Books on Bloor 2015
Books on Bloor took place on May 30th, 2015, along the length of Bloor Street in Toronto.
We launched the book ride at 22 Division police station on the east side of Six Points Interchange at 11 am. Local politicians, organizers, and authors–including Peggy Nash, Cheri DiNovo, Cycle Toronto’s Jared Kolb, Doug Saunders, and Ken Greenberg–spoke about the neighbourhood, urban planning, and the importance of bike lanes.
Together with the police bicycle unit we rode to High Park to hear a variety of voices, including Yvonne Bambrick, author of The Urban Cycling Survival Guide; and High Park’s own Christine Fischer Guy reading from her new novel, The Umbrella Mender.
We saw the city from two wheels and heard the city from local authors as we travelled east together with a total of 8 stop & read locations along Bloor.
Authors included Dr. Vincent Lam, Natale Ghent, Gary Barwin, Christine Pountney, and Alissa York.
We ended the ride with a trio of children’s authors & illustrators, who read to us while we sheltered from the downpour and ate cookies. Julie Kraulis, Matt James, and Frank Viva…you were outstanding in the rain!
Books by the authors and illustrators were available for pre-sales at Type Books on Queen Street West. Laurie Featherstone’s Two Wheels Green Delivery pulled books for sales along the route as well.
Our goal for the ride was to raise awareness of the redesigned intersection and complete streets approach at Six Points, as well as the need for bike lanes along the length of Bloor Street. Our hope was to connect the west part of Toronto with the heart of the city, along an obvious east-west corridor that is ideal for cycling.
Simply put, we want to help make Toronto a better place, one street and one book at a time.