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Thursday, January 2, 2014

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NEW SPIN FOR 2014 GWTA!

The 2014 Great Waterfront Trail Adventure will be returning to Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence river, but we'll be doing a lollipop route and introducing new communities.
Starting in Brighton on August 11th and ending in Cornwall on Aug. 15th, participants will ride 40-60 km from camp to camp. The shorter days will allow riders more time to taste new local food, find hidden treasures, do more shopping, and explore unique communities.

Want to ride more? No problem, there will be additional 50-60 km optional loops, winding your way through new communities off the Waterfront Trail.
This new format with shorter distances is more inviting to cyclists who may be hesitant about a week long tour, but the addition of the loops will allow those interested to get in more mileage.

2014 is the perfect year for experienced riders to introduce loved ones to their favourite sport. Ride together or meet up for meals, cycle side-by-side in to camp then explore different routes, do some things together and others with new friends.

So bring friends or make friends. Feel the wind, water, and earth in a new way. Experience the freedom of slowing down, stopping, and trying something new.

Click here to find out more about the itinerary and changes for 2014.

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Dear Patrick,
Street Smarts on-street outreach
Street Smarts on-street outreach
We've raised over $7,800 so far with our fundraising appealfor our 2014 Street Smarts cycling education and outreach program. Incredible! Now we're asking for your help to get us to $20,000 before the campaign closes on December 31.
Last year, a total of $11,500 from individual donors, partners, and grants enabled us to teach almost 500 people about basic bike maintenance through free on-street tuneups, to install 700 free bike lights for cyclists who needed them, and to deliver 14 free safe cycling workshops in communities across Toronto. We also gave away 1,000 copies of our Toronto Cyclist Handbook, teaching passers-by about traffic laws and safe riding techniques.
Cycling education is a major part of our work to make this a better, safer bike city. We need your help to get to $20,000 this year, to expand and strengthen our Street Smarts cycling education program. Please forward this email or share this link with your friends or family who may want to donate!
Help us raise $20,000 to fund Street Smarts 2014 & receive a charitable tax receipt
With $20,000, Cycle Toronto will reach 2,000 people at 20 workshops and 24 on-street events over the course of six months and promote safe cycling across Toronto. We’ll work with our Ward Advocacy Groups to make these events attractive, exciting and relevant to local needs. And we'll continue to collaborate with our long-term partner CultureLink Settlement Services to further develop this program. CultureLink is a registered charity which reaches 17,000 new immigrants every year with engaging and innovative programs. We are pleased that CultureLink will recognize your Street Smarts donation with acharitable tax receipt.

To make a donation, you have two options:
1) Donate online with payment by Interac, Visa, MasterCard, or American Express
Street Smarts safe cycling workshop
Street Smarts safe cycling workshop
  • Click here to go to CultureLink's Canada Helps page
  • Click the "Donate Now" button
  • Enter your "Donation Amount $"
  • Under "Fund/Designation" select from the drop-down menu: "Cycling Program – Street Smarts Educational Activities"
  • Click "Continue"
  • Review your donation details, and click "Checkout"
  • Continue following the checkout instructions
Note: Donations made on-line through Canada Helps generate a tax receipt immediately from Canada Helps.
2) Donate by mail with payment by cheque or money order
  • Make out a cheque or money order payable to "CultureLink Settlement Services" and include a note that it is for the "Cycling Program – Street Smarts Educational Activities".
  • Ensure you include details of the individual to whom the tax receipt should be made out, including a mailing address.
  • Mail your cheque or money order to:
    Cycling Program
    CultureLink Settlement Services
    2340 Dundas Street West, Suite 301
    Toronto, ON M6P 4A9

With your support, we can expand our Street Smarts cycling education program and reach thousands of people in 2014. Support our work today! The fundraising campaign closes December 31, 2013.
Ride safely,
Executive Director, Cycle Toronto

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City way behind on bike lane targetNOW Magazine
After another year of paltry progress on expanding Toronto's bike lane network, it could be time to declare the city's official cycling plan officially dead.
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CORNWALL, Ontario - All the trails at Summerstown Forest are now open for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Cold conditions weeks ago ...
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OFSC trail riding beginswww.insideottawavalley.com/
Sports -Grooming operations are underway for this snowmobiling season and the status of areaOntario Federation of Snowmobile Club (OFSC) trails .
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Snowmobile trails openwww.insideottawavalley.com/
All snowmobiles displaying a valid Snowmobile Trail Permit in the proper location now have access to Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Club (OFSC) ...
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Trails open in Sioux LookoutKenoraOnline
As of Thursday, a vast majority of trails between Kenora and Thunder Bay remain classified as unavailable by the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile ...
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“What is truly astonishing, however, is the fact that it [The Bruce Trail] has been, and continues to be, built and financed by loyal Bruce Trail Conservancy members. When you are out on The Trail, consider for a moment what this means: every blaze, every boardwalk, every bridge, every stile, is there, thanks to volunteers. … I know that not everyone is able to be an active volunteer but I’m equally sure that many more people who use The Trail every year could give financial support. Right now just over 8,000 individuals make a membership commitment. When you consider how much is achieved with such meagre finances, imagine what could happen if just ten percent of trail users became members!
Imagine too, what effect an increased membership might have on the BTC’s role as protector of the Escarpment. Every membership in the BTC is an individual commitment to conserve the Escarpment. In its public role, the BTC’s voice is only as strong as its membership. If the BTC were to represent 40,000 rather than 8,000 members just think how much stronger its voice would be. I believe that a strong voice has never been more urgently needed than it is now. …
Remember that the Escarpment is a gift that we have been given by nature—a treasure beyond price. The Trail that winds along its edge gives us the means to explore its richness and allows us to be moved and inspired by its sheer beauty. Each and every one of us bears part of the responsibility of ensuring that the Niagara Escarpment and The Bruce Trail are kept safe and well for all time and for all people.
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