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April 2019

The countdown is on! Join in the Bike Month celebrations from May 27 to June 30.

From Commuter Stations to festivals to group rides, Bike Month has something for everyone (Nicholas Jones)


Contents 

Bloor: sign the new pledge
Meet our Advocacy Committee
Network Now
Congrats to our March Member Magic winner
Countdown to Bike Month
Refresh your skills at a cycling workshop 
Bike to School Project updates
Families and Educators for Safe Cycling
Announcing our new Board members
Volunteer with us
Retail on Main Streets Study

TCAT job opportunity
Business Member Profile: Urbane Cyclist
Newsflash
Events


Bloor: sign the new pledge

On April 16, Bells on Bloor convened 100 residents to rally behind the call to extend the Bloor bike lanes west from Shaw St. to High Park Ave. 

Westward Ho! brought out a crowd keen to get working on a westward extension (Jun Nogami)

Want the Bloor bike lanes extended west? Here are three things you can do, right now:

  • Sign our new pledge and share it with a friend who rides or wants to start.
  • Subscribe to get Action Alerts. 
  • Tweet your photos and experiences riding on Bloor west of Shaw St., tagging @CycleToronto, @BellsonBloor, @BloorLovesBikes.

Let’s show City Council that we’re out riding, and it’s time for the infrastructure to catch up.


Meet our Advocacy Committee

Ever wondered how we sustain momentum to effect change across hot button issues related to cycling in Toronto? As we look ahead to another busy campaign period, we wanted to introduce you to our mighty Advocacy Committee. From extending the Bloor lanes, to getting protected bike lanes on the Danforth, to demonstrating what protected intersections can feel like, they’re working behind the scenes, writing policy submissions, and meeting people in neighbourhoods across Toronto to build support for bike lanes. 

Our Advocacy Committee is instrumental to our work to get protected bike lanes built, like here on Adelaide St. (Nicholas Jones)


Network Now: Strengthening and Growing Cycling Infrastructure in Toronto

We are excited to announce the renewal of funding for our Bikes Now (now called Network Now) collaboration with the David Suzuki Foundation! In 2016, we set out to build a constituency and a culture that support cycling in Toronto by forging partnerships with a strong coalition of groups, including schools, residents’ associations, BIAs, physicians, pedestrian advocacy groups, and leading city-builders.

Notably, we built advocacy capacity on major corridors with our Bloor, Danforth and Yonge working groups. These engaged groups now have the tools, resources, and strategic plans in place to push for implementation during this term of council. Get highlights from the first two years of working together, and find out what’s next.

Our friendly canvassers at work on the Danforth 


Congrats to our March Member Magic winner: a special story

Long-time Cycle Toronto member Lorraine was our lucky March Member Magic winner. In a story that illustrates how generous and warm-hearted our members are, Lorraine decided to share her winnings with a friend in need, Travis. Travis had a rough year, which included having his beloved bike stolen - leaving him without his main form of transportation. 

Stay tuned for the rest of the story in our May Ring & Post.

Huge thanks to Urbane Cyclist for donating the bike that Travis will get to enjoy, to kick off another great season of riding


Countdown to Bike Month

Bike Month starts on May 27 and runs throughout June. Did you know this year marks the 30th Anniversary of the Bike to Work Day Group Commute? You won’t want to miss it. Make sure you’ve marked it on your calendars to join in the glorious group ride from four official start points across the city, meeting at Nathan Phillips Square for a celebration and breakfast.

Bike Month offers an invitation to ride (Nicholas Jones)


Refresh your cycling and bike maintenance skills with a free workshop

Thinking about getting ready to ride this spring or want to brush up on your bike maintenance skills? Our free workshops are a great opportunity to refresh your memory. From learning the basics of riding in the city, to getting your hands dirty with bike maintenance, our workshop presenters will help you build skills, knowledge, and confidence.

And don’t just take our word for it: here’s what long-term rider Lawrence had to say about our new Road Rules workshop:

“...this workshop is valuable for a broad audience, including experienced cyclists, as a refresher of the rules that they should know, plus new cyclists, who may not be knowledgeable of the laws that apply to them, and even non-cyclists/pedestrians, as it provides insights into the rules of sharing the road with other users.” – Lawrence Ludlow, Intelliware

Subscribe to our Events and Promotions list to find out where else you can find us this spring.

