Saturday, May 16, 2009

Cycle26 Rolling into Summer

Hi all,

Cycle26 has made some amazing accomplishments since...umm, March!

April saw the group make a stellar Powerpoint presentation to Toronto Cycling Advisory Committee, part of the City of Toronto's government. Our Rolling ForWard26 proposal was warmly recieved by Dan Egan, Alex Shevchuk, our own Councillor John Parker, and the committee's Chair, Councillor Adrian Heaps. Followup happened in May, where Staff came back with recommendations and action items in response to the report. Massive success on most recommendations, and accolades from fellow activists and advocates for a job well done.

May brought Cycle26 even more widespread kudos and recognition from fellow advocates Luke Siragusa, Tom Flaherty, Vincent De Tourdonnet, Vic Gedris, Tammy Thorne, Yvonne Bambrick, Margaret Hastings-James, and many others. Cycle26 is regularly referred to as "the model" for advocacy groups in Toronto. We greatly appreciate the kind words and compliments from our fellow Toronto Cyclists Union members. We are humbly proud to be named as the best example of cycling advocacy in the City.

Cycle26 then took it to the next level, and met with MP Rob Oliphant, followed by a visit to MPP Kathleen Wynne. Both the Federal and Provincial government representatives are highly supportive of Cycle26, and promise to support and work with the Group to advance our mutual goals. Economy, environment, health and wellness, and community building are important to all of us, and converge so well in cycling. Many thanks to Yanni, Afaq, Mahar, and Vanessa for enabling all these meetings and accomplishments!

The Steering Group continues to meet on a regular basis, and has planned a great list of events and activities for the summer, focusing on community engagement, promotion, and awareness. Cycle26 participated in Leaside / Bennington Heights "Spring Into Action" event at Trace Manes Park; coming up, we will have a display at CN Do The Don Trail Awareness Day on Saturday May 23; we will send riders downtown for the Group Commute Ride on Monday, May 25th; and later this summer will see signature events in Flemingdon, Thorncliffe, and the Don Valley.

Join us in celebrating success, building community, and advancing cycling in Ward 26!