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June is Bike Month! Free pancakes and T-shirts at City Hall!!

It all starts with “Ride Your Bike to Work Day” — and that is Monday May 30, 2011. I’m going to ride the Dundas East route from Kingston Rd to City Hall along the great Dundas Street Bike Lanes (people will gather at Kingston Road and Dundas for 7:30 AM). All the starting points across the city are on this great Google Map I’ve embedded below – I’ve zoomed in on the East end of downtown and popped up the Dundas start point info box – click on the link below to go to the larger Google Maps version and check out your neighbourhood.

View Toronto Group Commute 2010 in a larger map

Paul Young, health promoter at South Riverdale Community Health Centre sent along this email today:

This Monday coming – May 30 is the kick off for Bike Month. And at 7:30 AM at Dundas and Kingston Rd a bunch of people will bike to City Hall for free pancakes, etc. – sort of an early morning party for cycling.

It would be great to see you. Some of you remember the long campaign to have bike lanes installed on Dundas E. (they went in . . . what? 7 years ago??). Yikes! They are a little butchered at the moment but mostly still there so let’s celebrate.

Please Note: I have since learned that T-Shirts will NOT be available at our start point – only at Yonge and Bloor or at City Hall. So you’ll have to wear your own T-shirt and hope for the best at City Hall. If it rains your odds go way up! If it’s sunny, well that makes for a nicer ride – either way you win!

Other events and start points here.

Hope to see you!

If you live in the Beaches, or Leslieville or the South Riverdale neighbourhood you know that a contractor has just finished running a hydro corridor under Dundas Street from Greenwood to Logan. They had to dig a 1 metre trench – and almost all of it was right down the middle of either the east bound or west bound bike lane. I’ve ridden the lanes 4 days a week in both directions for the last two months – and by now they’re not bad – for a patch job!

And it’s all the more reason to come out and support the idea of sustainable transportation – and at the same time make sure our councillors know we want these lanes resurfaced and re-painted soon!

See you on Monday!


Posted: May 25th, 2011
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