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June 30, 2010
City of Toronto joining Mountain Equipment Co-op at day-long Bikefest
Councillor Adrian Heaps (Ward 35 Scarborough Southwest), Chair of the Toronto Cycling Committee, will join representatives from Mountain Equipment Co-op and the City of Toronto, including qualified CAN-BIKE instructors, at Mountain Equipment Co-op’s Bikefest. The event is a day-long community celebration of bicycles and all things bicycle-related.

CAN-BIKE instructors will be on hand all day for adult and child learn-to-ride demos, commuter cycling skills demos and information about Kids CAN-BIKE Camp.

“The CAN-BIKE program is designed to train urban and suburban cyclists in the City of Toronto,” said Councillor Heaps. “Instructors are knowledgeable and experienced, and courses are available for both adults and young cyclists of different skill levels. There is no better way to ride a bike than with the confidence that comes from having taken a City of Toronto CAN-BIKE course.”

There are a variety of CAN-BIKE courses available for both adults and young cyclists of different skill levels in various community centres and parks across the city.

Date: Saturday, July 3

Location: Liberty Village, Fraser Avenue (next to Lamport Stadium, between King and Liberty streets)

9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (all day) - Bike demo, bike stunt performances, kids' obstacle course, free bike repairs and safety checks
9:30 to 11 a.m. - Adult Learn-to-Ride CAN-BIKE demo
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Kids' Family Bicycling - tips from CAN-BIKE instructors
1 p.m. - Official remarks from Councillor Heaps
2 to 3 p.m. - Kids' Cycle Rodeo - CAN-BIKE instructors will join the fun
2 to 3:30 p.m. - Safe City Riding - taught by P.C. Hugh Smith, Police Traffic Services and CAN-BIKE instructor
4 to 7 p.m. - Band performances and gear giveaways

Note: Some activities may require pre-registration at the Mountain Equipment Co-op store at 400 King St. W., Toronto (416-640-2667,

The Bikefest event will also feature bike care/repair clinics, bicycle interest and skill demos, group rides, bike shows and live bands. The event will take place rain or shine.

For more information about CAN-BIKE courses, check your local Toronto FUN Guide, call 311 or visit

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:
Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line, 416-560-8726,



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