Bringing Cyclists Together in Ward 28


Inspired by last year’s Parkdale-Roncesvalles Cycling Town Hall in Ward 14  and Ward 30's bike summit in 2013, Cycle Toronto’s Ward 28 group hosted their own town hall.

Story and Photos by Robert Zaichkowski – May 6, 2017

On May 4th, the same day as Jane Jacobs’ birthday, Star Wars Day, and the one year anniversary of city council approving the Bloor pilot project Ward 28 gathered for a town hall meeting. Not even the persistent rain and flood warnings could stop roughly 30 community members from coming together at the Regent Park Community Centre on Shuter Street!

With Peter Rogers as the emcee, he welcomed community members from diverse neighbourhoods such as the Distillery and Canary Districts, Corktown, and Cabbagetown, as well as introduced the five keynote speakers. Those were Ward 28 Councillor Pam McConnell, Ontario Environment Minister and MPP Glen Murray, Ajandan Sivam with MP Bill Morneau’s office, Shawn Dillon who is the new Manager of Cycling Infrastructure and Programs, and Kristin Schwartz of CultureLink.
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Atlantic Community Cycling Conference: May 7 in Dieppe New Brunswick

One small bike co-op in New Brunswick looks to the future of cycling on the East Coast.

Story by Cayley James

Toronto is not the only city in the country trying to improve infrastructure and collaboration between cyclists these days.  The Atlantic Community Cycling conference, set to take place on May 7 in Dieppe New Brunswick, aims to improve conditions across the East Coast. The conference is hosted by the cycling cooperative La Bikery. The day long festivities are looking to bring together planners, activists and policy writers from across the Maritimes and connect them with the cycling enthusiasts in Dieppe, Riverview and Moncton (aka the tri-community area). Their goal is a day of: “constructive dialogue and networking about how we can work together to make our cycling community stronger, more vibrant, and resilient!” Featuring a trade show, gear swap, key note speakers and panels, the inaugural Atlantic Community Cycling Conference is an ambitious outing.

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Bikes on Reels Part 6: Ovarian Psycos

For more than 100 years we’ve been riding bikes and going to the movies. In this new dandy series we examine how two of the world’s most noted pastimes intersect. When and how have two wheels been caught on film? Over the next six months I’ll be examining cycling in films. It’s one part film review and one part bike nerd exploration. From coming of age nostalgia, to surreal escapism, to film noir and everything in between, here is the sixth story in the series

The Ovas - Image courtesy of Ovarian Psycos 

Cycling is the medium and the Ovarian Psycos message is a world free of violence against women.

Story by Cayley James

This month I  want to take a look  at a documentary film that champions community and explores the concept of escape and liberation. Many of the films I’ve written about for this Bikes on Reels series have dealt with these themes. But this one is different. Feminism, cycling, and rider’s relationships with cities have always been at the heart of dandyhorse, and Ovarian Psycos scores top points in each one of these categories.

I saw Ovarian Psycos (2016) at Hot Docs last year and left the cinema with my brain buzzing. The documentary about a women of colour cycling collective is the inspiration behind the Bikes on Reels series. The women at the heart of the movie speak to everything I love about cycling. Founder, Xela de la X says: “I started taking my bike to work, and I remember being able to navigate through the traffic with ease. I had never felt that kind of freedom before then. At that moment, I wanted to share this with other women. ”

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Riding Tandem With Your 8-Year Old

Algo MacNada, Max, and daughters ride their trail-a-bike to Moss Park Arena
Photo by Derek Rayside

How do you get your entire family riding together?

Story by Derek Rayside

The Toronto Island Bicycle Rental’s recent sell-off of their old bikes has prompted many people I know to think about getting a tandem. Kathleen wants a bike to ride with her husband. Faisal wants to help his 8-year old keep up with his 14-year old. Sobia wants a better commuting option for taking her 8-year old and 3-year old to school. This article will give you some tips on buying a tandem in Toronto, with a particular focus on riding with children who have become too large for a trail-a-bike, but are not yet old enough to keep up or to navigate traffic on their own.

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WARD 28 Events for Bike Month!

Are you ready for Bike Month Toronto? The calendar is filling up with amazing rides, panel discussion and cycling related activities. Ward 28 (Toronto Centre - Rosedale) has a couple of very exciting events lined up.

On Thursday May 4, 6:30 PM at the Regent Park Community Centre, is hosting Ward 28 Bikes! - a forum which includes all levels of government and a chance to meet others working on local cycling issues.

Their panel will features Toronto-Centre MPP and Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Glen Murray, Shawn Dillon from the City of Toronto, Ajandan (AJ) Sivam from MP and Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s office and Kristin Schwartz from CultureLink and Cycle TO, with opening remarks from city councillor and Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell.

There'll be door prizes from local bike shops: Cycle Solutions, Ya Bikes! and Switchback Cyclery too! So if you're a downtown denizen you should not miss this event.

 Lemon Bucket Orkestra

Then on June 1 get ready to dance! At 7:00pm head down to the Music in St.James Park with Lemon Bucket Orkestra. A Bike-Powered concert by Tune Your Ride. This concert is sponsored by the St. Lawrence Market who will present a special BBQ in the Park from 5-7 pm. This event will also include information tables from: Cycle Toronto, Charlie's Freewheels and springtime tune-ups by bikeSauce.

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