Story by Darja Pilipovic, Photos courtesy of The Reading Line
The Reading Line - Book Ride May 30
Calling all cyclists and bibliophiles!
If you're looking for an original bike tour experience and love literature, you will thoroughly enjoy the Reading Line. Organized by bike advocates and colleagues Amanda Lewis and Janet Wilson, this ride aims to raise awareness of routes in need of infrastructure improvements while promoting literacy in the city.
Books are selected from a wide range of genres (including childrens' books) and authors present their city-changing ideas throughout the tour.
This year's book ride is geared towards the redesigned intersection and complete streets approach at Six Points, and the need for bike lanes along the length of Bloor. The ultimate goal being to connect West Toronto with the city centre along a potential east-west corridor that would be perfect for cycling.
Books on Bloor will take place on May 30th, 2015, along the length of Bloor Street in Toronto. Cyclists will meet at the corner of Jane and Bloor at 10:15 am. This year's Book Ride will launch from 22 Division Police Station at 11 am where local politicians and authors will speak about local neighbourhood and urban planning. Food will also reportedly be available. The ride will then continue with the Police Bicyle Unit to High Park, where many more speakers will talk about their ideas and literary works. The ride will have a total of eight stops and read locations along Bloor, the final stop being the parks across Castle Frank Station where you'll get to see Alissa York and a trio of children's authors and illustrators.
You're encouraged to visit Type Books on Queen Street West starting May 17 to pre-purchase The Reading Line author's books, as there will be a limited number of books available along the route.
Please remember to bring water and snacks for the ride!
If you can't attend the whole ride, you're more than welcome to cycle on and off as is convenient, the ride is FREE!
For more information about this ride, and to download the complete schedule, please visit: thereadingline.ca/books-on-bloor/
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