Enter the contest & you could win a $300 MEC gift card. 

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May 2019

Bike Month is from May 27 to June 30. Celebrate with us!

There’s nothing like a group ride to start off your week. Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Bike to Work Day Group Commute and Breakfast on Monday, May 27. (Nicholas Jones)


Contents 

Get set for Bike Month
#yongeTOmorrow survey
Vehicle-for-hire Bylaw Review
Active and e-mobility
May Member Drive: win a $500 gift card
Building empathy with Road Rules videos
Bike to School Week
Bike Valet is back

Business Member Profile: Sweet Pete's
Newsflash
Events


Bike Month kicks off on Monday, May 27

From group rides to workshops to festivals, Bike Month offers something for everyone.

Enter the Bike Month Contest

Enter now for your chance to win one of six $300 MEC gift cards. It's easy: all you have to do is commit to one of three things: 1) ride your bike to school or work on May 27, 2) participate in our Annual Bike to Work Day Group Commute & Breakfast at Nathan Phillips Square, or 3) ride your bike at least once during Bike Month. The contest closes May 27 at 11:59PM.

Annual Bike to Work Day ​Group Commute

Start off Bike Month with a glorious escorted group ride down Bloor, Danforth, or Yonge to Nathan Phillips Square followed by a free breakfast powered by Live Green Toronto. Get your Bike Month commemorative T-shirt for $5 or free with a Cycle Toronto membership at all official City start points and at the Square while supplies last. 

Enter the Toronto Bike Month Cycling Challenge

Get rewards just for riding your bike - it's that easy. Download the Commute Tracker App now, then log your cycling trips during Bike Month to unlock rewards, from gift cards to coffee.

Visit a Commuter Station

Visit our Bike Month events calendar to find events across the city. We’re also setting up Commuter Stations with our partners on busy bike routes Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting May 28. Stop by and get your Bike Month tote bag packed with goodies.

Get the latest Bike Month updates by following us on Facebook and Twitter and tag us by using #BikeMonth.

Bike Month 2019 is supported regionally by MEC and Smart Commute, and locally by The City of Toronto, Live Green Toronto, CP24, and Jet Fuel Coffee.


#yongeTOmorrow: take the survey

Do you wish Downtown Yonge was safer for people walking and riding bikes? The City of Toronto is carrying out a study (Environmental Assessment) that will focus on the section of Yonge Street from Queen to College/Carlton. This includes exciting opportunities to improve the public realm and increase space for people biking and walking on Yonge.  

We're pleased that the City is inviting residents, business owners, and other stakeholders to inform the design recommendations. But we're concerned that cycling facilities might not be included in the suite of design options.

Here’s what we’re calling for:

  • 1st choice: a car-free Yonge that allows for people on bicycles to use the street at low speeds.

  • 2nd choice: if that's not possible and a travel lane is maintained for cars, we need a dedicated cycling facility on Yonge.

Take a few minutes to do the yongeTOmorrow survey.

Want to get the latest updates on Yonge, and other advocacy campaigns? Subscribe to get Action Alerts. 

At the public meeting on May 9, we heard from people across the board that Downtown Yonge should be a great space for people when they’re biking and walking.


Vehicle-for-hire Bylaw Review

Ride-hailing adds another layer of complexity to our already chaotic urban environment when it comes to road safety - but it doesn’t have to be that way. The Bylaw Review provides an opportunity to make our roads function better for everyone.

We’re calling on the City of Toronto to raise the standards of ride-hailing to help protect people biking and walking. Here are our five recommendations:

We need to raise the standards for ride-hailing operators.


Active and e-mobility in bike lanes

We know people riding in Toronto are concerned about what types of vehicles are allowed in bike lanes. We see an opportunity to create safer streets for all by recognizing that mobility is changing, and that bike lanes, when the proper supports are in place, can accommodate people using mobility devices, scooters, and low-speed electric devices. 

Here's on our take on accommodating active and e-mobility:

Bike lanes offer great multi-modal potential.


