The history of Bathurst & Bloor stretches back to the 1790s, when the original boundaries of York Township were first established. We will start our Book Ride just south of here on Lennox at Lippincott.
The Viaduct bicycle lane is a vital part of Toronto's cycling infrastructure. The inadequacies and safety hazards of the bike lanes on and around the Prince Edward Viaduct have persisted for years. We intend to bridge the gap with books and bicycles.
Come discover East Lynn Park located on the south side of the Danforth between Coxwell and Woodbine. In Danforth East you'll find a wide range of restaurants, food shops and stores and the people who these places their own. Feel the energy and spirit of a neighbourhood that is truly unique.
We're taking refuge in the shade of the large trees within Central Technical School's courtyard (Lennox St & Lippincott St entrance). Bring your bicycle for some basic bicycle maintenance courtesy of Toronto Hustle from 12-12:45! Toronto Hustle believes in cycling and the power of people to bring about positive change. We do too! At 12:30 Panago Pizza will deliver free slices to ensure we have pedal power.
ASL/English Interpreters will accompany us on bicycles from 1-5 pm. Bike Share Toronto will provide FREE bicycles to Book Ride participants from 12:30-1pm at Lennox St dock station at Bathurst Street but please note a helmet is mandatory for this offer. Finally, if you prefer TTC then our three locations are a short walk from Bathurst, Castle Frank and Woodbine stations on Line 2.
1 to 1:45 pm. To start us off, Siva Vijenthira will speak to the initiatives she has been involved in at CultureLink and Cycle Toronto, helping newcomers bridge the gap using the bicycle as a means of equity for all. Siva is also on the steering committee at the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation, and works at the Institute for Canadian Citizenship to promote inclusion across the country.
Bethlehem Terrefe Gebreyohannes’s memoir Fire Walkers was published by Mawenzi House in 2016. Beth was fourteen when she fled the communist revolution in her native Ethiopia. Carrianne Leung will share her perspective of being a child of parents from Hong Kong, and speaking more broadly to the immigrant experience, which she wrote about in The Wondrous Woo (Ianna Publications) and her second acclaimed novel, That Time I Loved You (HarperCollins).
2:30 pm we'll be found beside the steel and concrete Prince Edward Viaduct. Did you know it was constructed in three parts: a bridge over Rosedale Ravine, an embankment along Bloor Street and a 1,620 foot bridge over the Don Valley linking Castle Frank with Danforth Avenue. It was completed after almost four years to an official ceremony on October 18, 1918. Amanda O’Rourke, Director of Strategic Planning at 8-80 Cities, has been instrumental in the organization’s development and has worked on numerous local and international projects.
Melissa Bruntlett and Chris Bruntlett will share their stories of emerging bike cultures from around the world as gathered in their new book Building the Cycling City. AND we will have graphic novelists from The Royal Academy of Illustration & Design (RAID), an award-winning multi-media creative collective and artist’s society established in 2002. Ramón K. Pérez, CEO, artist & writer and RAID will be writing and drawing an exclusive, original booklet for this Book Ride.
4 to 4:45 pm Dr. Marvin Macaraig is the Scarborough Cycles Bike Hub Coordinator, a joint initiative between Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services and the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation. He works to increase cycling knowledge in Scarborough by building institutional/community capacity and addressing barriers. Journalist, speaker, volunteer and memoirist, Fabiana Bacchini will share her emotionally turbulent story, From Surviving to Thriving, of emigrating from Brazil to marry her Greek boyfriend in Canada and then learning a new language within the corridors of the NICU at Mount Sinai Hospital. Jay Pitter will speak from her perspective as an author, placemaker, and public engagement professional who has, throughout her career, spearheaded noteworthy projects with organizations such as the Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Community Housing, The Health and Safety Task Force, the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and DIALOG, a national architecture firm. She is currently working on her second book, Where We Live (McClelland & Stewart).
Kids! Let's decorate your bicycle with Danforth East Community Association and Toronto Hustle in East Lynn Park. From 4-5 they'll provide fun upcycled materials for you to transform your bicycle.
Thanks to the Danforth Mosaic BIA we are extending our Book Ride with more words till 6:30 pm! Storytelling Toronto's Sarah Abusarar whose favourite stories are ones that promote beauty and social change. Sarah mostly tells stories from her two cultures, Palestine and Croatia. To finish the day, Wilson & The Cast Aways led by story-telling singer/songwriter Andrew Wilson will energize you with stories and melodies that are sure to catch your heart and set your soul vibrating. Pedal away with a coupon booklet with discounts to local eateries along the Danforth.