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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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HOW TO: One Simple Tip That Could Save a Cyclist’s Life

Checking for cyclists should be a routine and heavily emphasized part of driver education, especially now that many more cities are encouraging cycling and installing painted bike lanes, which often put cyclists right in the door zone unless they are riding at the lane’s far edge. Using your mirrors and also turning to look over your shoulder are the best way to do it – just the way you avoid crashing when changing lanes in traffic.

Read More: One Simple Tip That Could Save a Cyclist’s Life – CityLab.

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HOW TO: Cycle in a Skirt, Using a Penny and a Rubber Band

Summer is for cycling and summer is for skirts—but how on Earth do you reconcile the two? It turns out that you can, with only a penny and a rubber band. This video explains how.

via Cycle in a Skirt, Using a Penny and a Rubber Band.

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HOW TO: Five things I’ve learned about commuting by bicycle in Toronto

So, a few summers ago, I tried biking a few days a week to save money and build a workout into my day. Soon, I was biking every day.

Fall arrived, so I put on sweats, gardening gloves and my running jacket. Winter followed, so I pretended I was cross-country skiing, and added wool socks, fleece, Gortex ski gloves and a hat.

Now, I’m among the die-hard 1 per cent of Toronto cyclists who commute year-round, and I get grumpy when I miss a day. I feel like something’s been stolen from me.

I’d like to share five things I’ve learned about commuting by bicycle in Toronto:

Read More: Five things I’ve learned about commuting by bicycle in Toronto | Toronto Star.

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HOW TO: How to Bike to Work

Have you discovered the sheer joy of riding your bike to work? Not only will you beat congestion and save time and money on parking, but you will also arrive feeling happier, healthier, and ready to tackle your day. Here are a few simple tips to help you get started.


You will want to find a bike that is outfitted with fenders, racks or baskets, lights, and make sure you have a secure lock so that your bike is waiting for you where you left it.


Choose a pannier if you want your bike to carry your load or opt for a backpack if you want to carry things on your back.

Full Article: How to Bike to Work – Momentum Mag.

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