Toronto is fortunate to have a long tradition of Bike Week, and this year it has been extended to Bike Month. But long before Bike Month, Toronto is hosting two events that should be of interest to all cyclists who take to our streets and parks on their pedal powered wheels. They are both happening in April.
The first I want to mention is Bike Summit 2008, hosted by TCAT. TCAT are bringing together some really really knowledgeable people to talk about cycling, opportunities for improving cycling, creating and enhancing cycling related programs, and means to take advantage of cycling related economic opportunities. Registration is a bargain at $125 for the whole day, less for people involved with non-profits groups, and less still for students and seniors. The hard part for most of us is being able to take the time off school/work. This event takes place Friday April 25th at the St. Lawrence Hall . I just sent in my registration so that I'll still qualify for the early bird prize.
The second event that I'll mention which is of interest to all Toronto cyclists is the Local Advocacy Workshop hosted by the Toronto Cyclists Union. This one day event is a primer of what will become one of the Bike Union's core programs. This event will teach cyclists how to use Bike Union resources to be effective cycling advocates in their ward. More than 10 guest speakers will share their knowledge, including two council members, two executive assistants, current and former Cycling Committee members, successful cycling advocates, and representatives from several other local cycling advocate groups, and other allies. A range of topics needed for effective advocacy will be covered, including, getting your Councillor's attention, room booking, public speaking, uncovering opportunities, working with allied groups. This event takes place on Sunday April 13, from 11am to 4pm at the Council Chambers of Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street W, at Bay St. This session is free and open to all.
Cyclists from every Ward of the city are needed at the Local Advocacy Workshop. The Bike Union wants to engage with the whole city (including the regions of Etobicoke, North York, and Scarborough) and especially does not want to miss those Wards north of Hwy 401. If you live and cycle anywhere in Toronto, please make the time to come for this day.
Lastly, I'll mention that I have been asked by a few people from outside Toronto if they can come too. The answer is Yes, you don't have to be from Toronto to attend.