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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

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Christmas Metres of the Millenium Trail

For those "hard-to-buy-for" people, adopt some Millennium Metres by making a donation of $10 per metre to upgrade the Millennium Trail. A gift donation form is attached to this email. Certificates can be picked up at McDougall Insurance before Christmas.

After the rainstorm we had Sunday night, the upgraded trail stood up very well. Seen from Belleville Street in the morning, to the west the trail was 2 ribbons of water, while to the east, on the renovated part, there were no puddles - the water had run off to the ditches.

Merry Christmas - Barry Davidson PEC Millennium Trail



Council Approves Separated Bike Lanes Along Wellesley St., Queen's Park and Hoskin Ave.

Cycle Toronto has worked to build support for a network of separated bike lanes downtown and Torontonians have responded. Cycle Toronto was cc'd on over 130 messages from our members to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee (PWIC) in response to our Action Alert supporting the call for separated bike lanes along Wellesley, Queen's Park and Hoskin. The item was passed at PWIC on Nov 14, 2012 and Council on Nov 27, 2012 and we would like to thank you all for your support!
City staff are proposing a uni-directional cycle track along Wellesley and Toronto's first bi-directional bike lanes along the southern edge of Queen's Park, progressing north along the western edge and along Hoskin to St. George.
Riding on busy, crowded streets, mixed in with fast moving cars can be a stressful experience for any cyclist and we want to de-stress cycling for Torontonians. Ridership goes up when biking is easy, safe and comfortable. A study from Portland, Oregon has found that 60% of people are interested in cycling for transportation, but have concerns about safety. Protected lanes (cycle tracks) can help that 60% cycle more often, creating a transportation system that is easier, safer, more sustainable and more fun.

Toronto Beltline Public Meetings

The Beltline Trail was originally constructed as a 1890s commuter steam railway line that circled the City, looping from Union Station up through North Toronto. The rail line was converted to multi-use trail in the end of the last century.

The Beltline Today
The Beltline Trail is currently heavily used by residents for hiking, running, cycling, dog-walking and passive recreation.  The success of the trail has partly led to its current poor condition. Due to heavy use and improper drainage, parts of the trail have been widened by foot and bicycle traffic up to 6m which has contributed to the deterioration of adjacent naturalized areas.  The Beltline trail was originally designed in segments contributing to its lack of continuity, poor road crossing treatments and lack of wayfinding.

The City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation and Transportation Services have begun a study to look at state of good repair improvements to the Beltline Trail, including the section through Moore Park Ravine.

Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Open House), 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (Presentation & Break Out session)
Location: St. Paul's Bloor St. Church, 227 Bloor Street East


Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Open House), 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (Presentation & Break Out session)
Location: West Preparatory Junior Public School, 70 Ridge Hill Drive

For further information, read the Frequently Asked Questions document (Nov. 26, 2012) (PDF).
We Would Like To Hear From You
Public consultation is an important part of this study. You are invited to learn more and to share your insights and opinions at any time. For more information, please contact:

Jason Diceman
Public Consultation Unit
City of Toronto
Metro Hall, 19th Floor
55 John Street
Toronto, ON M5V 3C6

Tel: 416-338-2830 
Fax: 416-392-2974
TTY: 416-397-0831

Ward Meeting Dec 5th and Contraflow Petition | Cycle Toronto
Cycle Toronto logo. safe streets, a healthy city, ... Also: there is a fabulous petition for contraflow bicycle lanes that we helped kickstart. Please take a moment to ...
Work on Hastings-Peterborough trail link almost done
Northumberland News
Lang-Hastings Trail. HASTINGS -- Christine Painter, regional projects manager with Regional Tourism Organization 8, and Dennis Savery, president of Hastings ... 
Walking With A Camera: Toronto Photo Walks: East End III
A cold windy day. I finished up at lunch. Got distracted by something else, and I had other plans in the evening. I have to say though that we had good light and ...
Hub Trail may be part of national project
Sault Star
Officials from Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield Township, representatives from Trans Canada Trail Ontario, the Rotary Club of Peterborough and trail enthusiasts attend the official kick-off event on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 to celebrate the section of trail ...
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Walking the Green Line — from Caledonia Road ... - Spacing Toronto
EDITOR: This is the first of Shawn Micallef's posts following the Green Line hydro corridor through midtown Toronto, location of the Green Line Ideas ...
Toronto Fun Places: Fun walk in High Park
This blog is a complement to both my guides: Toronto Fun Places... for families and Toronto Urban Strolls... for girlfriends. In this blog, I will post photos of new ... 
Ontario Trail MembershipMembership renewals for 2013 are going out December 1st, 2012 We are sending them to you as our contact person - but is there someone else that has to absolutely get the invoice in your organization? We wish to make sure they land on the right desk! Board members or staff will be calling to confirm over the next weeks.

OTC Membership is Value for Money : How do we stack up? This year we will have1,000,000 unique visitors to the OTC website. For trails there is no other leader - not even nationally - and I quote from Context Creative:

"ComScore is a leading analytics organization that provides industry standard rankings used by many companies to assess their performance and investments in the digital world; many agency planners only go off ComScore numbers in their media buying initiatives. There are a couple of other trail sites as well, but Suite66 wasn't able to locate another one big enough to be reported in ComScore. So this is also impressive that OTC is present there.
For the month of September 2012, Canadian stats:
OntarioTrails.on.ca65,764 UVs (Unique Views) / 329,511 PVs (Page Views)
ComScore reports the following for comparison:
national outdoor org  50,440 UV’s / 249,000 PV’s
national geographic org:  41,000 UV’s / 114,000 PV’s"

So please tell you administrators that even in terms of a couple of hundred dollars in marketing expense, more people will see and use your trails because of your presence on the OTC website. The site is no longer supported by the province - so we need your financial support to manage, update and improve the site every day! Join Today - Use Paypal!

Trailhead Ontario:June 9-11, 2013Our Favourite Place, Peterborough

Our Plan for 2013 – We are working with the full support of  Our Favorite Place (RTO8), Peterborough and the Kawartha’s Tourism and a number of local trails groups to bring you the best Trailhead Ontario yet!. There are a lot of new trails and trail tourism partnerships in RTO8. The Ontario Trails “Trailhead Ontario 2013″ Committee is  is pleased to announce the Holiday Inn Waterfront Peterborough as the location of our conferencing. Site locations for our trail education program are being determined now.
Photo Credit -Northumberland News
New for 2013 -Regional Tourism development includes trails. Trail packages, trail experiences, trail destinations. This takes a blending of major destinations, natural topographies, parks, conservation, county forest and up to 18 different trail activities. What’s in your “Trail Mix”? What’s our plan for marketing this unique matrix of dynamic outdoor experiences so that the world can find the world’s best range of trail fun right here at home. 
Christine Painter from RTO 8 assists with signs along TCT Trail!

Ontario Trail Experiences on our Youtube Channel
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Horses -  

Rural communities in Wellington County are constantly seeking to increase economic activity. The horse industry has been one of the major forms supporting economic growth in rural Ontario. This research will investigate the potential for horse trail system development in Wellington County. The resu...


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