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NEWS: Cycle Toronto’s Ward 15 Group Launches

Great to see another Ward group launching.  Follow Ward 15 on Facebook, or on Twitter at @ward15bikes

Our Ward 15 Bikes group is born! Their mission? To improve the streets of the Eglinton Lawrence area, welcoming more people to the streets by bicycle! Thanks to everyone that attended.

via Cycle Toronto – Facebook Photos.

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HOW TO: How to run a Ward Group – A glimpse at Ward 18

4a04462165d7e16ec9253f73dc3327cfJust a quick shout-out to Ward 18 in the city’s west end.  They’ve released the minutes from their latest meeting and there are some things in there other groups (or wannabe groups) can learn.

FUN! Ward 18 has really stood out for me during the past year as I try to keep abreast of bike stuff in Toronto (and in turn pass it along to you here on BikingToronto) as they run unique and fun sounding events. A Garden Ride, a Polka Ride, a Portugese Custard Tart Ride.  Fun is how you get people involved and engaged.  Not politics, not advocacy.  Fun.  Politics and advocacy are a by-product of engaged and committed people… brought together by fun.

ENGAGEMENT: Ward 18 pays attention to infrastrucure – where bikelanes are needed, and how to improve access to existing trails, but they realize that infrastructure is only 1 of many agenda items.  I’ve read too many Ward group minutes that talk only about bikelanes and nothing about engaging the ward community.  With enough engagement, the infrastructure is easier to get.

PARTNERSHIPS:  Ward 18′s first item under planning events for 2014-15? “Keep W18 events free and accessible to all.”  This is followed by an idea to engage with cyclists in nearby apartment buildings by working with supers to get access to party rooms and lobbies, perhaps working with Bike Pirates to offer free tune-ups. Ward 18 understands that partnerships often make things easier.

Anyhow, these are my quick impressions from their latest minutes.  Go download the PDF for yourself.

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via: Ward 18 July meeting notes posted – next meeting is Monday, August 11 | Cycle Toronto.

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OH YEAH: Why Riding Your Bike Makes You A Better Person

Overall a good read. Too much emphasis on cycling for recreation though. All of these things apply to even cyclists like me who mainly just commute to work and go on an occasional longer ride for the fun of it.

From the 2,500-mile Pacific Crest Bicycle Trail to the colorful RAGBRAI across Iowa — complete with party buses and the occasional costume — it’s safe to say that long-distance cyclists lead extreme lifestyles. But as it turns out, logging miles upon miles on two wheels is also a fast track to health. Whether you pedal regularly or haven’t been behind the handlebars since your ride had training wheels, we could all learn a thing or two from cyclists.

Here’s what cyclists can teach the rest of us about leading a happier, healthier life.

Full Article: Why Riding Your Bike Makes You A Better Person (According To Science).

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WANTED: Models for Cycle Toronto Campaign

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Via CycleToronto:

We’re looking for cyclists to star in a streetcar ad campaign about cycling in the city!

We’ll be running streetcar ads in September to “normalize” bike commuting for people who might be hesitant to try riding to work or school. The ads will have photos of Toronto cyclists riding their bikes on city streets, with each cyclist’s first name and a few words about who they are and why they love to ride. The ads will also link to an online toolkit with resources on safe riding and on how to advocate for better local infrastructure and support at work or school.

Photos will be taken the morning of Sunday, July 20, and the evening of Monday, July 21. You must be available, with your bike, for at least one of these dates. Monday will also act as a rain date forSunday.

Interested and available? Please email a paragraph description of yourself to siva.v@cycleto.ca by Monday, July 14. We’re looking for a diverse group of people of all backgrounds, ages, and cycling abilities/interests, so please be specific about why you think you’d be a great cyclist to feature!

We’ll get back to you by Wednesday, July 16 about whether you’ve been selected for the campaign. Please note that we are not able to offer compensation beyond a digital copy of the photo we take of you.

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ADVOCACY: Ghost bikes move us all

Many of the cycling activists who installed a ghost bike memorial at Spadina south of Dundas last fall didn’t know Carla Warrilow. She was struck and dragged under a truck while cycling on October 16, 2013. It took firefighters 15 minutes to free her, and she died a week later from her injuries.

Ghost bikes are seen by family members as sad tributes to lost loved ones, and by cycling advocates as reminders to bike safe. The fate of the bikes has become an issue for the Public Works Committee since City Hall started receiving inquiries from cyclists and families opposed to their removal last year.

More: Ghost bikes move us all | NOW Magazine.

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