Expansion of Toronto’s Cycle Network – Tell the City What You Think

bike-750048_1280Trinity Bellwoods is newly served by the City’s expanding cycle network (with connections now on Shaw, Richmond Street and others). The City’s cycling network includes many types of infrastructure, such as Cycle Tracks, bicycle lanes, shared roadway routes and multi-use pathways.

The City of Toronto is developing a new 10-year plan for growing, connecting and renewing Toronto’s  bikeway network. They would like your help to plan where they should invest in bike lanes.

Please take this 10 minute survey from the City of Toronto to let hear what you think are the most important considerations when planning the future network.


In addition to feedback on the wider cycle network, the City is collecting feedback on the Richmond/Adelaide cycle lane pilot project. Please provide your feedback on these important cycle connection at  the link below:


Ward 19 Environment Day this Saturday, April 25, 2015

Community Environment Days are back

environment_days_park-MLaytonCommunity Environment Days make it easy to keep your home – and our city – clean and green. You can drop off reusable household items, household hazardous waste, and recyclable materials that can’t go in the Blue Bin at any of the events, starting in April. Compost is also available free of charge.


Details for the Ward 19 the Environment Day:

  • Saturday, April 25
  • 10am – 2pm
  • Fred Hamilton Park [Along Shaw St; south of College St]


More information about what will be available (eg, free compost) and what you can bring to recycle (from the City of Toronto’s website):

Products Available – Fees apply

  • Backyard Composter
  • Kitchen Container

Pick up for FREE

  • Green Bin and Kitchen Container (with proof of new residency in the last 90 days or in exchange for a damaged bin)
  • Leaf Compost (limit of one cubic metre per household)

Drop off for recycling or proper disposal

  • Computer Equipment & Peripherals
    (e.g., desktops, laptops, hand-held portables, monitors, printing devices, etc.)
  • Audio/Visual Equipment & Peripherals
    (e.g., telephones, cell phones, pda’s and pagers, cameras, small TVs, radios, receivers, speakers, tuners, equalizers, turntables, projectors, recorders, DVD players and VCRs, etc.)
  • Household Hazardous Waste
    (e.g., cleaning supplies and solvents, motor oil, paint, batteries, E-cigarettes, old/unused medication, mercury thermometers / thermostats, pesticides, fluorescent and compact fluorescent bulbs, propane tanks, etc.)

Items donated to local schools for reuse

  • Art supplies (e.g. pencils, markers, crayons, etc.)
  • Buttons and keys
  • Clipboards, corks and cork boards
  • LP records, CDs and cases
  • Children’s books
  • Costume jewelry including broken/old watches and clocks with hands
  • Yarn and dress-up clothing (e.g. costumes, prom dresses, uniforms, etc.)
  • 35 mm cameras and equipment

Items donated for reuse (please keep separate from others)

  • Sporting goods(e.g., skates, hockey equipment, bikes, rackets, etc.)
  • Books (excluding school/university curriculum books)
  • Eyeglasses, walking aids, hearing aids, etc.
  • Small household items (e.g., dishes, ornaments, kitchen utensils, artistic drawings, games, etc.)
  • Textiles in good condition (e.g. clothing, linens, etc.)
  • Non-perishable foods will be donated to a food bank

Please do not bring: construction waste, garbage, gasoline, wood, cassette and videotapes, commercial/ industrial hazardous waste and scrap metal.

Note: You can recycle plastic shopping bags, foam polystyrene, empty paint and empty aerosol cans in your blue bin.


New Racoon-proof Bins and More Plastics Recycling

New Green Bins

raccoon.pngLast week, the City of Toronto unveiled new raccoon-proof Green Bins for houses that will work with automated trucks (& reduce worker injury). Watch how raccoons deal with the original green bin versus green bin 2.0! 

More plastics for Toronto Blue Bins 

Starting in June 2015, Toronto residents will be able to recycle a wider range of plastic bags in the Blue Bin. Thanks to better sorting technology, and a growing plastic recycling market, Toronto will collect bags such as those for fruit, bread, milk, dry cleaning and more. This will increase the City’s diversion rate and save money.

[updates courtesy of Toronto Environmental Alliance (tea); for more info, see their website]

Spring Cleaning across Toronto this Weekend

200+ Park Clean-Ups This Weekend April 18-19, 2015

Park People has once again partnered with Live Green Toronto to present Clean Toronto Together, a weekend celebration that brings together thousands of Toronto residents, students, businesses, organizations and community groups to remove litter and keep our city clean and green. Get involved in a park clean-up near youLearn more >

Map of Events
There are over 200 community clean-ups in Toronto parks.
Find one near you to participate in >

The cleanup at Trinity Bellwoods Park will take place on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 12:00 PM (Organized by: Indie88)

Queen West Planning Study – Mon, March 30, 2015

You are invited to attend a presentation and open house which will focus on movement – transit, walking, traffic, parking and cycling – in the West Queen West corridor.

Staff from the TTC, the Toronto Parking Authority, Transportation Services, and Toronto Cycling will be on hand to share information and take your questions and comments. Feedback received at this meeting will be vital to understanding movement issues in the corridor and to help staff develop recommendations for City Council.When: Monday, March 30, 2015
Time: 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Where: Senhor Santo Cristo Catholic School – Gymnasium, 30 Humbert Street

To speak to the planner directly, contact Avery Carr, at 416-392-0423 or acarr2@toronto.ca. You may mail your comments to the planner at Toronto and East York District, 100 Queen St W Floor 18 E Toronto On, M5H 2N2.

You may also contact Councillor Gord Perks, Ward 14, at (416) 392-7919, Councillor Ana Bailao, Ward 18, at (416) 392-7012, and Councillor Mike Layton, Ward 19, at (416) 392-4009.

If you are unable to attend the meeting but want to be included in notifications, please email your name and full mailing address to Colleen Auld at cauld@toronto.ca.

Download the meeting notice here.