The Surley’s performed before the trivia game and also between Round 1 and 2. They were so lovely performing French chansons and lots of cool covers!
This is the winning team for Round 1, working hard to answer questions for Round 2.
Better late than never!! Here are some of my photos from the Pastel de Nata Ride (Portuguese Egg Tart ride) which took place this past Sunday. We started at Brazil Bakery where they generously offered free Pasteis de Nata (the plural of Pastel de Nata) to all the riders!
The idea for a Pastel de Nata ride came about from a brainstorming session the Ward 18 Advocacy Group had when we were thinking about what we could do for Bike Month. We wanted to showcase something that we could celebrate in our Ward while also trying to raise awareness among local shops about how cyclists are good for business.
My goal for this ride was to take the ride through all the micro-neighbourhoods of Ward 18 – from the industrial areas to the huge mansions to the new condo developments!
Up the West Toronto Rail Path!
Across the Dupont bike lanes…
After a loop through Dufferin Grove Park and down Dovercourt, we headed up Brock towards our destination bakery but had to make a pit stop to wait for a cyclist who experienced some bike trouble.
Once we regrouped we biked over to Courense Bakery on Bloor St, famous for being a supplier of Pasteis de Nata to a number of other Portuguese bakeries across Toronto, to end our ride!
Thank you to everyone who came out to join me on a tour of Ward 18! We were so lucky the weather was so beautiful that day. Thank you also to my fellow Ward 18 Advocacy Group members for helping me promote the ride!
And a super big, huge, thank you to Brazil Bakery for generously welcoming us to your bakery and sharing your delicious egg tarts with us all!!
Here is a detailed description of our route:
• Meet up at Brazil Bakery (1566 Dundas St. West)
• west on Dundas and we’ll head up the Toronto Rail Path
• loop down Cariboo, through a school yard to catch the lights at Edwin
• east on Dupont, south on Gladstone, east on Fernbank Ave
• south on Westmoreland
• east on Northumberland St
• south on Dovercourt with a loop through Dufferin Grove Park (west on Dewson, north on Havelock to get to Dufferin Grove Park)
• exit the park to ride east on Dufferin Park Ave
• north on Havelock
• east on Hepbourn
• south on Dovercourt
• west on Sudbury up to Queen
• west on Queen
• north on Brock all the way up to Bloor and then to our last destination: Courense Bakery (1014 Bloor St. West)
On Saturday, I co-hosted a Cupcake Ride that toured Ward 32. Working with Kristin from Councillor McMahon’s office, about a month ago we started planning out a Cupcake Ride that would showcase the neat, bike friendly areas of this ward.
Despite the clouds that looked like they would open up imminently, our ride (and the whole day actually) stayed dry!
We started at the vegan bakery, Tori’s Bakeshop. Then headed east on Queen Street to Leslie.
Then down Leslie all the way to the end of the road where Tommy Thompson Park starts (aka the Leslie Spit), where we get to ride gloriously car free!
We looped back and then Councillor McMahon led us through the Martin Goodman Trail all the way east, up a nice residential side street back to Queen Street to get to Life is Sweet.
It was nice to see the food ride regulars come out and also to meet a whole bunch of new people that joined our ride today.
Thank you again to Kristin for helping me organize and plan this fun ride!
And thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy bicycles and cupcakes!!
Toronto! This weekend is an amazing weekend for bike stuff!!
Friday, June 7
Saturday, June 8
Sunday, June 9
Plus Dundas West is closed from 9am – 12am (over 12 hours!) for Dundas West Fest from Ossington to Lansdowne!!
My third Bike to Work Day in Toronto! … even though I don’t bike to work because I work from home. For the 2nd year in a row I’m proud to say I was able to wake up on time to participate in the event (even if I didn’t have quite enough time to fix my hair before heading out).
As I was biking towards the Yonge and Bloor meet-up location I serendipitously ran into the High Park group commuters.
Then we waited at Yonge and Bloor for other group commutes to join us before we all rode down Yonge to City Hall.
I always love seeing the pedestrians all watching in awe at the huge number of cyclists who participate in Bike to Work Day. It’s really funny and almost cute how many of them stare in disbelief, quite literally with their jaws dropped.
Happy Bike Month Toronto!!
