Monday, May 28, 2018

Ward 30 Bikes Spring 2018 News

Happy Spring everyone! With the weather in full spring mode we hope you're been out enjoying life on 2 (or 3) wheels!

A quick recap...

Back in February Bike Share Toronto announced another major expansion, with Ward30 shaded in their expansion zone map  

In April, a few awesome Ward30Bikes volunteers were out doing free compost delivery at Monarch Park and Jimmy Simpson Park for people in the community (ya, you can carry stuff on bikes!)

In May Cycle Toronto celebrated their 10 year anniversary at a great night at CSI Spadina. And a last week the bollards finally came back to the Viaduct (about 7 weeks later than expected), but finally here, and we're told they are permanent (safety isn't seasonal!).

We've been busy getting ready for upcoming events (ding ding.. Bells on Danforth), here's a run down of the major things happening this spring:

Bike to Work Day - Monday May 28th

It's here! Bike Month starts tomorrow! And the big kick off is Bike to Work Day. We're hosting a Community Start Point together with South Riverdale Community Health Centre's Bicycle Repair Clinic:

7:30am departure: Orchard Park
Dundas Street East at 10 Edgewood Drive Toronto, ON M4L 3G8.
7:40am - We will pause at Dundas & Jones to refresh the flowers and observe a minute of silence in memory of the cyclist killed there on May 16th.
8:00am arrive at City Hall for a pancake breakfast

BikeMonth Calendar Listing:
Facebook event :

You can also register for the Bike to Work Day contest for a chance to win cool prizes if you sign up on the official page:

Bike Month

Ah Bike Month, 30 days when the city goes nuts with Bike Events!

Every Tuesday and Thursday there are Cycle Toronto organized Commuter Stations. Stop by to get a free Bike Month 2018 branded tote bag full of giveaways from Cycle Toronto's partners.

You can check out the official event calendar and join in as many of the amazing events as you can (free popcorn at Hot Docs to people arriving onbikes!)

Withrow Farmers Market - June 2nd

Our local farmers market is back for another year, opening day is June 2nd. You can find us there with our friends from Ward 29 Spokes (ourbike loving neighbours just north of the Danforth).

We'll be doing bike safety checks, and we will have a copy of TCAT's Complete Streets Game to play around with:
Complete Streets Game, as seen at our last social gathering at Left field Brewery

And since this is also one of Ward30's Free Compost Days, we'll also be doing some FREE compost delivery by bike.

Bells on Danforth - June 16th

The annual pedal-powered family friendly bike parade is back! New start location - Withrow Park. End point will be the Oakrdige CRC Fun Fair for a BBQ Bike Rodeo Raffle for a Kids' bike

10:30am Gather
11:00am Depart

Advocacy & Road Safety

It's been a heartbreaking times for our city. Toronto's "Vision Zero" road safety plan has been around for 2 years now, and we're trending with more deaths then before. On May 16th a person riding his bikealong Dundas St East was killed. As at that time, he was the 17th pedestrian or cyclist killed in 2018. Since then, a child riding his bicycle on the sidewalk of Avenue road was struck by a person driving an SUV, and a 20 year old man riding his bike in Stoufville was killed in a hit and run.

Our local councillor has called for improvements to Dundas bike lanes in the wake of the death, including a request to the city for the first 'dutch style intersection" in Toronto. The following week at council, our councillor managed to get a significant vote to simplify the process for installing traffic calming in neighbourhoods.

But the implementation Toronto's version of Vision Zero is incredibly slow. Within our community, we cycling advocates are frustrated, sad, angry and every emotion that goes with the tragedies of road violence. Ghost Rides are far too frequent, and the implementation of the city's road safety plan is poorly funded and infuriatingly slow.

This is an election year. Please make your voice heard. Please, tell your local candidates that road safety matters to you. Ask them what they will do to make our streets safer. Demand it from our mayoral candidates, and demand that our mayor appoint members to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee that actually champion road safety over minutes saved in car commutes.

Candidates are posted on the city's website here: (Keep in mind, we are now becoming Ward 36).

Thanks everyone.
Stay safe and enjoy the ride,

Ward30Bikes (soon to be Ward36!)

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Cycle Toronto Action Alert: Danforth Ave Planning Study Meeting, Dec 11th

Republished by Ward 30 Bikes from a Cycle Toronto email Action Alert: "Action Alert: Danforth Ave. Planning Study Meeting, Dec 11"




December 6, 2017

Community Meeting on the Danforth Ave. Planning Study: Give your feedback on analyses on built form, public realm, & Complete Streets.

Danforth Avenue
Rendering of Danforth Ave. with built form possibilities. Source: City of Toronto.


Dear [YOU!],
City of Toronto staff will hold their fourth Community Meeting for the Danforth Avenue Planning Study on Monday December 11. This is our opportunity to elevate the conversation about bike lanes on Danforth since the scope of this planning study includes coordinating with the City’s 10-year Cycling Network Plan and developing Complete Streets policies for the study area. Come share your thoughts and visions for the community. 
Date & Time:
Monday, December 11 2017
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Hope United Church

City staff will be sharing updates from the study thus far on (1) built form (building, height, scale, and massing) and (2) public realm analysis. There will also be a chance to review other work done to date, and learn about key deliverables and study timelines looking into the new year.

