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May 27, 2011
Community events highlight Bike Month 2011
Bike Month 2011, featuring more than 100 events that promote cycling, will take place in Toronto from May 30 to June 30. The events range from free guided tours by bike to art shows and film screenings.

The official launch of Bike Month is highlighted by its marquee event - the annual Group Commute on Monday, May 30. Cyclists from various points around the city will meet at the intersection of Yonge and Bloor streets for a group ride to Nathan Phillips Square. Once there, participants will enjoy music, open air booths, demos and a free pancake breakfast. The event at Nathan Phillips Square will take place from 8 to 9 a.m.

"The number of people cycling to work and school continues to increase significantly," said Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Ward 34 Don Valley East), Chair of the City's Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. "Biking is a healthy lifestyle choice that also helps reduce traffic congestion in our city."

The event, which encourages Torontonians to ride to work, is being held at the same time as other bike-to-work events organized across southern Ontario.

Other Bike Month events include:
• Bicycle Friendly Business Awards kickoff: This celebration will start the nomination period for the Bicycle Friendly Business Awards. The event, sponsored by Tour d'Afrique, will take place at Sweet Pete's Bike Shop (517 Bloor St. W.) on Wednesday, June 1 from 3 to 6 p.m.
• BIXI Toronto information session: The session offers an opportunity to find out more about Toronto's public bicycle sharing program. The event takes place on Friday, June 3 from 8 to 11 a.m. at Union Station, 65 Front St. W.

More information about these and other Bike Month activities is available at or call 311.

Bike Month is one of several events held in the lead-up to World Environment Day celebrations taking place here June 6 and 7. Toronto is North America's host city for this year's World Environment Day event.

Bike Month is sponsored by Toronto Parking Authority, BIXI Toronto, St. Lawrence Market, Alternative Grounds, and Pedal magazine. The television sponsor for the event is CP24 and Now Magazine is the print sponsor.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 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.

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Steve Johnston
Senior Communications Coordinator



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