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June 27, 2001
Toronto wants to reward bicycle friendly businesses
The City of Toronto's Bicycle Friendly Business Awards (BFBA) is in its seventh
year and continues to recognize businesses and organizations that support and
innovatively promote cycling. The Toronto Cycling Committee endorses this
program and acts as an advisor to city council.

This year's opening event was held today at Mountain Equipment Co-op, a Toronto
company recognized as the model of a bicycle friendly business. "I shop at
Mountain Equipment Co-op regularly for my year round cycling needs," says
Councillor Olivia Chow, co-chair of the Toronto Cycling Committee and a 2001
BFBA judge. "Businesses in Toronto know that if they are bike friendly their
businesses thrive from the shopping habits of the 900,000 Toronto cyclists."

The City of Toronto is working with the private sector in an effort to meet the
goal set down by the proposed Toronto Bike Plan: to double the number of
bicycle trips made in the City of Toronto by 2011.

Nomination forms can be obtained by calling 416-392-2577, forms should be
submitted by Friday, September 28, 2001 at 5 p.m.

A panel of eight Toronto area judges will then appraise the nominated companies
in categories such as provision of secure/monitored bicycle parking facilities,
the percentage of employees that cycle and the corporate use of bicycle
services. Awards will be presented in the following six categories:
- Best Bike Parking Award
- Bicycle-Friendliest Suburban Business Award
- Bicycle Commute Award
- Best Small Business Award
- Best Large Business Award
- Best Overall Award

The presentation ceremony will take place on Wednesday, October 24, 2001. For
more information on the awards visit

Media Contact
Sean Wheldrake
Bicycle Promotions Co-ordinator



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