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May 24, 2002
Bike Week 2002 pedals into high gear
  
Toronto City councillors are calling on all cycling enthusiasts to help kick
off Bike Week 2002 by meeting at Bay and Bloor Streets on May 27 for an 8 a.m.
group ride. Joining in the ride will be councillors Olivia Chow (co-chair of
the Toronto Cycling Committee), Betty Disero, Irene Jones, Joe Mihevc, David
Miller, Jane Pitfield and Paul Sutherland.

The ride will end at Nathan Phillips Square at 8:30 a.m., where Curt Harnett, a
three-time Olympic cycling medallist, will officially launch Bike Week.
Participants will also be treated to a free breakfast.

Bike Week runs from June 1 to 9 and features a jam-packed calendar of events
celebrating the city's varied and lively cycling cultures. Thousands of people
from across the city will come together to enjoy cycling-related festivals,
forums, workshops, demonstrations, races and much more.

For more information about all events, visit http://www.city.toronto.on.ca/cycling/bikeweek_2002.htm,
] call 416-392-7592, e-mail [bikeweek@city.toronto.on.ca

Bike Week is supported by Bell Sports, Enbridge Consumers Gas, I Deal Coffee,
Metro Today, Mountain Equipment Co-op, NOW, Rickshaw Services of Toronto, St.
Lawrence Market, The Messengers International, Timothy's Coffees of the World,
Toronto Community News, and West End Revue.

BACKGROUNDER
Bike Week 2002

The 13th annual Bike Week is here with over 100 cycling-related events
happening throughout Toronto.

Bike Week brings together thousands of cyclists and celebrates Toronto's
diverse and vibrant cycling culture, while promoting cycling as a viable, fun,
safe, community building and environmentally friendly form of transportation.

City of Toronto events:

May 27 - Bike Week Launch: Councillor Group Ride Challenge & Free Breakfast
8 a.m. group ride from Bay & Bloor Streets down to Nathan Phillips Square,
Toronto City Hall.
Free breakfast will follow, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

June 3 to June 9 - Bicycle & Art Showcase
Features unique bikes and displays of cycling related art and photography from
local artists. All week at the Toronto City Hall rotunda.

June 3 - June 13 Annual Bike Week Group Commute & Free Breakfast
7:30 a.m. group rides from one of five start points around the city. Cyclists
will converge at 8 a.m. at Yonge & Bloor Streets and continue together down to
Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall for a free breakfast at 8:30 a.m.

June 3 - Day of the BUG (Bicycle User Group) Festival & Fair
Features live music and entertainment with information displays from over 20
organizations giving people the chance to learn more about BUGs and Toronto's
diverse cycling community. Takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Nathan
Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall.

June 3 - Annual Bike Week Afternoon Group Commute
Meet at Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall at 5:15 p.m. for a 5:30 p.m.
ride back to original morning start points.

June 5 - Walking/Wheeling Wednesday
The City of Toronto and Maurice Cody Public School challenges City councillors
and communities to commute by walking or cycling.

June 7 - Bicycle Transit Links with TTC
Meet at 10:30 a.m. at Finch Station's Kiss 'n' Ride on the west side of Yonge
Street for an 11 a.m. departure. Ride the subway from Finch to Downsview
Station then return to Union Station, followed by a lunchtime ride to St.
Lawrence Market.


Media Contact
Media contact:
Caron Cheng, Bike Week Facilitator,
416-988-3822 or 416-338-5076

 

 

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