Friday, June 16, 2017

Cycle Toronto Ring & Post, June Edition

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June 2017
  Bike Valet at AGO. Photo by Danielle Griscti. 
Bike Month Is In Full Swing!
We kicked off Bike Month with a rainy Bike to Work Day on May 29th. Despite the wet weather, we had hundreds of commuters join us in the group ride from different start points all over the city. Thanks to Mayor Tory and all City Councillors that joined us!
There’s lots of Bike Month left. Join us this Saturday for Henderson Brewery & Sweet Pete’s Family Bike Daynext Saturday for Bells on Danforth or at one of our Commuter Stations. For a full list of events click here.
Stay in the loop of everything that is happening during Bike Month by following us on Facebook and Twitter and tag us by using #BikeMonth. 
Bike Month 2017 is presented by MEC. Special thanks to CLIF Bar, our Lead Toronto Partner. Local partners of Bike Month 2017 include Smart Commute, Bike Share Toronto, CP24, St. Lawrence Market, Jet Fuel Coffee and NOW Magazine.

Students from schools along Bloor St. at the Students for Bloor Press Conference. 
Largest Bike To School Week Yet!
The 4th Annual Bike to School Week took place from May 29-June 2 where more than 430 Toronto schools registered to participate! All four districts of Toronto were represented, demonstrating the promise and potential for cycling across the city. 
During the week, students from five schools near Bloor Street hosted a press event calling on Toronto City Hall to make the Bloor Street bike lanes permanent and extend them east and west. Students shared their thoughts on biking to school along the Bloor Street bike lanes and expressed their ride is now safer and more enjoyable due to the protection that keeps motor vehicles at a distance. 

Join or Renew Your Cycle Toronto Membership During Bike Month & You Could Win a $500 MEC Gift Card!

Bike Month is halfway through and there are so many more events left to celebrate riding a bike in Toronto. This is a great time to invest in a better future for cycling in the city. Join or renew your Cycle Toronto membership now, and you’ll be entered to win a draw for a $500 gift card from MEC!
Apart from the great variety of cycling events taking place every day, our advocacy campaigns continue along Bloor, Danforth and Yonge. We’re educating riders at library workshops around the city. Our member services have also expanded to include one free lock cut per year plus our standing flat-fix coverage, free legal advice and member discounts at select retailers across the city. 
With so much cycling greatness, there’s never been a better time to become a Cycle Toronto member. Come celebrate with us this Bike Month and join or renew your membership today.

Photo by The City of Toronto. UPDATE: PWIC on The Lower Yonge Precinct Plan
Last week, the Public Works & Infrastructure Committee (PWIC) considered an update on the Lower Yonge Precinct Plan. The preferred designs recommended by City staff recognize and embrace how local residents are moving in the 21st century and include recommendations for cycle tracks on Lower Yonge, Church & Jarvis and a multi-use path on Harbour. Read our full submission hereThe report was unanimously approved by PWIC. We’ll keep following the issue and provide updates as they happen.
Photo by The City of Toronto. 

Campaigns Update: Danforth, Bloor & Yonge - Loves Bikes!
Join us for Bells on Danforth!
Bells on Danforth returns for the 6th annual family-friendly bicycle ride across the Danforth on Saturday June 24th at 10:30am. Again this year, the parade starts with a rally at Prince Edward Viaduct Parkette and wheels east to Danforth and Danforth Road, the Crossroads of the Danforth.
With a study for protected bike lanes on Danforth coming forward to City Council this Fall, we’re working hard to build local community support. Do you want to help with canvassing? Email us at
New numbers on Bloor Street 
The number of people riding in the Bloor Street bike lanes is as many as it has ever been, and the Bloor Loves Bikes team has been working in step with the business community to make the most of that. In the meantime, the City held another packed open house last week where they released fresh statistics showing that a large majority of people who live in the area want to keep the bike lanes. If you haven’t already, sign our Bloor Loves Bikes pledge, and stay tuned for an exciting update from our campaign team very soon.
Yonge Street Survey
The City of Toronto is looking for input on transportation plans in the Yonge-Eglinton Area. Fill out their Midtown In Focus Travel Survey now. Midtown in Focus is a design study that will help guide public realm improvements in the middle of our city, including the possibility of bike lanes on Yonge Street. Last Saturday, Yonge Loves Bikes hosted a group ride down Yonge Street to draw attention to the need for protected infrastructure on this busy corridor. Riders joined in for an escorted, family-friendly ride from St Clair down to Lake Ontario for a picnic in the park. Let's make bike lanes on Yonge a reality.Sign the pledge now!