Cycle Toronto staff and volunteers have been working hard to demonstrate the broad support that exists for safer streets across the city, and to clearly communicate why bike lanes on Danforth are a critical part of a robust network of cycling facilities across Toronto. Protected bike lanes on Danforth would help to address many road safety concerns and provide opportunities to add vibrancy to the public realm. Danforth is a wide street too. At 16.5m, it’s significantly wider than all of the east-end alternative routes. There is more than enough space on Danforth to add cycling infrastructure and maintain almost all the car parking.

We need your voice at this upcoming Community Meeting to ensure that protected bike lanes on Danforth are a priority. City Staff are now finalizing the Official Plan Amendment and developing Design Guidelines for this corridor, and they will be reporting to Toronto and East York Community Council early in the new year. Let's let them know that Danforth Loves Bikes!

Visit the City's website for more information about the Danforth Avenue Planning Study.

I hope we can count on you.

Kevin Cooper
Campaigns & Engagement Manager

Republished by Ward 30 Bikes from a Cycle Toronto Action Alert: "Action Alert: Danforth Ave. Planning Study Meeting, Dec 11"

Michael Holloway
Ward 30 Bikes


What's Wrong with the Trail Closure at Booth Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard?

Below is a overview of the completely unacceptable detour protocols for cyclists in this Trail closure.

If automobile driver detours at construction sites were as badly conceived and executed as this detour for cyclists was, it would be lead story at all of Toronto's daily news outlets.

Allie Harris images post at Biking Toronto - Facebook Dec 1, 2017 11:21am.

Gerry Brown image of LSET closure sign
west of Booth looking east
Biking Toronto Facebook Dec 1 2017.
So they closed the trail. OK fine.

In Gerry Brown's photograph, the sign indicating the Trail is closed appears to be located about 50m west of the closure.

At the time in the construction phasing when the photographs by Allie Harris were taken, there appears to be no safe passage through the construction zone that would allow cyclists to 'dismount and walk' their bike's through. The only way through are two scofflaw ones: Carry your bike on your shoulder and dart into westbound curb lane of Lake Shore Boulevard and around; - or - Carry your bike on your shoulder and stride amoungst construction debris, uneven ground, open trenches, construction tape and cones.

If you're pulling a trailer with your kids in - you're going to have to back-track to the first available alternate route.

For westbound cyclists I assume there is a 'cyclists dismount and walk' sign at Logan. If so, this sign is paced at a point where there is a reasonable detour route immediately available (safe route - north on Logan to Dundas; westbound on Dundas to River; south on River to Bayview and take the Corktown Common Trail under the tunnel and then south to Lower Don Trail.

A shorter, quicker (and less-safe) route (for which a detour sign should have been placed at Carlaw) is to back-track to Carlaw (which is 300m east of the closure and 211m east of the assumed detour sign at Logan) and take Carlaw south to Commissioners St; west on Commissioners to Don Roadway and then north to Lake Shore Boulevard East Trail (LSET) at Lake Shore Blvd..

Westbound Detour Choices:
Westbound Trail Closed signs needed at Carlaw/LSET (south route) and at Logan/LSET (safe north route).

Eastbound Detour Choices:
Eastbound Trail Closed signs should have been located at the north reaches of Corktown Common Trail (1); at the tunnel/LDT (2), at the intersection of the north-south LDT and the east-west LDT (3), at Don Roadway and LDT (4), at Villiers (5) and at Commisioners (6) at Don Roadway.

For eastbound cyclists who come upon the Trail Closed sign at near the line of Bouchette St the nearest alternative route is 500m behind - they must turn around and pedal all the way back to Don Roadway and and take one of 3 possible routes: shortest detour, south on Don Roadway Trail to Commissioners St, east to Carlaw Ave and north back to LSET at LSB).

This south option is a dangerous route with sparse lane markings, no sidewalks and very wide, high speed lane configurations. So with kids, your likely going to have to back-track west and then north to a 'fork' in your options (this safe route is a 706m backtrack from the Trail Closed sign).

Safest route: through the tunnel at Corktown Common, then north towards Lower River St, to Dundas, east to Logan, and back down to the LSET

 - Or -

Don't take the tunnel and head north on the Lower Don Trail to the Queen Street bridge stairs (unload your kids out of the trailer and tell them to wait for you - now walk the bike, and then the trailer up the stairs), then travel east on Queen to Logan; and south to Logan on the other side of the closure.

The proper detour configurations for this week long closure should have been signage placed at key intersections which are potential beginning points of reasonable detour routes.

Back-tracking by drivers back on routes they have just traversed that are closed to through-traffic would not be considered acceptable construction detouring - why is it OK for closed cycling routes?

Michael Holloway
December 2, 2017

Text (edited for clarity) via a Dec 2, 2017comment on a December 1, 2017 post at Biking Toronto by Allie Harris (images not attributed were created for this article by the author) |

Michael Holloway
Ward 30 Bikes
December 6, 2017