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June 20: Thursday Night Ride – Ward 29 History

Take a Thursday Night Ride with Ward 29 Bikes! Our popular social ride series returns this year with a mix of old favourites and brand new routes. Starting from Playter Gardens parkette at the corner of Danforth and Cambridge (one block west of Broadview), we’ll take a leisurely bike ride through some of the historical sites in Ward 29 before returning to the Danforth for dessert and socializing. Meet at Playter Gardens at 6:15 p.m. The ride leaves at 6:30 p.m.

full details: Bike Month 2013.

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Case Ootes is Retiring

Case Ootes, who has been city councillor for Ward 29 Toronto-Danforth since 1994, has decided to leave city politics.

Links:

Toronto Star: Case Ootes calls it quits

Toronto Sun: Case closed: Ootes retires

City Website: Case Ootes

BikingToronto:

Ward 29 Group

Ward 29 Forum: Case Ootes Retires

cootesThis is pretty significant news, as Ootes has held Ward 29 for 17 years… a Ward that straddles the dense urban residential environment of the Danforth as well as the slightly more dispersed but equally monied old borough of East York.

Ootes was once a fairly vocal and aggravating opponent of bikelanes in Toronto… and held up bikelane installation for months or years (notibly the Cosburn bikelanes) requesting extra reports, etc, even if the bikelanes were no where near his Ward. This changed a bit during this last term of Council, as Council streamlined the bikelane approval process, effectively preventing stall tactics like the ones Ootes used.

Although Ootes is not liked by bikelane advocates in Toronto, it is worth noting that politics is a profession where one must try to balance the needs and wants of all constituents in order to survive, and it’s something that Case must’ve been good at to hold Ward 29 for so long.

Ootes was deputy mayor under Mel Lastman from 1997-2003, and helped guide the City through the first years post-amalgamation.

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Ward 29 Bikes Meeting – Tues, Oct. 6

Ward 29 Bikes of the Toronto Cyclists Union would like to invite you to an open meeting on cycling advocacy on Tuesday October 6.

This an opportunity to sit down informally and discuss priorities and strategies for improving cycling east of the Don Valley.

We want to share information with other east-end cyclists, hear about what’s happening outside our ward, and join forces on issues that affect all of our neighbourhoods.

Whether you want to begin a cycling advocacy campaign in your neighbourhood, discuss ideas with other local cyclists, or just listen, please join us on Tuesday.

Who:
Ward 29 Bikes , Toronto Cyclists Union, and all east-end cycling
advocates
What: Meeting to discuss priorities and strategies
Where: Timothy’s World Coffee, 320 Danforth Avenue (Carrot Common, NE corner
of Danforth & Jackman Avenues)
When: 6:00 p.m. Tuesday October 6, 2009
Please feel free to share this with others, or send us an email at
info@29bikes.ca

We look forward to seeing you there!

Posted via web from bikingtoronto’s posterous

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Report from the Ward 29 Bikes Public Meeting

Cycling advocate and BikingToronto reader Todd Tyrtle attended the Ward 29 Bikes Public Meeting last Wednesday, and brings us this report of things Dan Egan (Manager of Cycling Infrastructure for the city) talked about at the meeting:

(originally posted in the Ward 29 section of the BikingToronto Forum)

You’ll have to forgive me for taking terrible notes. Next time I go I’ll bring the digital recorder and can provide an mp3 of the audio if you like. Fortunately it appears that 29bikes.ca is going to be publishing an account of what happened in better detail than I’m about to provide.

And frankly, I only took decent notes on Dan Egan’s (Toronto Mgr of Pedestrian and Cycling Infrastructure) presentation. By the end of that one I was more engaged in the presentations than my notebook. Some interesting things came up in his presentation that I, for one, hadn’t heard about.

- Richmond and Adelaide bike lanes have been on hold for a while waiting for disposition of what to do with the Gardiner. They’ve decided that they don’t want to hold up any longer. Though he didn’t give a target date for their installation, he did say that the project has been resurrected and that a lane separated by bollards is a likely choice for installation.

- He mentioned that other similar bollard-separated lanes may also be considered for other places like Bayview south of Moore. Along with this he mentioned that the city would need to investigate a dedicated means of snow removal from bike lanes if this were to go forward since trucks could no longer be used for this purpose.

- Hydro corridors are being heavily investigated. Gatineau and Finch corridors are major contenders and could add 40 km of dedicated paths. The challenge, of course, is that there are other stakeholders involved since the land is not city-owned.

- They are looking in to a remedy for conflict zones at the Bloor Viaduct both westbound and (YAY!) eastbound as well.

- They did mention that maintaining traffic flow and parking are a priority. (I’m conflicted on this one. On the one hand, I totally understand the motivation, on the other hand, if you say that a bike lane can’t go in that affects traffic or parking we’re not going to get far)

- They are investigating the possibility of a bike lane on the uphill side of Pottery Rd up to Broadview. At the same time there is talk about redesigning the Bayview/Pottery Rd intersection to be less like a highway interchange and more like a city intersection.

- Bayview extension may get bike lanes and the idea of adding curbs and sidewalks to make the area more like a city street than a highway is being investigated. At the same time they are looking at improving connections between Bayview and infrastructure (better connections, for example to belt line and Don trails)

- Millwood rail underpass is being investigated for improvement.

- Connection between Millwood and Bayview via Redway is being pursued.

- A greenway trail is being looked at to parallel the Allen expressway

And while I realise that none of this is definite, it is encouraging to see so much activity. I have much more of an impression that people within the city government are working towards the same goals as we are. Sure, not all will be approved, some might not be funded but the intentions are there. It is clear that the city wants to work with us and that feels pretty darned good.

Photos from Ward 29 Bikes

Discuss this in the BikingToronto Forum.

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Reminder: Ward 29 Bikes Public Meeting Tonight

Ward 29 Bikes invites you (Yes, you! Even if you don’t ride a bike!) to a public meeting on Wednesday, June 17, 2009. City staff and local cyclists will be on hand to discuss the current and future state of cycling in and around Ward 29/East York. If you want to know what’s happening in the community, please join us:

What: Ward 29 Community Meeting for those who cycle (and those who’d like to)
When: Wednesday June 17, 2009—Open House at 6:30 p.m., meeting starts at 7:00 p.m.
Where: East York Community Centre (1081 Pape Avenue at Torrens, between O’Connor and Cosburn)
Who: City of Toronto staff, local cyclists, cycling advocates, and you!
Why: Because we want your input and we want you to get involved in cycling issues in our community.

We’ll have more details about the meeting in the coming weeks, but save the date on your calendars now.

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