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Sauce Weekly: January 16

Sauce Weekly: January 16

Another Sauce Weekly! Oh my!!! There’s so much going on in the next few days…

1. Bike Building Blitz!: Wed. Jan. 19, 6pm
2. City Budget Public Consultations: Wed. Jan. 19, 6pm
3. East End Bike Social: Wed. Jan. 19, 6-10pm
4. College Street Rush Hour Sharrow Public Meeting: Thurs. Jan. 20, 6pm
5. Old Raleigh Fork Locks: Order Your Key Today!
6. Montreal DIY Bike Calendars: Buy Your 2011 Calendar at Sauce!
7. 2010 Bicycle Count Report and Raw Data Release
8. Update: Response to Bikesauce from the Ministry of Environment, re: Leslie Street
9. Save the Date! Complete Streets Forum: April 28-29 2011
10. Winter Riding Tips

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1. Bike Building Blitz!: Wed. Jan. 19, 6pm
Come help us build bikes up to the bike-buying spring rush! On Wednesday night, we will shelve our personal projects and shop improvements and do nothing but refurbish donated bikes. And eat pizza. Refurbished bike sales are half of our income, so come out and help keep Sauce self-sufficient and financially healthy!

Bike Building Blitz
Wed. Jan. 19, 6pm
Sauce (717 Queen E)
(pizza will be provided)
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2. City Budget Public Consultations: Wed. Jan. 19, 6pm
The new mayor has already reduced the City’s revenue options by eliminating the Vehicle Registration Tax and promising to sustain last year’s property tax rates. This will make for some tough choices regarding service delivery.

Mayor Ford’s proposed budget proposes many concerning cuts, including:

-Closing of the Urban Affairs Library at Metro Hall

-Elimination of free recreation programs for low-income people

-Elimination of evening and night service on 40+ transit routes, including buses on Dupont, Davenport & Harbord

-Changes to EMS staffing protocols that would eliminate overtime work

-Limits on the new BIAs and funding for streetscape improvements

More information can be found here.

City Council needs to hear from you about your priorities in order to make the best decisions.  However, there will be no public deputations at Committee or Council. Please come out to the public consultation on January 19 and have your say!

City Budget Public Consultation
Wed. Jan. 19, 6pm
East York Civic Centre (850 Coxwell Ave)
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3. East End Bike Social: Wed. Jan. 19, 6-10pm
Come meet other cyclists in the East End! Share in the discussions about plans for 2011! The event is informal and open to all!

Members from many of the active advocacy groups will be there, from Wards 26, 29, 30, 31 and 32. Join the fun!

East End Bike Social
Wed. Jan. 19, 6-10pm
Remark’s Bar and Grill (1026 Coxwell Ave)
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4. College Street Rush Hour Sharrow Public Meeting: Thurs. Jan. 20, 6pm
In May 2010, the City installed rush hour sharrows on College Street. They also conducted an extensive evaluation process, including a commuter’s survey. The results are in and it’s time to share the information!

The City is hosting a public meeting to discuss the results and the potential future use of rush hour sharrows on other streets in Toronto.

College Street Rush Hour Sharrow Public Meeting
Thurs. Jan. 20, 6-8pm
Metro Hall (55 John St), room 308/309

The Evaluation Report has been posted online.
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5. Old Raleigh Fork Locks: Order Your Key Today!
A Sauce volunteer has found a source for ordering keys for old Raleigh fork locks! If you have an old Raleigh and have always wanted a key for that wonderful and exotic fork lock, now is your chance!

The keys will cost about $10 each, plus shipping. To reduce shipping costs, we’re all going to order together! So swing by Sauce, to place your order before February 1! Please be sure to bring the key number with you (stamped on the lock face).
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6. Montreal DIY Bike Calendars: Buy Your 2011 Calendar at Sauce!
Our fellow DIY friends in Montreal have put together an amazing and sexy bike calendar!

The DIY bicycle mechanic calendar features hot volunteer mechanics from Montreal bike co-ops, notably the Flat and Right to Move/La voie libre. All the money raised goes to these bike shops and other start-up bicycle-related projects on the Island of Montreal.

So get yourself a sexy calendar, *and* support Canadian DIY bike shops — for only $15!

The calendars are available at Sauce (717 Queen E).
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7. 2010 Bicycle Count Report and Raw Data Release
(excerpt taken from the January Cyclometer)

In September 2010, the City of Toronto conducted its first Bicycle Count along four screen lines in downtown: Bloor Street, Spadina Avenue, Queen’s Quay and Jarvis Street. The Count provides data on how many cyclists are riding on downtown streets, when and where they are riding, and other characteristics about cyclists such as helmet use, gender, sidewalk riding and whether the cyclist is transporting a passenger.

Read the full report or download the summary leaflet. You can also download the raw count data (Excel file) and count locations (Shapefile) from the City of Toronto’s Open Data website.
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8. Update: Response to Bikesauce from the Ministry of Environment, re: Leslie Street
In November 2010, Bikesauce wrote a letter to the Ministry of Environment, expressing our concerns over the lack of consideration to bicycle traffic along Leslie Street from Queen St to Lakeshore Blvd, in the MOE’s environmental report on the new TTC barns at Ashbridges Bay. The letter can be found on Councillor Paula Fletcher’s website here.

Unfortunately, despite our efforts, the Ministry of Environment has issues a Notice to Proceed with the project, stating that the transit project with respect to bicycle traffic will not have “a negative impact on a matter of provincial importance that relates to the natural environment or has cultural or heritage value or interest”.

Boooooo! Right? He also states:
“The right-of-way along Leslie Street between Lake Shore Blvd E and Queen St E is narrow and provides limited opportunity to accommodate all road users”.

(Please note that Sauce is not against the new TTC vehicles or the TTC barns. In fact we’re really excited for this. We would just really really like to see bike lanes in the resigned version of Leslie St)

If this ruffles your feathers and you want to get involved, email me at michelle(at)bikesauce.org or join our advocacy group SoDa Bikes, which meets every first Tuesday of the month.

Trust us, this is not the end of the Leslie Street advocacy efforts. There are many citizens and advocacy groups continuing to work on this project, in an effort to make Leslie St safe for all road users.
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9. Save the Date! Complete Streets Forum: April 28-29 2011
The Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation will once again be hosting their annual Complete Streets Forum. Check out last year’s Forum here.

This year, the event will take place on April 28-29. Save the date!

Keep your eyes peeled (by reading Sauce Weekly) for information on registration in the upcoming months.
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10. Winter Riding Tips
Winter is still here! But have no fear, you can still ride — snow or no snow. Check out this Star article from December 12 for great winter riding tips.

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