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May 25, 2017
Toronto's Bike Month to get rolling with Monday's Bike to Work Day
  
More than 200 bicycle-themed events will take place across Toronto during this year's Bike Month, May 29 to June 30. The celebration of cycling will include guided bike tours, cycling workshops and social events. Bike Month encourages Torontonians to ride a bike more often and raises awareness about the importance of cycling infrastructure.

"The City of Toronto is committed to improving how people move around the city," said Mayor John Tory. "That includes investing in bike lanes and other infrastructure that makes it easier and safer to travel by bike in Toronto. Cycling is a great way to get around the city, and it's also good for fitness and for the environment."

Bike to Work Day on Monday, May 29 will kick off Bike Month with a group commute co-hosted by the City of Toronto. Thousands of cyclists from start points all over the city will meet at the intersection of Yonge and Charles Streets at 7:30 a.m. for a group ride to Nathan Phillips Square. Participants will enjoy a free pancake breakfast, courtesy of St. Lawrence Market and Jet Fuel Coffee, with vendors and speakers on the Square from 8 to 8:45 a.m.

“Thanks to Mayor Tory and City Council’s commitment to new, protected bike lanes on Bloor Street, Lake Shore Boulevard East and Woodbine Avenue, as well as new trails and local connections across the city, Toronto’s streets have never been safer for cycling,” said Jared Kolb, Executive Director of Cycle Toronto. “More and more people realize that cycling is not only the fastest way to get from A to B, it's also energizing and fun!”

The City of Toronto has worked with the cycling community since 1989 to encourage people to get on their bikes, and is partnering again with Cycle Toronto to deliver Bike Month programming this year. Bike Month 2017 is presented by MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op), as well as lead Toronto partner CLIF Bar and local partners Smart Commute, Bike Share Toronto, St. Lawrence Market, Jet Fuel Coffee, CP24 and NOW Magazine. Smart Commute is a component of TransformTO, a City of Toronto initiative to reduce carbon emissions to address climate change.

More information about Bike Month events and celebrations is available on the calendar at http://www.bikemonth.ca/events.

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017, Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with "TO Canada with Love," a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.

Media Contact
Valerie Cassells
Strategic Communications
416-660-1712
valerie.cassells@toronto.ca

Jared Kolb
Cycle Toronto
416-729-9023
jared.kolb@cycleto.ca

 

 

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