CITY WALKS

City Walk Planning Meeting - Saturday, July 27, 2019

We will be holding our annual meeting to plan the 2019 Fall City Walk schedule, as well producing some ideas for the 2020 Winter Walks. If you would like to contribute some ideas, perhaps lead a walk or two, get together with some of your walking buddies, are curious about the City Walk program, or perhaps would just like to have a beverage or two, please join us on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the Monarch Tavern for a planning meeting. We will be upstairs on the 2nd floor.

The Monarch Tavern is located at 12 Clinton Street, one block south of College St., on the corner of Clinton and Henderson St. To get there you can:

  • take the subway to Bathurst station and ride the streetcar south to College,then walk west to Clinton, and south to Henderson,
  • or take the 506 streetcar along College to Clinton, and walk south to Henderson,
  • or take the 505 streetcar along Dundas to Grace Street, walk north to Mansfield Ave, east to Clinton, and then north to Henderson

Note that there is currently a scheduled subway closure on Line 1 (Yonge Line) for this date, between Sheppard-Yonge and St Clair stations, in case that affects your travel time. However, before heading out, please check the TTC Scheduled Subway Closures site at https://www.ttc.ca/Service_Advisories/Subway_closures/index.jsp to see if this has changed. Also, check for other TTC bus or streetcar diversions at https://www.ttc.ca/Service_Advisories/Route_diversions/index.jsp.

If you not able to make it but are interested in having some input, please email me at citywalks@tbn.ca. If you are interested in leading a walk, please let me know what dates you would be interested in and which walks you would be interested in leading. Note that you must be a TBN member to lead a walk.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at citywalks@tbn.ca.

City Walk Program - General Information

If you are looking for something to do when the weather is too cool for comfortable cycling, why not join us for some fun and social walks. From mid-October to mid-December TBN offers scheduled pre-planned Fall City Walks every Sunday morning at 10:00 AM (with one exception), and using city streets and/or ravines. Information on these walks will be available in the Calendar sometime in August.

In the winter, from the beginning of January until it is nice enough to cycle in the spring, we offer a more informal program of similar Winter City Walks, also starting Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM, but the start point, end point , and route will not be announced until a few days before the walk. This allows us to select a route appropriate for the expected weather conditions, reflect current events, or other items of interest.

The City Walks walks start at or very near a subway station, typically go for about 10 Km, and end at either the same or a different subway station. We usually stay together as a group, and the level of difficulty is similar to a Leisure Wheeler or Urban Roller bike ride, with a walking pace of about 4 to 5 Km/h. There will usually be a stop for coffee and one or two bathroom breaks. Typically, we end near a location where we can get a snack, lunch, or a beverage. 

Some walks may have themes, where we go to look at particular things, and some walks may not, where we just walk to enjoy walking. For the Fall Walks, maps will either be made available on the website, as is currently done for bike rides. 

The Fall City Walks are free to TBN members. Non-members are welcome, but will be asked to sign the waiver form and pay the $5 non-member fee. The Winter City Walks are free to both members and non-members, but non-members must sign the waiver form, either via the web site or via hard copy at the start.

We expect there may continue to be a large number scheduled TTC subway closures, due mostly to work on the Eglinton Crosstown Line. We will attempt to schedule around these outages so that the start and end points are accessible by subway from downtown. However, before heading out, please check the TTC Scheduled Subway Closures site at https://www.ttc.ca/Service_Advisories/Subway_closures/index.jsp to see if this has changed. Also, check for other TTC bus or streetcar diversions at https://www.ttc.ca/Service_Advisories/Route_diversions/index.jsp.

As we have done for the past few years, we will likely arrange to do some sort of unofficial walking events for Jane's Walks and for Doors Open Toronto, both of which will probably occur in May 2020.

If you have any questions about the City Walk program, please email me at citywalks@tbn.ca

John Burdett - City Walks Coordinator


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