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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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TONIGHT! Wed, July 23 – Cycle Toronto Ward 15 Launch

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Local residents have organized this open event to announce the creation of Cycle Toronto’s newest ward advocacy group in Ward 15. Cycle Toronto Formerly Toronto Cyclists Union is a diverse member-supported organization that advocates for a health, safe, cycling-friendly city for all.Join us for a keynote presentation by Kristin Schwartz about the role of cycling in the movement for safe routes to school, followed by an open floor for questions and answers.

via Cycle Toronto Ward 15 Launch.

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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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EVENT: Wed, July 15 – Cycle Toronto Ward 15 Launch

CycleToronto_CAPSDate: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 – 18:3020:00

Location: Maria A. Shchuka Library – 1745 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto.

Cycle Toronto is excited to announce the launch of the Ward 15 Advocacy Group!

Keynote presentation by Kristin Schwartz, coordinator of Bike Host and the Bike to School Project.  She will discuss about the role of cycling in the movement for safe routes to school, followed by an open floor for questions and answers. This event is open to all members of the public that wish to attend. Everyone is welcome and community stakeholders have been invited..  There will be a informal social at Chalkers Pub following the event.

For questions about this event, or the Ward Advocacy Program, please contact mark.romeril@cycleto.ca

This event originally posted on Cycle Toronto‘s BikeEvents.TO calendar. BikingToronto has partnered with Cycle Toronto to help get the word out about news and events.

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PHOTOS: Ward 18′s Portugese Custard Tart Ride

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 Ward 18 has cool events.  Last weekend was their 2nd annual Portugese Custard Tart Ride.  This post has a bunch of photos, and check out the home page of their Tumblr for more!  You can also connect with them on Facebook and on Twitter.

We had perfect weather (not too hot and not too cold) and great company for our 2nd Annual Custard Tart Ride.

Thank you to everyone who came out to join us! We hope you enjoyed all the baked goods on the tour as much as we did!

More Photos: Ward 18 Cycle Toronto — We had perfect weather (not too hot and not too….

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