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January 20, 2010
Toronto businesses recognized with Bicycle Friendly Business Awards
The City of Toronto last night honored seven businesses for their “bicycle friendliness” with the 2009 Bicycle Friendly Business Awards.

The awards presentation, which took place at the Gladstone Hotel, paid tribute to businesses and organizations that have demonstrated leadership in encouraging cycling by employees and/or customers. By doing so, these businesses are helping to promote the bicycle as a sustainable form of transportation that contributes to a reduction in traffic congestion and pollution.

The following businesses and organizations were recognized for their bicycle friendliness:
Best Bike Parking Award: Mountain Equipment Co-op
Bicycle-Friendliest Suburban Business Award: Smart Commute North Toronto Vaughan
Bicycle Commute Award: Ontario College of Art & Design
Best Small Business Award: Bike Train Initiative
Best Large Business Award: Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center
Best Skills Development Award: Charlie’s FreeWheels
Best Overall Award: Bike Train Initiative

For more information about the award recipients, visit the website at

The Bicycle Friendly Business Awards would like to thank the in-kind sponsors Dufflet Pastries and Live Metal Works.

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. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about 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, City of Toronto, 416-392-4391,



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