This coming Saturday (October 4), Janet Joy Wilson of Ward13Bikes, and Amanda Lewis, both of whom work in the publishing business, have put together a books and bikes event called The Reading Line. It will start at Book City in Bloor West Village at 9:30 am, and we will be meeting authors and riding our bikes all along the way.
I had read about the Green Line on this excellent website; It is a strip of land just north of the railway tracks that parallels Dupont St. on the north side. The potential is there to develop a connected series of parkettes and other pieces of land into something like a continuous green route from the west end to downtown. Perhaps not a bike commuting corridor per se; more like an extended linear park that would be a neighbourhood amenity.
Our route starts at Symington and Davenport. On Saturday, we’ll get here by using the Annette/Dupont bike lanes. Here, we are looking east along Davenport. There is a bike lane, but unfortunately it disappears under the railway bridge.
Once we reach Geary, you can see that the powerlines turn back towards the east. On the south side of Geary, there is a lot of open space, with some of it being parking, and other parts being parkland.
The next major street is Ossington. On crossing like this, sidewalk ramps would help. Also, you would need some sort of road marking, and perhaps an overhead pedestrian crossing light. It is a challenge since the traffic at these crossings is high speed: the cars coming from the south (from the right) have just crossed under the train tracks.
Right at Shaw, there are also these markings on the sidewalk. I’m not sure what the intent is since there isn’t a crosswalk across the road. There is also a bike lane along Shaw, but perhaps cyclists were in the habit of biking along the sidewalk under the train tracks?
This is where our ride will turn back, after some readings and a BYO picnic lunch.
If you look on the map, you can see that there is potential to extend the Green Line to Bathurst, and perhaps even to Spadina. I took that last picture where the yellow bike symbol is placed on the map.
Hope to see a lot of people out next Saturday.
Please join us anywhere along the route for the various meet the author events as per the following schedule:
- 9:30am | BookCity Bloor West Village | Catherine Bush
- 11:00 | Geary/Dovercourt West Side Meadow | Shawn Micallef
- 11:20 | Geary/Ossington Geary Ave Parkette | Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer
- 11:40 | Geary/Shaw Garrison Park east end | Amy Lavender Harris
- 12:00 | Frankel Lambert Community Garden/Christie north of Dupont | Christina Palassio
- 12:20 | Picnic at Frankel Lambert Community Garden/Christie north of Dupont | Tanya Neumeyer (spoken word)
As a side note, although Lucy likes her bike seat, she developed a habit of leaning hard to one side or another while riding so that she could see ahead.
We had an incident about two weeks ago where she fell out of the seat. Fortunately the harness kept her from falling off the Xtracycle. However, the problem was that the perimeter of the seat was not very rigid. I have since taken off all of the foam under the wooden base of the seat (which decreases the chances that the seat tilts on the Xtracycle’s wooden deck), and I found a plastic bin that fits under the fabric seat cover, but makes the foam walls of the seat much more rigid. These pictures show the nature of the modifications. We’ve had no issues since the mod.
The walls of the bin fit the foam perfectly on three sides.