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August 15, 2007
Kids CAN-BIKE Camp ride to Toronto Islands
Children at the Kids CAN-BIKE Camp will be joined by Astrid de Vries, Deputy Consul General from the Netherlands, Usman Valiante of the Bicycle Trade Association of Canada, and other guests on a “bike hike” to the Toronto Islands.

Date: Friday, August 17
Time: 9:30 a.m. sharp
Location: Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre, 870 Queen St. E.
(north side of Queen St. E., east of Broadview Ave., just past the rail overpass)
Meet at the ice rink at the back of the recreation centre.

Members of the media are invited to bring their bikes and helmets to join the kids for the ride to the ferry docks.

The Kids CAN-BIKE Camp provides children, between nine and 13 years of age, with an opportunity to develop and increase their cycling skills. More than 15 social service agencies and sponsors have joined together to provide 80 children with bikes, helmets, locks, backpacks and safety sashes during a one-week bike safety camp. Last year’s camp won an achievement award for excellence from the Ministry of Transportation in the category of Road Safety Partnerships

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 Co-op; High Park Bicycle Club; Black’s is Photography; Ontario Ministry of Transportation; Dynatex Textiles Inc; Ward’s Island Association; Velotique.

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 contact: Barb Wentworth, Bicycle Safety Planner, 416-392-1142



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