their interactive online mapping tool

Amplify your support and Ride for Safe Streets on Sept. 22

Now that the election is drawing near, the most active way to show your support to build a safe, connected cycling city for all is to register for the Ride for Safe Streets (RFSS). Help Cycle Toronto raise $50,000 to do the core work we do every day to make sure that cyclists voices are part of the conversation at City Hall, to educate others about safe cycling through our workshops and rides, and to keep the pressure on elected officials during the election and beyond.

Wondering what your options are?

  • Register* for $40 & you'll get a fully escorted ride with 10 km and 25 km options (both end at Christie Pits Park for lunch)
  • Donate $30 or more & you'll be entered to win $500 to VIA Rail, PLUS get a Cycle Toronto membership

*Once you’ve registered, you can also opt to fundraise to waive the registration fee. You can also unlock milestone prizes, like gift cards to Curbside Cycle and Sweet Pete's.

Want to recruit a friend, collegue, or family member? Here are two ways:

  1. Watch and share two new videos of participants Danielle and Melissa, who tell us why they rode and why you should join them this year
  2. Tag them on our Instagram posts, where we share why Torontonians are riding for change 

New on the blog: When motor vehicles are weaponized

A few weeks ago, the CBC released a troubling video which captures someone deliberately hitting a person biking with their car along the Martin Goodman Trail. Read our take on why the Highway Traffic Act fails to capture the severity of deliberate acts of aggression that could cause serious injury or death. Incidents like this remind us that when it comes to building safer streets for all, we need to advocate for dedicated infrastructure - but just as important is fostering a culture shift that rejects road violence.

Photo: CBC News


Road Rules: Sharrows

Nope, sharrows aren't sufficient cycling infrastructure on arterial roads - but there is a lot of misinformation on how they are intended to work. We’ve developed a handy visual as part of our Road Rules education series to better explain. Remember: regardless of road markings, you're always entitled to take the lane!

Check our Twitter for more #RoadRules as we head into fall. 


Bloor-Annex Bike & Shop Contest: announcing winners

Winner Rebecca took a 'ramen selfie' at Santouka

This summer we ran a social media contest encouraging people to share where they bike and shop along Bloor Street in the Annex neighbourhood. We’re pleased to announce our two grand prize winners, Rebecca (who enjoyed a delicious meal at Hokkaido Ramen Santouka) and Anne (who is all set to take some Instax photos at Annex Photo). Rebecca and Anne will receive $250 to spend at Curbside Cycle or Sweet Pete's respectively, with ten other lucky winners getting $50 gift cards to local businesses.

 

 

Winner Anne got Insta-ready at Annex Photo

The contest may have wrapped up but we encourage you to continue to share how the Bloor bike lanes enhance your day-to-day life. Tag us on Twitter and Instagram using #BloorLovesBikes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Announcing Families & Educators for Safe Cycling

An inspiring example of an engaged group of students, families, and educators advocating for safe streets

We are so excited to announce our new joint project: Families and Educators for Safe Cycling. Led by our long-time partners CultureLink Settlement & Community Services with funding from the Metcalf Foundation, and supported by Cycle Toronto and The Toronto Cycling Think & Do Tank, this project aims to engage, train and support parents & guardians, teachers, administrators, and students in advocating for safer streets near their schools. We're working in schools in and around four areas of the city:

  • Bloor St West (Shaw to High Park Ave);
  • Danforth Ave (East York);
  • Jane & Finch (near CultureLink’s new bike hub on Tobermory Dr);
  • Eglinton Ave East (Victoria Park to Kennedy).

To kick things off, we are looking for opportunities to meet with groups of parents & guardians in these areas interested in working on an infrastructure advocacy project, such as: getting bike racks at their school, reducing speed limits, and/or getting a bike lane  installed on a nearby street. Project staff are available to attend school council meetings and other opportunities to speak with families and educators within these four project sites.

Live in one of the four project areas? Contact Sam Perry to get involved or help book a school visit.


Bike to School Project: students lead at Leaside

New bike lanes help students ride to school at Leaside HS (photo: Vanessa Mo)

Students at Leaside High School came back to school to discover a bike-friendly transformation of their school’s driveway and parking lot. The school now has freshly installed protected bike lanes, thanks to a redesign led by the Sustainability Office at TDSB with input from the Bike to School Project. In October, Grade 9 students will experience the lane firsthand as they participate in a curriculum-linked, five-lesson unit that introduces cycling as part of an active and healthy lifestyle during gym class.

Contact Chantelle Campbell-Sholzberg to arrange a program at your school.


New Scarborough Cycles Bike Hub

A key partner on the Scarborough Cycles Project, Access Alliance, has obtained funding through the City of Toronto’s, new Community Bike Hub program and will be launching a new Scarborough Bike Hub this October in the Lawrence-Orton community. The new space will be located at 3939 Lawrence Ave. E. and will offer a range of programs such as hands-on bike repair workshops group rides. Stay in the loop by subscribing to their newsletter.

 

 

Building bike culture across Scarborough neighbourhoods (photo: Scarborough Cycles)


Platinum Business Member Profile: Sweet Pete's

Sweet Pete's believes there is a bike out there for everyone and they make it their job to find it for you. They want to inspire people to ride bikes.  All of their new bikes come with an unlimited one year service warranty and a lifetime warranty on the frame. Find them at 1204 Bloor West (west of Dufferin), in the Annex at 517 Bloor West (east of Bathurst), and at Evergreen Brickworks. They offer kids’ bike swaps, group rides, clinics, info nights, charity events, demo days, and much more. Cycle Toronto members receive 10% off on parts and gear at any of our locations: now that's a Sweet Deal!

Sweet Pete’s is also offering one of the milestone prizes for the Ride for Safe Streets - find out how you could get $500 to spend at their store! 


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