Workshop presenter Rick at Intelliware (Kendra Borutski)


The Bike to School Project gets rolling

The Bike to School Project has finished training and begun the season full of Cycling Education programs all across Toronto. Educators enjoy team-building as they ride across the city. Elementary and secondary schools are receiving a host of programs thanks to the TDSB Cycling Supports Program. Programs include; Ready to Ride: Fun & Safe Cycling, ABC Safety Checks, Bike Rodeos, Riding Skills and more. If you are connected to a school that would like to receive a program on a fee-for-service basis, please contact cycling [at] culturelink [dot] ca

Cycling educators get ready to lead rides and workshops to students across the city (Chantelle Campbell-Sholzberg)


Families and Educators for Safe Cycling

The Families and Educators project is in full swing this spring! We’re developing a new family cycling print resource that we’ll launch in a few weeks. We’ve delivered presentations to many School Parent Councils on the enormous safety impact adding bike infrastructure has on unsafe arterials, Bloor being the prime example. We’ve organized teams of Parent Champions and Educator Champions in four Toronto neighbourhoods, and are looking to add to the ranks. Interested parents and educators can email Project Worker Sam Perry at sperry [at] culturelink [dot] ca. We’re organizing school communities in support of bike infrastructure projects--large and small--aimed at making it safer and better for children and youth to bike to school.

Here’s a preview of our new resource for families who bike (Jay Dart)


Announcing our new Board Members

Join us in welcoming our four new Board Members, Ashley Quan, Eric McGoey, Lachlan Holmes, and Valkyrie Savage. They bring talent, expertise, and a strong connection to our mission.

Meet Ashley, Eric, Lachlan, and Valkyrie (David Keogh)

Another successful Dutch Auction 

We’re thrilled to announce that altogether we raised nearly $10,000 at an entertaining (read: limbo challenge) Dutch Auction, where our fearless leader Jared Kolb demonstrated his willingness to do just about anything for the cause. Our members' generous support means we can deepen our advocacy work, which is more important than ever as we get our Bloor, Danforth, and Yonge campaigns rolling.


Volunteer with us

Our first volunteer orientation of the year was a blast! We welcomed 30 people to CSI Spadina to learn about how they can contribute to Cycle Toronto and help make their communities more bike friendly. Once we finished the presentation (and the pizza) we held a volunteer activity relay where participants learned how to set up and take down our Bike Valet racks, make phone calls to our members, bag T-shirts, and attach lights to bikes. Get ready to see some fresh faces at Bike Valet and Bike Month Commuter stations this year! 

Miss out on the orientation? Our next one is on May 6, from 6:30-8:30PM at CSI Spadina (192 Spadina Ave.)

Cycle Toronto volunteers and staff welcoming people to the Ride for Safe Streets (David Keogh)


City of Toronto Retail on Main Streets Study

Do you bike to shop? We encourage you to take a few minutes to fill out the City of Toronto's Retail on Main Streets Study. It's a great opportunity to connect the need for safe and comfortable conditions for active transportation to shopping locally and supporting vibrant main streets.


TCAT job opportunity in Markham

Do you have a passion for sharing your love of bicycles and encouraging more people to ride? The Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) are hiring a Coordinator to administer a Community Bike Hub in Markham, ON. Apply by April 26 at 5:00PM.

Getting more people riding in Markham (TCAT)


Platinum Business Member Profile: Urbane Cyclist

Urbane Cyclist is your summer bike adventure centre! On Monday May 13, Urbane, Salsa and Marin Bikes are teaming up to host a one-of-a-kind mountain bike demo day in the Don. You won't want to miss these shred-worthy bikes!

 

For Bike Month, Urbane is hosting their popular Bike Touring 101 talk. Come learn about travelling by bike or participate by sharing some of your own wisdom from the road. Want an adventure that's closer to home? Drop into an Urbane Adventure Club ride, their inclusive no-drop all-fun ride series. Stay tuned for dates and details - more events announced soon! 

Follow them on social media at @urbanecyclist or subscribe to their newsletter.

Warmer weather calls for adventure. Ride with Urbane!


NEWSFLASH: cycling in the news


Events


Platinum Business Members

 

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