It's May Member Mayhem

Renew early and you could win a $500 Sweet Pete’s gift card to kickstart your riding season.

With the gradual return to warmer, sunnier days, the streets are already teeming with people biking around the city. Are you excited to get back on your bike, but missing some key items? Or maybe you need a tuneup like our Keagan, our Director of Programs and Engagement, whose Trek needed some TLC after a long winter?

Get your riding season off to a great start at Sweet Pete's.

We know you're already a member - many thanks for your support!

But you can still enter to win by renewing your membership in May. Or, invite a friend who wants to start riding this spring to join: a $500 Sweet Pete's gift card could be just what they need to get the essentials for a comfortable and stress-free ride. 


Building empathy on our streets: a new video series

Building off of our Road Rules workshop, we took some of the most ambiguous situations between road users as determined by our members and followers, and put them into video form!

Thanks to the generous support of the ECHO Foundation and our partner Toronto Hydro, we assembled a production team and produced four short videos starring our very own cycling educators.

Find out why these spots are nothing like your typical instructional cycling videos. 

Our amazing Road Rules video crew on set (Danielle Griscti)


Bike to School Week is almost here

We’re halfway through the season of Cycling Education Programs covered by the TDSB Cycling Supports program. Over 2,000 students have already received road safety assemblies, rodeos and riding skills programs. On May 6, we hosted a helmet giveaway draw thanks to Bike to School Week local prize partner Vision Zero Toronto. Ten schools from the TDSB and TCDSB will be receiving up to 24 helmets as winners of the Bike to School Week raffle.

Bike to School Week is on from May 27-31 - don’t miss out! There’s still time and more incentives to sign your school up. Join the 500+ schools that have registered.

Helmets on for Bike to School Week (Chantelle Campbell-Sholzberg)


Bike Valet is back

Look out for our friendly team at events like the CBC Music Festival at Echo Beach (May 26). Fun fact: we also park kids’ scooters, trikes, bike trailers, and cargo bikes!

Subscribe to our Events and Promotions list to find out where we'll be this summer.

Our volunteers got to park all sort of bikes at Mayfair Festival (Alison Zimmer)


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 free flat repairs for the first year, a service plan 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 bike fitting, 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 their locations when they show their member card: now that's a Sweet Deal! 

Sweet Pete's makes riding a bike easy (Photos: Sweet Pete's)


NEWSFLASH: cycling in the news


Events

  • May 23, 9:30AM: Infrastructure and Environment Committee Meeting, City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

  • May 25, 1:00-11:30PM: Bike Valet at CBC Music Festival, TD Echo Beach, 909 Lake Shore Blvd. W.

  • May 25, 7:00-9:30PM: BIKEPOC’s Sunset Ride, meet at Neil McLellan Park *Beginner friendly, no drop ride for BIPOC folks who identify as women, trans, femme, non-binary and gnc

  • May 26, 12:00-5:00PM: Bike with Mike, Christie Pits Park

  • May 27, 7:00-9:00AM: 30th Annual Bike to Work Day Group Commute to Nathan Phillips Square, see map for start points

  • May 28, 5:30-7:30PM: Bike Month Commuter Station (and Tuesday & Thursday evenings throughout June)

  • May 28, 6:30-7:30PM: Safe Cycling 101 workshop at the Toronto Reference Library (Beeton Hall), 789 Yonge St.

  • May 29, 7:00–9:00PM: Cycle Toronto Don Valley Midtown Meeting, Leaside Commercial Centre Conference Room, 42 Industrial St.

  • May 30, 5:30-9:00PM: Member Night at MEC (10% off store-wide) and commuter station powered by MEC, 300 Queen St. W.

  • June 3, 7:00–9:00PM: Ward 9 (Davenport) Meeting, Location TBD, 189 Wallace Ave.

  • June 3, 7:00–9:00PM: Wards 10 & 11 (Spadina-Fort York & University-Rosedale) Meeting, CSI Annex, 720 Bathurst St.

  • June 15, 10:30AM-2:00PM: Bells on Danforth, starts at Withrow Park, 725 Logan Ave.


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