Announcing the first Cupcake Ride for 2013!! We are co-hosting this ride with Councillor McMahon’s Office (thanks for all your help Kristin!) to celebrate Ward 32 during our upcoming Bike Month in Toronto!
Date: Saturday, June 8th
Start place: Tori’s Bakeshop (2188 Queen St East – between Maclean & Balsam Ave)
We’ll start at Tori’s Bakeshop (a spot we visited at last year), a wonderful vegan bakery, bike west on Queen St and then down Coxwell to take the Martin Goodman Trail over to Tommy Thompson park. We’ll loop through Tommy Thompson (aka the Leslie Spit), bike along the lake and then back up to Queen St to end at Life is Sweet!
If you are so inclined, you can RSVP to this event on our Facebook event page.
This is an everyone welcome bike ride. Hope to see you out!
Do you like Portuguese Custard Tarts (or egg tarts if you prefer)? If so, you need to join me on this upcoming Pastel de Nata Ride!
The specifics are still being finalized but here are the initial details:
Date: Sunday, June 9, 2013
Start: Brazil Bakery – 1566 Dundas St. West
We’ll be riding around Ward 18 and visiting a few Portuguese bakeries.
We’ve started a Facebook event if you’d like to join the discussion there as well!
More details to come!
Every year the TBN hosts several group rides for Toronto’s Bike Month and the Ice Cream Ride is one of them.
Last year, Denise, Andre and I unknowingly showed up to the ride with our single-gear bikes and were a bit taken aback to find the rest of the cyclists clad in spandex with their high performance road bikes.
So this year, we decided we should be more prepared and showed up with our road bikes and appropriate clothing to see if we would fare better.
Surprisingly, the group this year didn’t bike as fast as last year and to top it off, the route from Riverdale Park to La Paloma was much shorter. Last year we were taken through a residential neighbourhood to a cool tiered bridge that we didn’t bike through this year.
Lucky for us, when we hit the trail behind the Brickworks, the president of TBN himself, offered to take us skinny tire cyclists up the tough but satisfying climb up Bayview to meet the group at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, instead of having to worry about falling over from the rough, gravelly/rocky terrain.
Sadly, I don’t have as many nice shots this year because I was on my road bike, which is aluminum and the micro-vibrations prevented me from taking many steady shots. So many of them came out quite blurry.
Also, I was using my step-in pedals and since my wipe out 2 weeks ago, I’ve been very nervous about falling again. This totally prevented me from taking as many shots as I usually do while riding.
… but I didn’t fall! And by the end of the ride my confidence with the step in pedals slowly increased again.
Perhaps this Ice Cream ride will become an annual thing!
Despite the ominous weather I participated in Denise’s art project, Danforth Bike Line on Sunday.
When I arrived at the meetup location, I felt like royalty with volunteers and the artist herself prepping my bike to draw a liquid chalk line while I biked along Danforth Ave.
It was so fun to ride back where I already rode to see my liquid chalk trail. If only real bike lanes were this easy to create!
You can participate anytime by picking up a bottle of liquid chalk at the Danforth Mosaic BIA office (692 Coxwell Ave). Otherwise you have one last chance to participate with other people, this Sunday, June 10th at 1pm. … that is if you aren’t coming out the Cupcake Ride!
Happy Bike Month Toronto!
The Bike Month Group Commute is the kick-off event for Bike Month in Toronto (a month later than a lot of cities in North America).
This year I was able to wake up on time and joined the group commute at Yonge and Bloor to ride down to City Hall a la Critical Mass style.
Cycle Toronto (formerly known as the Toronto Bike Union) is helping the city organize Bike Month this year and if today’s event is any indication, Bike Month events are going to be really well attended and have more reach due to better marketing by the Union.
Next to listening to Councillor Minnan-Wong’s hypocritical Bike Month proclamation (I wish I was closer so I could have heard the hecklers) and having a butter tart along with my pancake, the highlight of today’s event was riding the Couch Bike with Denise!
The Couch Bike is by Bicycle Forest and has been ridden all around PEI and gets rented out for weddings! It was a lot of fun riding the Couch Bike. Too bad I was several inches too short and we had to resort to having the owner of the Couch Bike to push us.
So have you decided which Bike Month events you are going to participate in?
Couch Bike photos by Joe Sinbandhit