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October 4, 2007
Several businesses recognized at Bicycle Friendly Business Awards
The City of Toronto honoured a number of businesses for their bicycle friendliness at the 2007 Bicycle Friendly Business Awards ceremony.

The event, which took place in the City Hall Rotunda tonight, paid tribute to businesses and organizations that demonstrate leadership in encouraging cycling by employees and/or customers. By doing so, these businesses are helping to promote the bicycle as a sustainable form of transportation that contributes to a reduction in traffic congestion and pollution.

The following businesses and organizations were recognized for their bicycle friendly initiatives:

Best Bike Parking Award: North American Findings
Bicycle-Friendliest Suburban Business Award: Scarborough Campus Student Union
Bicycle Commute Award: Quadrangle Architects Ltd.
Best Small Business Award: ChocoSol Traders
Best Large Business Award: Urban Space Property Group/Center for Social Innovation
Best Skills Development Award: Ontario Cycling Association
Best Overall Award: Butterfield & Robinson

“These businesses have done outstanding work in supporting bicycle travel in Toronto,” said Councillor Adrian Heaps, Chair of the City’s Cycling Committee. “Cycling to work is a great way to help in the efforts against climate change by reducing the number of cars on our streets. And, it’s a great way to get some exercise at the same time.”

Councillor Adrian Heaps also presented a proclamation recognizing Messenger Appreciation Day (10-9 Day) on behalf of Mayor David Miller. 10-9 Day honours Toronto’s more than 400 bike, foot, and transit couriers for their role in encouraging sustainable alternatives to automobile traffic.

Also at the event, results of the Cycling Consultation Session held on July 26, 2007, were provided. These results will help direct the future of the Toronto Bike Plan, as well as information about the 2008 Cycle Messenger World Championships, being held in Toronto next June.

The Bicycle Friendly Business Awards would like to thank the funding sponsor Mountain Equipment Co-Op and in-kind sponsors Dufflet Pastries and Live Metal Works.

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 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Steve Johnston, Sr. Communications Co-ordinator, 416-392-4391,



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