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August 7, 2007
Media Advisory: Kids CAN-BIKE Camp teaches bike safety to young people
The Kids CAN-BIKE Camp is the ultimate bike-camp experience for children between nine and 13 years old who want to develop and increase their cycling skills. Young people from across the city are having a great time this summer, learning how to bike safely and receiving a new bike, helmet, lock, safety sash and backpack.

Media interested in learning more about the program can visit the following location:

Date: Thursday, August 9
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre, 870 Queen St. E.

Expert CAN-BIKE instruction teaches steering, signaling, right and left turns, changing gears, braking and avoiding road hazards. The students will also learn all about the right equipment and safe cycling techniques: bike handling skills, bike thinking skills, traffic-free handling skills practice, on-road riding plus the Bike Hike.

Sponsors for the program include: The Bicycle Safety Partnership - Ontario Cycling Association; Canadian Tire Foundation for Families - Jump Start Program; Canadian Tire Store (Yonge and Davenport); Children’s Aid Foundation; Mountain Equipment Coop; the High Park Bicycle Club; Black’s is Photography; the Ontario Ministry of Transportation; Dynatex Textiles Inc; Ward’s Island Association; and, Velotique.

Contributing agencies include: Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre; Community Resource Connections Toronto (CRCT); Children’s Aid Society of Toronto; Ralph Thornton Mentoring Program; Albion Boys and Girls Club; Canadian Forces Cadet Program; Eastview Boys and Girls Club; Community Centre 55; and the City of Toronto’s Planning and Parks, Recreation and Forestry divisons.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Barb Wentworth, Bicycle Safety Planner, 416-392-1142



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