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  • #814244

    fietser
    Participant

    Wow – making the Creek look like a page outta Bike Mag. Nice work @fasttimes!

    Sadly it has been all work and no play for me too lately πŸ™

    As for those stones, was it actual CoT workers putting them there? Because if I hadn’t heard differently it would look as though they had been dumped there. It just doesn’t seem like something the City would do as it basically prevents them from cutting the grass there now with a larger mower. Odd coincidence given the proximity to the area your gentlemen friend has been hot and bothered about.

    And for all you folks lurking this thread, its also important that you contribute here. At least say hi!

    Well put!

    Santa Cruz

    #814340

    skyguy
    Participant

    Went for my first-ever night ride in Etobicoke Creek Trail last night. CRAAAAAZY! I thought it was nuts in the daytime, wow. What a blast. My main light battery crapped out about 3/4 through the ride so that was………interesting. Note to self: double-check battery charge before next night ride. Good thing I had a secondary helmet light on but it was not terribly bright, better than total darkness though.

    Met a fellow rider on the trail too, close to Queensway I think (?) last night. I’m assuming it was one of you guys since he said he has ridden “hundreds of hours” in the creek trail. Was dark out obviously, but I believe he was riding a black plus-sized hardtail. Nice guy, patiently waited for me to pass while I was trying to take photos in the dark LOL (sorry, I was unaware he was there waiting for me!).

    Gonna hopefully hit the trail again in the morning with a newbie MTB buddy of mine and show him the south loop and Marie Curtis area. Should be good weather, crisp but hopefully dry out there.

    #814346

    fietser
    Participant

    Went for my first-ever night ride in Etobicoke Creek Trail last night. CRAAAAAZY!

    At this time of year I am almost solely a night rider – hit me up if you ever want to ride. Always much nicer and safer this time of year to ride with another. Always happy to have another rider along.

    Met a fellow rider I believe he was riding a black plus-sized hardtail.

    Sounds like @carpetbomber?

    Hope you go out again this morning. Glorious weather on this rather somber day.

    #814355

    skyguy
    Participant

    Not sure who it was, think he had black hair under the helmet, and I recall a black beard/goatee perhaps?

    I did get out yesterday and brought a friend (did the southern loop up to Dundas and then back down to Waterfront), who loved the trail and was amazed at the riding. He found it refreshing to “get out of the City, while still being in the City”. He then went for a leisurely ride around Port Credit to explore.

    Great example of paying it forward, I think. Learning more here helped me share it with someone else who appreciated the chance to enjoy the beauty of Etobicoke Creek.

    Thanks to all of you who help make it what it is!

    #814360

    braindamaged
    Participant

    Actually #skyguy it was I who you met Wednesday night. It was an amazing night for a ride, I ended up riding the whole northern loop that night.

    We should try and schedule a night ride in the future.

    #814409

    aerius
    Participant

    Construction crews have bulldozed an access road down to the creek just north of the railway bridge on the east side of the south loop. I was just riding along about to hit that nice downhill section and boom, construction fence and a good 10-15 metre wide dirt road running parallel to the tracks starting from scrap yard/industrial lot that’s beside the trails. Didn’t see anyone I could ask to find out what they’re doing, but man, it ain’t pretty.

    #814443

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Roots have let go on a tree (pic attached) and it’s leaning over the new high-line trail at Rathburn, making it not passable. It will need to get cut out. Should be doable with a handsaw if anyone is up to the task. Just please take care not to damage the trail while your at it. Danka!

    Otherwise conditions are amazing. Dry and grippy with a few frozen/moist spots. Won’t be the case after tomorrow and Friday’s rain however, Hopeful but doubtful it will be good by the weekend.

    Traffic on the trails has increased exponentially with no increase in communication here. Lots or ruts and tracks from folks riding in the mud. Exposed roots and erosion is noticeably increased. It’s great that people are out there riding the trails, but it’s imperative that they connect with the community and respect some basic trail sustainability guidelines.

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    #814451

    fietser
    Participant

    A perfect storm of just about everything except riding has kept me off the trails for almost 2 weeks! Doh!

    Anyway, just checking in to see if there is anymore intel on that construction that @aerius mentioned. @skyguy is this something that you could shed some light on from a municipal perspective?

    On a separate note I bumped into my former neighbour and we got talking about the MX bikes in the Creek. He was telling me he got so fed up with them ripping up and down his street (heading to the trails) and lack of action by the councillor that he called the police. He was able to get the contact information for the constable who deals directly with the Alderwood community (where they tend to live and enter the trails). Yet to see if this will have any positive impact in keeping them off the trails. Fingers crossed.

    #814497

    aerius
    Participant

    Took some photos of the construction by the railway bridge on the south loop. Anyone have leads on what’s going on in there?


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    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Came up along my big urban loop today and saw this just past ball diamond entrance. Almost looks like containing a spill.

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    #814512

    fietser
    Participant

    Took some photos of the construction by the railway bridge on the south loop. Anyone have leads on what’s going on in there?

    Ask and ye shall receive. Quick email to Vince D’Elia at the TRCA followed up a phone call and here is the info:

    Off course I remember you and appreciate you keeping an eye on the watershed and sharing these observations.

    The work at the at the CN Rail Bridge is being carried out by CN as part of a larger bank stabilization project to prevent further scouring from the river and undermining their bridge abutments – infrastructure protection.

