Bells on Bloor is on June 18 at High Park, rain or shine. After many years of being organized by Albert Koehl, Bells on Bloor is being put on by a team of volunteers, led by Hamish Wilson and Angela Bischoffwith a big assist from Peter Low, and other volunteers from Ward 13 of the Toronto Cyclists Union.
You should see a whole bunch of cyclists (this picture from 2009) Please roll your bikes up off the roadway,so that you are not blocking car traffic, or the bike lane into the park. The park will be busy that day, since there is also a fun run that will still be wrapping up around noon.
The route will be a little different than year’s past. We will go along Bloor as usual, but instead of turning south at Avenue road to link up with Queen’s Park crescent, we will go east a little further to Bay, turn south (there are bike lanes on Bay), and turn back west on Wellesley. We will cross Queen’s Park crescent, and congregate in the Park just across the street from the back of the Parliament Building. The point to the route extension is to publicize the lack of bike lanes in the newly revitalized section of Bloor (which will be having its official opening the same evening).
One new feature this year will be that I will be leading a group ride back to Ward 13. We will not have police escort, but we will have several marshalls with us at the front and the back of the group.
You can get a fuller description here.
The plan is to leave about 20 minutes after the last riders reach Queen’s Park. We will take a short ride along Wellesley, under the bridge, taking a brief break for anyone that has to take a bathroom break (Hart House) and then back along Harbord to Ossington, etc. We will end up at Runnymede PS. We can drop off riders at several points, including the West Toronto Railpath, Annette and High Park, etc.
For more information on the ride, there is a facebook page.
You can also read about Bike Lanes on Bloor here.
Hope to see you on June 18th!