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September 16/02 6:18 am - Harvest Tour, Toronto Car Free Day, Toronto Public Meeting

Posted by Editoress on 09/16/02

Bike Tour and Harvest Celebration Rally in Support of Friends of the Rouge Watershed
Courtesy Adam Rupple

Begin your day in the country with a leisurely 11km Cycling Tour through some of Canada's finest remaining foodlands and scenic rural settings. Along the way, learn about community efforts to link the Oak Ridges Moraine to Lake Ontario through more than 110 square kilometres of publicly-owned greenspace and farmland.

9:30am - 10-30am - Cycling Tour Registration
10:30am - 12:00pm - Cycling Tour
12:00 - 6:00pm - Harvest Celebration Rally

Where? Come to Herongate Barn Theatre, 2885 Altona Road (minutes north of Steeles/Taunton Rd).
For more information and to register, please visit:

Toronto Car Free Day

Toronto is getting ready to host its second annual Car Free Day on Sunday, September 22nd, 2002. Last year a section of St. George Street was closed and there were many events hosted along that street. This year the organizers have taken a different approach and want to spread the celebrations across the city. There will be 15 "Open Your Street" events which are listed on their web site. Included in the listing are the times of the events, the location and the activities that will be taking place. The activities range from bike repair clinics, BBQs, face painting, street sports, yoga classes, and more.

Car Free Day is a world wide phenomenon. The goal is to reduce car dependancy and explore alternative forms of transportation, cycling being one of them. You can read more information at the International Car Free Day web site More information about Toronto's Car Free Day is at

In addition to the events on September 22 there will be a film night on Saturday, September 21, 2002 at the Bloor Cinema at 6:45 pm. To get more infomation about that go to the Car Free Movie night page.

Public Meeting on City of Toronto Official Plan

On September 24th, 2002 the City of Toronto will host a public meeting to gather input from the residents of the city on the new City of Toronto Official Plan. This meeting is required before City Council can vote to approve the plan. The meeting will be held at the City Council Chambers at 100 Queen Street West and will start at 9:30 am. There will be opportunities for residents of Toronto to speak at this meeting.

The Toronto Official Plan has been in the works for over three years and was released on May 27th, 2002. It is the first official plan for the Amalgamated City of Toronto and it lays out a vision for the development of the city for the next 30 years. It tries to lay out how Toronto will absorb its share(between 500,00 and one million people) of 2.6 million more people moving to the Greater Toronto Area in the next 30 years. It addresses the issues of land use, transportation, and implementation.

This plan should be of interest to those that want to increase the role of cycling as a transportation mode. There are sections of the Official Plan that deal with cycling in general and the Toronto Bike Plan in particular. To try and summarize the Plan in a short article would be impossible. Fortunately for those who are interested the plan is available on the City of Toronto's web site.

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