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May 26, 2006
Media Advisory - Bike Week 2006 to launch with 17th annual Group Commute and free Bike to Work Breakfast
The City of Toronto will launch Bike Week 2006 (May 29 to June 11) on Monday May 29 with the 17th annual Group Commute and a free Bike to Work Breakfast at Nathan Phillips Square. Hundreds of cyclists will ride from five official start points to show their support for a more bicycle-friendly city. “Every bicycle trip improves the quality of life for all Torontonians” (Section 7.1 Toronto Bike Plan)

Photo opportunities:

7:25 a.m. Councillors Sylvia Watson at Bloor and High Park
Councillor Paula Fletcher at Dundas Street East and Kingston

8 a.m. Mayor David Miller, and Councillor Adam Giambrone, will join other City Councillors and cyclists at the intersection of Yonge and Bloor Streets

8:05 a.m. Cyclists head to City Hall

8:30 a.m. Mayor David Miller, City Councillors and Cyclists arrive at Nathan Phillips Square

8:40 a.m. Mayor David Miller will present Councillor Adam Giambrone (Co-chair) and the Toronto Cycling Committee with the Bike Week Proclamation

8:45 a.m. Celebrity Chefs will be flipping pancakes

9 a.m. Councillor Adam Giambrone will announce the winner of a draw for a hip urban cruiser bike, courtesy of So Nice organic soymilk

11:30 a.m. Lunchtime Cycling Festival and Fair on Nathan Phillips Square

Pick up a free T-shirt and participate in the City of Toronto’s marquee Bike Week event by meeting at one of five points around the city. Cyclists will converge at Yonge and Bloor and ride down to Nathan Phillips Square for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. where they will have a chance to enter a draw to win a hip urban cruiser bike courtesy of So Nice organic soymilk. There will also be a NOW Magazine bike giveaway. Free breakfast provided by the St. Lawrence Market.

Celebrity chefs and the B-Girlz will flip pancakes. Guest Master of Ceremonies, Frank Ferragine (Weather Specialist with Breakfast Television and Gardening Specialist with CityNews) will host the event on Nathan Phillips Square.

The festivities will continue into a lunchtime festival with music, cycling-related displays, guest speakers and repair workshops. This year over 70 organizations and community groups have joined with the City of Toronto, Ontario Power Generation, Citytv and the Toronto Parking Authority to host more than 130 cycling events.

Media contacts:

Stacy Douglas
Community Cycling Organizer
416-338-5076 or 416-407-0301

Sean Wheldrake
Bicycle Promotions Co-ordinator
416-392-1143 or 416-988-4569



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