Today was Bike the Park, a Bike Month event put together by the the Ward 13 and Ward 14 groups of Cycle Toronto. The plan was to tour several points of interest in High Park by bike. Adding to the event was the presence of several of our local representatives.
Here we are at the start, just by the Grenadier. The numbers were not quite what we had hoped. Perhaps people were put off by the threat of rain in the forecast.
MPP Cheri diNovo gave us a blessing before we started riding.
Here is her tweet about the one meter rule, which she originally introduced as a private member’s bill at Queen’s Park several years ago.
Scott from Bikeshare Toronto advertised their service. They had offered to provide free bikes for the duration of the ride, but the one party of five who reserved bikes didn’t show up!
Our first destination was Colborne Lodge. Starting down the hill.
At Colborne Lodge, someone from the historical society gave a brief presentation and John Howard and the history of High Park.
Next, the steep part of the ride down the hill. Toronto Police were good enough to block traffic for us, just at the point where we turned onto a bike path before the Queensway.
Janet Joy and Peggy Nash lead us towards the zoo.
Ward 13 Councillor Sarah Doucette met us at the zoo.
Meeting “Noel” the baby reindeer.
Of course there were llamas.
It was good to hear that the zoo is back in the base budget for the City, and is now focused on fundraising for upgrading facilities, rather than simply surviving.
After the zoo, we started back up the hill on Spring Rd.
The kids should be especially proud to make it to the top of the hill, where we heard about the history of the High Park summer school.
Janet Joy tells about the school, which has been used for various purposes over the years. One of our riders actually attended the school over one summer and had fond memories of the experience.
We ended the ride close to the entrance of the park, where there was some information about Cycle Toronto.
Here are the people from Wards 13 & 14 that organized the ride, along with Peggy Nash. From left to right, Laura, Janet Joy, Danielle, (Peggy) Mary Jo, and myself. Janet Joy really took the lead in organization, along with the outreach to our local representatives.
Just at the end of the ride, the rain that had been threatening finally started in earnest.
All in all, a pleasant ride, and we will hope for more riders the next time.
Next up for Ward 13: Bites on Bikes, Sunday June 15, 11 – 1, meet at Grenadier Parking Lot for a ride to some of our favourite food shops in the neighbourhood, and then a ride down to the lake for a picnic!
Tagline: we bike, we eat, we shop local!