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May 24, 2007
Over 100 activities highlight Bike Week 2007
  
More than 100 free events promoting cycling in Toronto will highlight Bike Week 2007. While many of the events will take place during the official Bike Week period of May 28 to June 10, a number of community activities will occur over the next six weeks.

Once again this year, the official launch of Bike Week is the marquee event - the 18th Annual Group Commute through the streets of Toronto on Monday, May 28.

Cyclists will meet at Yonge and Bloor at 8:30 a.m. for a group ride to Nathan Phillips Square. Participants will enjoy music, open air booths, demos and a free breakfast of pancakes, croissants, fruit and fair-trade organic coffee, courtesy of the St. Lawrence Market. All plates, cups and cutlery for this event are biodegradable. Mayor David Miller will participate in the ride.

Other major events include:

• Friday, May 25, Dundas Square Movie Night. Street party with V.I.P speakers and a public screening of the critically acclaimed movie ‘ROAM’ and ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ by Al Gore. Street party 6:30 p.m. - 11 p.m. Photo opportunity at 8:30 p.m.

• Monday, May 28, Toronto Bike Map Launch on Nathan Phillips Square. Following the Bike Week Breakfast, the new, updated 2007 Bike maps will be available. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

• Thursday, May 31, Bike Lockers at City Hall. Councillor Adrian Heaps, Chair of the Cycling Committee and city staff will demonstrate this expanding City program that promotes sustainable transportation solutions at 1 p.m.

• Tuesday, June 5, Launch of the Toronto Niagara Bike Train Initiative. Come to Union Station for the premier of this new VIA rail train service with bike racks on board. 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

For more information on Bike Week activities, call the City Cycling office at 416-392-7592 or visit http://www.toronto.ca/cycling/bikeweek.htm.

The City of Toronto is encouraging everyone to make riding their bikes a regular habit - to get to school, work, or wherever they need to go. Bicycles are zero emission vehicles and travelling via bicycle can make a positive impact on the city.

2007 Bike Week sponsors include Ontario Power Generation and the Municipal Parking Authority.

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:
Christina Bouchard, Bike Week Events Organizer, 416-392-7592,
Sean Wheldrake, Bicycle Promotions Coordinator, 416-392-1143 or 416-988-4569


 

 

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