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May 24, 2013
Community events highlight Bike Month 2013 in Toronto
  
Toronto's Bike Month, from May 27 to June 30, will feature more than 100 events that promote cycling, including rides, guided bike tours, art shows and film screenings. Bike Month's official launch will be highlighted by its marquee event, the May 27 Bike to Work Day Group Commute.

The City of Toronto has worked with the cycling community since 1989 to deliver programming to encourage people to get on their bikes.

"The City continues to expand its bike network with more off-road trails and separated bike lanes to increase safety and network connectivity so that there are more biking opportunities in our communities," said Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Ward 34 Don Valley East), Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. "Cycling is a healthy activity that everyone in the family can enjoy, and it's becoming a real option to driving for many."

For the May 27 group commute event, cyclists from all over the city will meet at the intersection of Yonge and Bloor streets at 7:30 a.m. for a group ride to Nathan Phillips Square. Once there, from 8 to 9 a.m. participants will be able to enjoy open-air booths, speeches, celebration and a free pancake breakfast provided by St. Lawrence Market.

Other notable community events happening during Bike Month in Toronto include:
- an evening reception and conversation with Gabe Klein, Chicago Commissioner of Transportation, on May 27 at the Glenn Gould Studio, hosted by Share the Road Cycling Coalition and Toronto Centre for Active Transportation
- a ceremonial plaque unveiling with the Huron-Wendat Nation and a ride on the Finch Hydro Corridor on June 15
- a Bike Month Wrap Party on June 25 at the Gladstone Hotel, hosted by Cycle Toronto

More information about these events and other Bike Month activities is available at
http://www.toronto.ca/cycling/bikemonth/.

Toronto Bike Month is presented by the City of Toronto and Cycle Toronto. Partners of Bike Month 2013 include Smart Commute, McLeish Orlando, BIXI Toronto, St. Lawrence Market, Sweet Pete’s Bike Shop, Cycle Solutions, Bateman’s Bicycle Company, Timbuk2, Zipcar, and Jet Fuel Coffee. The broadcast partner for the event is CP24 and NOW Magazine is the weekly print media partner.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media Contact
Steve Johnston
Senior Communications Coordinator
416-392-4391
sjohnsto@toronto.ca

 

 

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