Cycling Education: What to Do in Case of a Collision?
If involved in a collision with a motor vehicle while riding your bicycle, remember these 4 things:
1) Stay calm, 2) call out for witnesses, 3) record the licence plate number and 4) call the police.
You can find these steps on the back of your member card. Contact us if you require legal advice.
Looking for more tips?  Review Pat Brown of McLeish Orlando's advice on our Legal Spin page.

Infrastructure Ride on May 17, 2017. Photo by Danielle Griscti. 
Cycle Toronto Rides: 101 Bike Tours & Bicycle Music Fest Sunset Series
Last night, we had the first of four Cycle Toronto Rides the City 101 Bike Tour.  We will be offering these guided group tours on a monthly basis from June to September. These rides are geared toward newer riders who want to build confidence on the road &  learn about Cycle Toronto while we navigate Toronto streets. Learn more about these upcoming rides here.

We’re also pleased to announce the Toronto Bicycle Music Festival Sunset Series, which brings you free concerts in parks across the city! Cycle Toronto will be leading group rides along the Pan Am Path to each of these events 45 minutes before showtime, so make sure to save the dates in your calendar. The first event will be on July 18 where we’ll ride from Riverdale Park East to Flemingdon Park. You can find information about all of our events here
These rides are supported by which has been made possible by the Toronto Foundation, Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Government of Ontario, Toronto Arts Council, Community Foundations of Canada and the Government of Canada, the Toronto Star, and the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund. Special thanks to the Friends of the Pan Am Path.

Cycle Toronto Bike Valet at Fort York GarrisonPhoto by Danielle Griscti. 
Bring Bike Valet to Your Community Festival: Apply to the Bike Valet Community Fund!
Thanks to a successful grant from MTO and a partnership with our Gold Business Member Toronto Hydro, we are pleased to announce our Bike Valet Community Fund for 2017! We have the opportunity to provide Bike Valet in 2017 at a select number of events across the city at no cost to event holders. Priority will be given to 1-2 day events from July to September that are free and open to the public and hosted by a non-profit, charity, community organization, or Business Improvement Area (BIA). Learn more on our Bike Valet page. Don’t qualify but still want Bike Valet at your event? For more information, visit here.

Jack Johnson Partners with Cycle Toronto
On Sunday June 4, Cycle Toronto teamed up with Jack Johnson to host Bike Valet at his 2017 Summer Tour Concert. Our partnership with All At Once, Jack Johnson’s social action network connecting nonprofits with people who want to become active in their local and world community, didn’t stop there. They will be matching every dollar we raise through donations at events and online from June 1- September 1, 2017 up to $2,500 USD. To have a double impact on making Toronto a healthy, safe, cycling-friendly city for all, donate now. All At Once comes to life online at 

Platinum Business Member & Bike Month Presenting Partner: MEC
MEC is a retail co-op that sells exclusively to members. A lifetime membership is $5, the same since 1971. Members get the best products at fair prices, access to rental gear, one of the best guarantees around, and 1% of every sale goes to support the outdoor community. As cycling is an activity many MEC members do, we expanded our product offering in 2010 to include MEC-brand bikes. Since then, MEC's cycling line-up has evolved to include bikes from GHOST, Ridley, Cinelli and Intense. Visit their stores or for all your cycling gear.

NEWSFLASH: Cycling In The News

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Commuter Stations
Locations from June 15 to June 30
  • Thursday, June 15: Bike Month Commuter Station powered by MEC at Mel Lastman Square
  • Tuesday, June 20: Bike Month Commuter Station powered by CLIF Bar
  • Wednesday, June 21: Bike Month Commuter Station powered by Bloor Loves Bikes at Christie Pits
  • Thursday, June 22: Bike Month Commuter Station at Kew Gardens powered by MEC
  • Tuesday, June 27: Bike Month Commuter Station powered by Bike Share at Madison and Bloor
  • Wednesday, June 28: Bike Month Commuter Station powered by Steam Whistle at Lower Simcoe and Lakeshore Rd
  • Thursday, June 29: Bike Month Commuter Station powered by Foodora at Coronation Park

Platinum Business Members
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