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Sauce (Bi-) Weekly: Feb 7

Sauce (Bi-) Weekly: Feb 7

What? February already? Really? Huh…

1. Volunteer Meeting: Wed Feb 9, 7pm
2. Bike Building Blitz 4 (“the prequel”): Wed Feb 16, 6pm
3. Index Shifting Workshop: Thurs Feb 10, 7pm
4. New Additions to the Library!
5. Sidewalk Bike Motions Pass at City Council
6. Update on the Ashbridges TTC Yard
7. Raleigh Fork Lock Order: Due Wed Feb 9
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1. Volunteer Meeting: Wed Feb 9, 7pm

As usual, we’ll be having our Volunteer Meeting on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. That makes it this Wednesday!

Wednesday, February 9
7pm
Sauce (717 Queen E)

Come on out and be a part of gearing Sauce up for another busy and productive Spring!
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2. Bike Building Blitz 4 (“the prequel”): Wed Feb 16, 6pm

We continue our bicycle building franchise with yet another night of building bikes for the shop.  These are the bikes that we will sell in the spring and ensure our survival next winter. So come out, have fun and eat all the pizza.
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3. Index Shifting Workshop: Thurs Feb 10, 7pm

Learn all about the installation and troubleshooting of indexed shifting!!!

Thursday February 10
7pm
Sauce (717 Queen E)
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4. New Additions to the Library!

Did you know that every week the Sauce Library grows? We have a few new great books (one with wonderful pictures of really old bikes) and the newest issues of several great magazines: Momentum, Bicycling, Bicycle Times, Make Magazine, Urban Velo and MORE!

So take a quick ride in the snow and come over to Sauce to curl up on our couch with a nice warm cup of coffee and a new bike book/magazine!!!
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5. Sidewalk Bike Motions Pass at City Council

An important bike-related motion was passed at Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on January 26 and at City Council today. The motion requires that:

– Toronto Police Services Board request the Chief, Toronto Police Service, to create a strategy to enforce sidewalk cycling related by-laws in the City of Toronto.
– Toronto Police Services Board request the Chief, Toronto Police Service, to review, in consultation with Transportation Services, ticketing procedures for sidewalk cycling infractions.
– Toronto Police Services Board request the Chief, Toronto Police Service, to investigate options to step up enforcement of illegal parking and stopping in designated bike lanes.

It also requests that:
– The General Manager, Transportation Services, develop a strategy for snow removal on designated Bikeways, and on future separated bike lanes, and report this strategy back to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee.
– The General Manager, Transportation Services, create a strategy for accelerating the repair of utility cuts on designated Bikeways, and report this strategy back to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee.

So let’s all keep off the sidewalks and keep our fingers crossed for better bikelanes, with less parking, less snow and less utility cuts!
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6. Update on the Ashbridges TTC Yard

As you may know, the TTC has ordered 204 new streetcars from Bombardier; they are set to arrive in Toronto in 2013. These cars are twice as long as the current typical red rockets. This means that the City needs to find a place to store and maintain them. Over the past year or so, the TTC and the City decided on a location: Ashbridges Bay. This meant that most of these cars will go up and down Leslie Street, daily, between Lakeshore and Queen St.

SoDa Bikes (South of Danforth), a local advocacy group that holds their monthly meetings at BikeSauce, have been advocating for a safe and dedicated bike route along Leslie Street to be included in the street re-design.

But the story might be changing! At a TTC Commission meeting on February 2, the TTC staff were asked to investigate the feasibility and the costs of locating some of the new streetcars at the current Hillcrest Yards and/or the adjacent hydro corridor (Bathurst and Davenport) and to the Exhibition Place loop.

However the Commission also recognized that even with the additional streetcar storage at alternative sites this will does not change the need for the Ashbridges Bay Streetcar Maintenance and Storage Facility. The good news? Ashbridges might only be required for the maintenance facility, meaning that there might be fewer cars stored at Ashbridges, and thus much lighter streetcar traffic along Leslie between Lakeshore Blvd and Queen St.

Either way, looks like the TTC and the City will be building some sort of streetcar facility at Ashbridges; this means that they will still be ripping up Leslie Street to throw down some tracks. BikeSauce and SoDa Bikes will continue to lobby for the consideration of safe bike routes along Leslie Street. If you want to join the lobbying fun, email michelle[at]bikesauce.org.
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7. Raleigh Fork Lock Order: Due Wed Feb 9

One of our fabulous volunteers found a supplier out of the UK that sells NOS keys for Raleigh forks!!!

If anybody has an old Raleigh bike with a fork lock and wants a key, order your key at Sauce!  We can split and save on shipping! Each key is about $10 + shipping.

What’s your fork lock number you ask? There will be a small number stamped onto the round lock face.  Examples would be NGN XX (where XX would be a number between 1-50).

So come on over to Sauce and drop off your $10+ with your lock number on or before Wednesday, February 9!!!

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