Summer is less than a week away, and Toronto has already begun celebrating the season’s impending change. Although June’s weather has not been the most favourable so far, residents of Toronto have not been deterred from getting active outdoors. As it is both Recreation and Parks Month as well as Bike Month 2013, the city has put on numerous events for all to enjoy, including sports, markets, festivals, and barbecues. In light of Bike Month 2013, residents have also had the opportunity to cycle the city, refreshing at cafes along the way. For a full list of what’s still to come, please check below.
Recreation and Parks Month
Aside from registered programs, including camps, classes, and sports, the city has put on an array of different events each week. One should also note that 12 outdoor swimming pools are nowopened on a part-time schedule around the city:
- Today (June 18th) — Mimico Party in the Park (5:30-8:30pm at John English CS) and Seniors “Try It” Activity Day (1-3pm at Port Union RC)
- Thursday, June 20th — Adult Recreation Program Launch (12-8pm at O’Connor CC)
- Friday, June 21st to Saturday, June 22nd — L’Amoreaux Basketball Tournament (10am-10pm at Elmback CC) and Water Olympics (3-6pm at O’Connor CC)
- Saturday, June 22nd — Malvern Family Resource Centre Community Festival (12-4pm at Malvern Family Resource Centre), Dorset Park Day (12-4pm at McGregor Park CRC), GO Skateboarding Day (12-3pm at Ellesmere CC), and Matty Eckler CRC Ballet & Musical Theatre’s “Coppelia” (4pm at Young People’s Theatre, Front St. East)
- Wednesday, June 26th — Older Adults BBQ (11:30pm at JJ Piccininni CRC)
Toronto Bike Month 2013
Bike Month 2013 is led by Smart Commute and supported by the City of Toronto, the City of Hamilton, York Region, the Region of Peel, and the City of Mississauga. A part from the various activities planned during Bike Month 2013, a few new cycle tracks have been opened in Toronto for active commuters to take advantage of. Remember: practice safe cycling and abide by City laws and regulations.
- Although buses cannot stop in bike lanes, passengers are loaded and unloaded from areas along the track. Bus passengers have the right of way and should not be put in danger because of reckless cycling. Proceed with caution.
- Do not park next to the bike lanes. This may disturb accessibility and interfere with fellow cyclists. Use the designated zones to store your bicycle — and not just during Bike Month 2013.
- Use the green-box markers to make safe left turns. These can be found on Shuter, Gerard, amd Wellesley Street.
For a full list of routes, bi-laws, and activities, please consult the City of Toronto brochure linked below:
Bike Month 2013 — Toronto Cycling Programs (PDF document from the City of Toronto)
Happy cycling Toronto!