"It is by riding a bicycle that you
learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and
coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor
car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance
of country you have driven through." -- Ernest Miller Hemingway
About the club
Welcome - We are Toronto based LGBT and queer youth cycling club and division
of Gay West Community Network Inc. (Queer West )A non Profit organization Our
Membership (Yahoo groups & Facebook) has now climbed to about 167 as of
August 23, 2013. Our season runs from May to October, we try to have as many
weekly rides as possible.
We see no benefits in being members of Outsport Toronto organization. We prefer
to be an independent organization, however we are members of The North America
Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation www.glisa-na.org
. We take Pride in our long association with Queer West Fest or as it is now
called Toronto Queer Arts Festival.
Group Ride suggestions for 2014 - Guests welcome!
Club Meeting May 4, 2014
Meeting to organize rides for 2014 with Mattius Barriclus. all welcome to attend.
Tentative date Sunday May 4th 2 pm at Hogtown Cure Deli & Cafe - 1484 Dundas
St W. at Dufferin, Toronto ON
Back Alley Tour
We will organize favourite alley, laneway, secret passage or hidden trail
in downtown Toronto. This will be a fun, adventurous, meandering group ride
to discover new routes and hidden treasures off our the main streets of Toronto.
Eco friendly Bike ride along the Martin Goodman (Waterfront) Trail -Mississauga
to Toronto Lakeshore as a guest,
Share a poem,
An idea, a creative thought at each stop along this ride, starting in Trinity
Bellwoods with a short reading from me, ending at The Last Temptation in Kensington
Market. We're still getting various reports on the possibilities of “Shakespeare
in the Park” type deals where
Parkettes of the west end…
Simple enough starting at Trinity Bellwoods, ending up at High Park with stops
at various small and rarely acknowledged parkettes along the way. Maybe go to
Mitzi’s Sister in Parkdale, after for a drink?
High Park Ride…
We wanna do this just because Weve never really explored High Park before, so
a ride through the park – stops at the bird sanctuary, the zoo, the big castle
Mike Holmes and company recently put in… maybe start the ride outside of the
high park area, and then a drink at a west end bar…
We loved the sound of it. Could start the ride away from the Ferry (High Park),
or at the Ferry, but the primary ride would be on the islands, starting at Ward's
Island.Would like to do a picnic or something, but we can imagine that will
be easy to set-up at all.
Toronto Pride Ride...
8th annual original TORONTO PRIDE RIDE on Bicycles for Old Friends, New Friends,
LGBTQ Refugees and Newcomers. The Toronto Pride Ride is the only one of it's
kind in North America . We take Pride in our queer Toronto Community. The event
is part of the annual Toronto Queer Arts Festival (Queer West Fest) in August.
Traditionally this event is held every June.. Details
of event in 2011
We thought at the end of the season at ride across the Boardwalk near the water
front (does that thing have a proper name?), not sure of a starting point yet
but ending up at Sunnyside Beach to watch the sun set, which is surely nice,
though We’ve never experienced it first hand.
West End History…
We're still waiting on a call to a professor at U of T , but I thought Parkdale
has such a rich history so maybe a cycle through the neighbourhood, pointing
out a few distinct landmarks. Ideally we’d like to do this one with a historian
friend of a friend, who could say something at each spot
OH BTW....Don't Join Toronto Bicycle Users (BUG) Network the web site
has not been updated in eight (8) years. They're still give awards to the same
old crowd listed 8 years ago Forget about starting a new BUG Club, you won't
Homo Bike Centre Office
(We located in Ward 18 Dupont South)
Gay West Bicycle Club
562 Dufferin St B1
Toronto ON M6K 2A9
Do you have to be queer?
No, and in fact we have a few members who are not, although they prefer not
to be outed as hetero. If necessary, we will be happy to help you select a new
colour for the living room, spiffy up your wardrobe (cycling and non), help
you re-examine your tastes in art and music, and instruct you on the basics
of the successful dinner party.
What makes you a queer bike club?
We dress up at parties, wear funny hats and Cycle in the Queer West Toronto
Pride Ride every year. Some of us even have same-gender relationships!! We are
tolerant of homosexually-challenged individuals, as long as they do not display
their affections in public.
Ways to join us
We have 100 members on FACEBOOK (Gay West Bicyle Club) www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=7366448476
67 members on YAHOO GROUPS (GWBIKECLUB) Join with any email address in the
Yahoo groups, but only on this page.
Your personal information is private; not shared, sold or visible to anyone.
The Gay West Bicycle Club is an active member of The North America Gay
and Lesbian Sport Federation www.glisa-na.org
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Bicycle Map (All city wide, lanes, paths and routes updated in 2009)
Gay and Lesbian Canadian Sports & Cycling Information
- Halifax, NS; founded in May, 2011. Rainbow Halifax Off-road Mountain Bike
Users Society; trail riding in and around Halifax.. .
Gay and Lesbian United States Cycling Clubs
Gay and Lesbian International Cycling And Sports Clubs
- Adelaide Spokes Adelaide, Australia
- Les Dérailleurs de Paris (Fédération Sportive Gaie et Lesbienne, Paris France - French text)
- Gay Cycling Touring Group (U.K.) Weekend tours of Britain and longer tours in Europe
- Gay Outdoor Club (U.K.) Sports Club - England
- Brighton (England) Lesbian and Gay Sports Society
- Gay Outdoors Club Scotland
- Sydney Spokes - Sydney, Australia
- Panteres Grogues - Barcelona (spanish text)
- CycleOut - London, England
- Cycle Pride
Auckland - (New Aug 8, 2013) Cycle Pride for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender,
Takataapui, Fa'afafine, and Intersex people,and their friends, who incorporate
cycling into the different ways they get around our fabulous city! (Aukland
Canadian Bicycling Tourism and Recreation
- Bicycle Ontario
is a public service web site dedicated to encouraging recreational cycling
on Tours self-guided bike tour information source with everything that
you need to enjoy bicycling in Ontario.
- Bike Train new cycle
tourism initiative introducing bike racks onboard select passenger rail trains
to destinations in Ontario
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