Media Advisory: Every Toronto street is a cycling street|
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The City of Toronto invites members of the media to participate in the official
launch of Bike Week on May 28. The all-day "bicycle-friendly streets" event
gathers cycling enthusiasts from across the city to celebrate the importance of
bicycle use in Toronto.
The traditional "humongous group ride" will kick-start the day. Cyclists will
start from points across the city (see
map) and then converge at Yonge and Bloor to travel to Nathan Phillips
Square for a free pancake breakfast.
The Honourable Elizabeth Witmer, the minister of environment and the Honourable
Bradley Clark, the minister of transportation will join the Yonge and Bloor
ride on a tandem bicycle (a bicycle for two). The two will cycle down to Nathan
Phillips Square before participating in the official launch (8:30 a.m.) being
kicked off by Avril Benoit, CBC Radio One's Here & Now host.
The fun will run right into lunchtime (from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) on Nathan
Phillips Square. Cyclists will be treated to live music by Ember Swift and
Nathan's Flat, comedy by Ron Tite, bicycle demonstrations and a Mountain
Equipment Co-op fashion show. The day wraps up with an "afternoon humongous
group ride" leaving from Nathan Phillips Square at 5:15 p.m. or Yonge and Bloor
at 5:30 p.m. The ride will take cyclists back to their morning cycling starts.
The day's theme is every Toronto street is a cycling street, one of the guiding
principles of the proposed Toronto Bike Plan. The bicycle-friendly streets
component examines ways to ensure that transportation policies, practices and
regulations support increased bicycle safety and access for intersections,
roadways, bridges and underpasses.