Since we cannot go on actual group walks, we will be going on Virtual City Walks every second Sunday. The virtual city walk consists of a Zoom video conference and will simulate a real City Walk using Google Maps, Street View and other websites.
This week we will visit some laneway houses in downtown Toronto. Laneway homes are a way to increase density, by building infill homes on lanes that were previously used mainly for garages. Some of laneway homes we will walk past are new, and others are nearly 100 years old. The walk is about 6 Km. The Ride with GPS route is https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34651591
The Zoom video conference will start at 9:45 AM on Sunday, and we will begin the virtual walk at about 10:10 AM. Join us before the beginning of the walk to have a get-together with other TBN members, if you like. Typically, the virtual walks last until 11:00 or11:30. Feel free to drop out, join, or rejoin us at any time. We can also have a group chat at the end, if anyone is interested.
If you are not already on my Virtual City Walk email list, please send an email to email@example.com letting me know who you are, and asking to be added the list. If you are on the list, I will email you the link to join the Zoom conference (probably by Saturday evening).
(Please note that I have been experiencing some difficulty sending emails, so if I have trouble emailing the Zoom information, I will post it on the website, in the Calendar announcement.)
When you connect, you will be placed in the “waiting room”, and I will then admit you to the actual video conference. If you are late joining us, get dropped and rejoin, or have any other problem getting in, I may not notice you in the “waiting room”, so please:
- message my cell at 416-917-8866, if that is not successful,
- call my cell at 416-917-8866, if that is not successful,
- call my home at 905-881-9259,
and I will let you into the video conference.
Zoom allows you to control your microphone and camera. You can mute your microphone so that no one can hear you, and you can start or stop your video feed, so that people can either see you or not. I will initially let everyone control their own microphone, so we can have discussions, but if there are too many people, or if it gets too chaotic, I will mute all microphones. There is a “raise hand” feature that will allow people to request permission to speak. Zoom also includes a chat feature which allows you to send text messages to everyone in the conference, or privately to one other individual. Zoom is very easy to use, but you might want to download the free app before the meeting, and play with it a bit to get used to using it.
If you have any questions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Burdett - City Walks Coordinator