    The Floating spill boom has been there for a while and has probably been installed as a Ministry of Environment and/or the City of Toronto Spills Management department regulatory measure to help manage any spills associated with runoff from their property into the outflow channel. The boom helps collect and capture any floating contaminants such as gas and oils that run off paved surfaces into the storm drain and into the outflow channel – the boom would have to be monitored regularly and replaced as needed.

    Hope this information is helpful and answers your questions.

    If possible, could you please send higher resolution copies of the images you included in your email directly to my co-worker Casey Cook (Off course I remember you and appreciate you keeping an eye on the watershed and sharing these observations.

    The work at the at the CN Rail Bridge is being carried out by CN as part of a larger bank stabilisation project to prevent further scouring from the river and undermining their bridge abutments – infrastructure protection.

    The Floating spill boom has been there for a while and has probably been installed as a Ministry of Environment and/or the City of Toronto Spills Management department regulatory measure to help manage any spills associated with runoff from their property into the outflow channel. The boom helps collect and capture any floating contaminants such as gas and oils that run off paved surfaces into the storm drain and into the outflow channel – the boom would have to be monitored regularly and replaced as needed.

    Hope this information is helpful and answers your questions.

    If possible, could you please send higher resolution copies of the images you included in your email directly to my co-worker Casey Cook (CCook@trca.on.ca) for our records – I have copied Casey on this email. Please don’t send me the higher resolution photos.

    In the past you have flagged some sites along the Etobicoke Creek that were in need of a “clean-up”. If possible, can you let me know if you are aware of any other sites along the valley lands within the GTA ( in either the Etobicoke, Mimico, Humber, Don watersheds) that are plagued by illegal dumping and littering activity – we are in the process of identifying sites for our 2017 watershed wide clean-up efforts.

    Re: the bridge – CN is Federally regulated so really they only have to do the courtesy of letting TRCA know that they are doing work in the Valley lands (TRCA was aware of the work). Also, since they are regulated by another body they don’t always have the same policy and protocols and as a result may not always do work in compliance with municipal standards. As such, forwarding info for TRCA to follow up on is greatly appreciates (thus the ask for the high rez pics)

    We collectively decided that perhaps the booms (which have actually always been there – just not usually as white) had been recently replaced as a result of more vigilant monitoring with the recent completion of the Parking facilities at Sherway Gardens – more cars and construction likely result in more contaminants in the run off.

    @braindamaged and @allantats though of you guys when he mentioned the ‘clean up’ sites – feel free to give Vince a call or email – I mentioned you guys had done a bunch of work.

    Talked about a variety of other Creek related topics – everything from the Sherway Link fiasco to preferred trail surfaces moving forward. Vince wants our input and is willing to listen (we talked for almost 45mins). Seriously, if you have questions pick up the phone or drop him a line it only takes a minute to have your voice heard.

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    #814601

    skyguy
    Participant

    Vince is an avid cyclist and also a great resource, I speak with him regularly and would also encourage anyone here to contact him with info, questions, concerns, or suggestions. With his position in TRCA, he has a bit more latitude to deal with issues directly, say, than City municipal staff. As a result, sometimes TRCA can “make things happen” easier or more quickly.

    On a trail conditions note, has the ground started to firm up in there, or is it still slippy?

    #814603

    aerius
    Participant

    Thanks for the update and especially for the contact info. I’m pretty out of the loop these days after getting completely burned out on advocacy in the early 2000s, now I know who I can contact to talk about things like this.

    As for trail conditions, it’s ugly in there. I rode part of the north loop on Monday and spent far too much time hiking & sliding around, it’s probably even worse now with the rain we’ve had. Looking at the weather forecast, early mornings should be possible next week and maybe the weekend if we’re lucky and don’t get too much snow.

    #814606

    fietser
    Participant

    Yes, Vince (and the TRCA in general) is awesome and in my experience gets back to you quickly and with the information you need/ want. I agree @skyguy it would be great if more people took the time to pick up phone or drop an email. It would likely begin to show the number of riders who a) use these trails b) care about their continued existence. To be honest I have always had WAY more traction and care with the TRCA that the City.

    As far as conditions are concerned. I was out late on Tuesday night, only up to Dundas, and it was rideable (as in cleaned all the climbs) but with the rain the other night as @aerius mentioned I would imagine conditions may have changed. Tough time of year since without the sun/ heat the trails take longer to dry out. Hoping with the lower temperatures forecasted the trails may freeze up a bit. However, with the snow in the forecast things could get really interesting!

    In other news, I have seen coyotes on nearly every ride lately (we hear the almost every night out behind my place around 10pm) – on Tuesday I came up on one, like within about 2 m, right at West Mall and Queensway. The only reason I mention this is because coming up on animals and startling them sometimes results in scared and unpredictable animals. As a result, I have taken to trying to make more noise (usually whistling) when I am out riding solo at night ( I know, I know….). Side bar – I have actually been seeing loads of animals while out riding at night two owls, the coyote, a load of bunnies and a skunk all on Tuesday night alone. Pretty cool to have that right in the city.

    #814613

    fietser
    Participant

    Trail in the Southern section was frozen this morning. If the sun stays away I would imagine it will stay frozen most of the day.

    Happy riding if you get out.

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