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May 11, 2000
City of Toronto Supports the Power of a Bicycle
  
The City of Toronto Cycling Committee and the Road and Trail Safety Ambassadors
are getting their wheels in motion for the 11th annual Bike Week celebrations
that run from May 26 to June 4, 2000.

Many events will take place across the city during Bike Week including group
rides, free breakfasts and safety demonstrations. Bicycle traffic will be
busier than usual on Monday, May 29 at 7:30 a.m. when first-time commuters,
bicycle couriers, recreational cyclists, CAN-BIKE trained marshals and the
Toronto Police Bike Patrol ride together for the popular Morning Mass Bicycle
Ride. The morning ride ends at the annual Free Pancake Breakfast at Nathan
Phillips Square. New this year is an Afternoon Mass Bicycle Ride beginning at
5:15 p.m. at Nathan Phillips Square when cyclists will ride back to the five
morning start points. There will also be an unveiling of the newly installed
post-and-ring bicycle parking spots on Yonge Street (near the North York Civic
Centre) taking place on Saturday, May 27 at 1 p.m.

The Toronto Cycling Committee is a citizen body that works with community
groups and City Council to build a social, physical and economic infrastructure
that supports and encourages bicycle use in Toronto. The Road and Trail Safety
Ambassadors are hired each year by the City of Toronto to provide safety
information to cyclists, pedestrians, motorists and in-line skaters through
many public safety awareness programs and events.
Through Bike Week and other events organized throughout the year, the Toronto
Cycling Committee encourages the City's diverse population to use non-motorized
and smog-free modes of transportation. It also promotes safe cycling practices
and bicycles as a fun form of recreation, cost-effective and
environmentally-friendly.

Bike Week is sponsored by the City of Toronto, Enbridge Consumers Gas, NOW
Magazine, the Mirror & Guardian Newspapers and community businesses and
organizations.

For an event schedule or interview opportunities, call 416-392-7592, e-mail:
btww@city.toronto.on.ca or visit
www.city.toronto.on.ca/cy cling/index.htm


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