This video shows that:

  • biking in downtown Toronto ain’t so bad
  • the trails along the Don Valley Parkway are actually very challenging and there’s a lot of variety and varied terrain there
  • there’s even a dirt jump park and lots of features scattered along the trails as well

The City of Toronto in Ontario, Canada, is developing a 1,000 km Bikeway Network that will:

  • link cyclists with neighbourhoods and destinations across the city
  • serve both commuter and recreational cycling
  • be comprised of:
    • connected bicycle lanes
    • shared roadway routes
    • multi-use pathways in parklands as well as hydro and rail corridors
  • be reached within a five-minute bicycle ride for all Toronto residents when completed

Did you know about the 2012 Inventory of Toronto’s Paved Major Multi-Use Trails?

  • Between 2001 and 2012, 70 km of the Bikeway’s networked proposed bike trails were built, for a total of 191 km.
  • Short sections of major multi-use paths which branch off of the City’s Trail System to provide street access are now included in the bike trail inventory.
  • In total, approximately 95 km of paved, major multi-use trails are now mapped in excess of what was tabulated as part of the 2001 Bike Plan.
  • These bike trails may now be included in Transportation’s Trail planning process, and considered when discussing new connections, surface and width upgrades, maintenance, and similar issues.

This is an update to my previous blog Calling Cyclists: Public Meeting on Proposed New Trail Connections in Toronto Feb. 6, 2012.

City of Toronto informs us about the following outcomes of Trails Planning Public Open House:

  • “Transportation Services has compiled the input received from the public open house that took place on February 6, 2012, at the Northern District Public Library to help plan and prioritize future bike trail projects.
  • Respondents cited continuity of the trail network as their number one concern.
  • The importance of trail continuity reflected itself both in concept, as well as in the ranking by respondents of which bike trail projects they would like to see prioritized for construction.”

As listed below, there are three fabulous Bike Month 2012 events in Toronto.

The NFB Mediatheque invites you, your family and friends to the following frugally fun event:

CAN’T SIT STILL & ANIMATE THIS!

NATIONAL BIKE SAFETY WEEK

MEDIATHEQUE
150 John St. (at Richmond St. W.)

Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3C3
Phone: 416-973-3012

Can’t Sit Still | May 5 at 10:30 AM for children aged 3 to 5

Animate This! | May 5 & 6 at 12:30 PM for children aged 6 to 13

Screening Program | May 5 & 6 at 12 PM for all ages

Register Today by Calling 416-973-3012.

$5/Child; FREE for Accompanying Adults

You're Invited to a Filmmaking & Animation Workshop with Screenings May 5-6, 2012

You're Invited to a Filmmaking & Animation Workshop with Screenings May 5-6, 2012

“Biking is a great way to get exercise, to be kind to the environment & to spend quality family time. Unfortunately, it’s one sport with many dangers.

Practice bike safety with your children through this fun filmmaking workshop using paper cut-out animation techniques.

Kids will get to use their imaginations to think through some of the rules of bike safety while illustrating their stories.

Wear a helmet, save your melons.”

CN Spurline Celebration

New CN Leaside Spur Trail

May 12, 2012

10 am

Bond Park

  • Join the local councilor, Saturday May 12, at 10 am in celebration of the completion of the new bike Trail built on the former CN Leaside rail line to create the CN Leaside Spur trail in order to connect north and south Don Trail:
    • seen on a map as a light green line just north of Eglinton Avenue East and just east of Leslie Street
    • and traces a curved path almost to York Mills Road
  •  Staff will be available to answer any questions that residents may have about the bike trail and its construction.

Bike Month 2012

You're Invited: Fabulous Bike Events in Toronto May 5-6,12 & 28, 2012

You're Invited: Fabulous Bike Events in Toronto May 5-6,12 & 28, 2012

“Around the world in many cities, there are Bike to Work days, Weeks and Months.

These celebrations are to raise awareness of the benefits of cycling, and to try to encourage people to ride their bikes more.

Bike Month 2012 will be presented by the City of Toronto and the Toronto Cyclists Union:

  • “Over the next three years, the Toronto Cyclists Union will take over many of the promotional and administrative jobs which have been done in the past by the City of Toronto to make Toronto Bike Month a success.
  • The promotion of Bike Month will transition from being an effort driven by the municipality to one led by the Toronto Cyclists Union.
  • The City of Toronto will continue to work with the Cyclists Union, and cycling community in support of Bike Month.”

Bike to Work Day

May 28, 2012

7a.m- 10 a.m.

Toronto’s 2012 Bike Month events kick off with the Toronto Group Commute:

  • The Bike to Work Day event will be taking place Monday May 28, 2012.
  • Come out and enjoy:
    • FREE pancake breakfast (while supplies last)
    • and FREE event t-shirts (while supplies last)
  • Commuters from around the City meet to ride together from start points and converge at Yonge and Bloor for 7:30a.m.
    • City start points are staffed with ride coordinators and a Police escort.
    • Riders will receive a FREE Bike Month t-shirt as well as complimentary breakfast at City Hall (while supplies last).
    • This event is organised by the City of Toronto and the Toronto Cyclists Union.
    • The ride leaves from various start locations at 7:00a.m and meets at Yonge and Bloor for 7:30a.m.
  • From there the Bike to Work Day ride heads to Nathan Phillips Square for 8:00a.m to enjoy a complimentary pancake breakfast and other festivities.

Group Commute Start Locations for Bike to Work Day:

City Start Points:

  • 7 am Bloor and High Park
  • 7 am Yonge and Lawrence
  • 7 am Danforth and Woodbine
  • 7:30 am Bloor and Yonge
  • 8 am Arrive at City Hall: Ride arrives for Breakfast at 8:00 AM

Community Start Points:

  • 6:45 am Don Mills and Lawrence
  • 6:30 am Humber River Waterfront trail Thunderbird bridge
  • 7:30 am Dundas East and Kingston Road

City of Toronto Contact Info:

Phone within Toronto city limits: 311

Phone outside city limits: 416-392-CITY (2489)
(can be used within Toronto if you can’t reach 311)

TTY customers: 416-338-0TTY (0889)
Fax: 416-338-0685
E-mail: 311@toronto.ca

If your matter is urgent, please call them. They are open 24/7.

Always call 911 for emergencies.

Happy Bike Month 2012!

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