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WANTED: Help for Open Streets TO

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Open Streets is coming to Toronto on Sunday, Aug. 17, and Sunday, Aug. 31!  Stretches of Bloor and Yonge are OPENING up to the public… letting these streets realize their full potential without cars taking over.

But, Open Streets needs help.  Please consider helping them out (more information at this link) with:

Information Aids

  • Answer questions for volunteers and participants at a designated information booth

  • Volunteer check-in & out

  • Handle lost & found

  • Handle lost children & parents

  • Keep records and organize paperwork

  • Liaise with First Aid Responders in emergency situations

Ambassadors 

  • Responsible for oversight of a “hard closed” street

  • Point of contact for participants as they enter the route

  • Assist with set-up & take-down of barricades

  • Ensure unauthorized vehicles do not enter the route

  • Answer questions as necessary

  • Assist “Route Rocket” volunteers with entrance & exit of authorized vehicles

Route Rockets

  • Circulate through a portion of the route for the duration of Open Streets TO

  • Ensure stub streets & intersections are staffed with appropriate number of volunteers

  • Routinely check on “Ambassadors” & “Intersection Monitors”, offering biology breaks, answering questions, etc

  • Advise participants and volunteers of the beginning & end of Open Streets TO

  • Respond to emergency situations via communication with Command Centre

  • Assist with entrance & exit of authorized vehicles

** Requires use of your personal bicycle

Early Risers

  • Assist with route set-up

  • Assist with Activity Hub set-up

  • Assist with operations & logistics set-up

Intersection Monitors 

  • Stop participants & keep them safe while police officers allow traffic to cross Open Streets TO route

  • Provide detour information as necessary

  • Answer questions as necessary

via Cycle Toronto Facebook Page

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CAA Introduces “Bike Assist” for Ontario Cyclists

CAA Bike Assist

This is by far the best idea I’ve heard in a long time… and was actually searching the CAA site a few months ago looking for something like this.

caa-bike-assist-logoThe Canadian Automobile Association of South Central Ontario is starting a service called “Bike Assist“, which provides assistance to CAA members when they are out on their bikes:

As Ontarians make a shift towards a greener lifestyle and with more and more commuters using their bikes as their main vehicle for transportation during the summer months, we’re introducing CAA Bike Assist, roadside assistance for your bike. If you run into a problem that cannot be fixed on the spot, CAA will tow you and your bike to wherever* you need to go. It’s available as part of your membership 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Members will not have to pay extra to be eligible for Bike Assist as it will now be a new permanent benefit for existing Members!

This is obviously excellent for CAA members who also bike (remember, not all cyclists are crazy cycling extremists – I’d say most cyclists in Toronto are also drivers, pedestrians and transit users), but also people who don’t own cars.

The basic CAA membership will run you $72 per year, or $6 per month.  With that, you get 24/7 roadside assistance and up to 4 “tows” of up to 10 km.

If you do a lot of touring and what extra kilometres, $113 per year with CAA Plus gets you 4 “tows” of up to 200 km.

What do you think?  Would you use this service?

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