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August 18, 2006
City of Toronto offers first-ever Kids CAN-BIKE Camp
Kids CAN-BIKE Camp is the ultimate bike-camp experience for children ages 9 to 12 years who want to develop and increase their cycling skills. This summer, 80 kids are learning how to bike safely and will receive a new bike, helmet, lock and backpack.

Week-long camp activities include an extended Kids CAN-BIKE course and a Bike Hike to Ward’s Island. Upon completion, each child will receive a brand new bike, helmet, lock and backpack.

Expert CAN-BIKE instruction teaches steering, signaling, right and left turns, changing gears, braking and avoiding road hazards. Young cyclists learn how to ride safely in the neighbourhood. They will also learn about equipment and safe cycling techniques, including bike handling skills, bike thinking skills, traffic-free handling skills practice and on-road riding.

Councillor Adam Giambrone (Ward 18- Davenport), Chair of the Toronto Cycling Committee said, “We need to show young people that cycling is not only a lot of fun, but also a great way to get around the city. Just as importantly, we must give them the skills they need to cycle safely, so they will have a lifetime of healthy, safe biking ahead of them. This program is a terrific way to get them cycling and develop those skills.”

Sponsors of the Bicycle Safety Partnership include: Ontario Cycling Association, Toronto Community Foundation, Canadian Tire Foundation for Families - Jump Start Program, Toronto Children’s Aid, the High Park Bicycle Club, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Black’s Camera, Toronto Public Health, Dynatex Textiles Inc., and Velotique.

Contributing agencies include: Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre, Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, Ralph Thornton Mentoring Program, Albion Boys and Girls Club, Canadian Forces Cadet Program out of Regent Park, Jimmy Simpson Recreation Centre, City of Toronto Planning, and City of Toronto Parks, Recreation and Forestry.

Media contacts:

Kevin Beaulieu
Executive Assistant to Councillor Adam Giambrone

Barb Wentworth
Bicycle Safety Planner
City Planning Division



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