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Sauce Weekly: August 17

Sauce Weekly: August 17

1. Bike-In Movie Night (B.I.K.E.): Thursday August 19, 9:30pm

2. BikeSauce Endorses Downtown Cycling Petition

3. Bicycle Film Festival: August 18 – 22

4. TTC Ashbridges Bay Storage Facility (and Leslie Street) Comments: Deadline August 23

5. ‘Sauce meets the Mayor!

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1. Bike-In Movie Night (B.I.K.E.): Thursday August 19, 9:30pm

And the tradition continues. What’s on this week’s bill? B.I.K.E., the amazing Documentary Drama about how two film makers infiltrate an underground bicycle club.

Thursday, August 19, 9:30pm (ish), @ ‘Sauce (717 Queen E)

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2. BikeSauce Endorses Downtown Cycling Petition

You may have seen this petition kicking around BikeSauce. You may have even signed it!

The petition, created by Alan Heisey, is copied below. Sauce was able to collect over 70 signatures so far! These signatures were submitted today, along with a letter of support from Sauce, to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. The Committee meets tomorrow (Wed Aug 18). If all goes well, the petition will make it to City Council for August 24.

Anyone who is interested in writing a letter of support for this petition can check out the Bike Union’s website here for a template letter and strategic email addresses.

Sauce will continue to collect signatures until August 23. So if you haven’t already done so, please stop by, grab a pen, and sign your name!!!

City Cycling Petition

We, the undersigned request that Toronto City Council take action on the following items to make cycling in Toronto safer, and thus encourage more people to ride bicycles and relieve congestion:
1. Connect the Simcoe Street bicycle lanes to the St George Beverley Street bicycle lanes via John street and Richmond street west so there is a continuous north-south bicycle lane route west of the core connecting Bloor Street to the Lake,
2. Separate the Simcoe Street bicycle lanes from traffic between Front Street West and Queens Quay by bollards and or curbs,
3. Complete and separate the Wellesley/Harbord bicycle lanes system and end the gaps in the system at Queens Park and on Harbord.
4. lnstall separated bicycle lanes on either Richmond and/or Adelaide connecting Sherbourne Street and Bathurst,
5. Ensure that the first phase of the Queen’s Quay Pedestrian Promenade terminates at Bay Street and not York Street as it is currently intended.

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3. Bicycle Film Festival: August 18 – 22

Created in 2001, the Bicycle Film Festival (BFF) is a platform to celebrate the bicycle through music, art, and, of course, film.

BFF will grace our fine city from August 18 to 22. For detailed info on showings and locations, visit the BFF website here.

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4. TTC Ashbridges Bay Storage Facility (and Leslie Street) Comments: Deadline August 23

In June 2009, the TTC awarded a contract to Bombardier for the purchase of 204 modern and accessible light rail vehicles to replace its existing streetcar fleet. A new maintenance and storage facility (MSF) is required to maintain and store the new vehicles. The storage facility will be at Ashbridges Bay, turning Leslie Street from Queen St to the Lakeshore into a non-revenue route, where light rail vehicles will be coming and going from the storage barns.

Three leading urban design landscape firms have prepared concepts for the new TTC Facility, including streetscape improvements along Leslie Street up to Queen St. This is our chance to advocate for bikelanes on Leslie Street!!!

The public is encouraged to view submissions from each of the firms, which can be viewed here. All public comments must be received by August 23, 2010 and will be reviewed by an independent panel of jurors.

For more information, check out the TTC website and the City of Toronto website.

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5. ‘Sauce meets the Mayor!

On Friday, August 13, BikeSauce was invited by our good friends over at biCYCle to participate in an event at the Wellesley Community Centre. Three Sauciers headed to the west side of the Don to provide mentorship to youth mechanics giving free tune-ups to community members.

The day was complete with a media frenzy, many pictures/interviews and even a handshake from Mayor Miller.

Here is a picture of our very own Ted talking to the Mayor.

For more info on the event, see the article from the Toronto Star.

http://www.bicyclefilmfestival.com/toronto/

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