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July 18, 2008
Kids CAN-BIKE program teaches bike safety to young people
With more and more people choosing to ride bikes for their health and the environment, it’s important to get a good start. That’s where the City of Toronto's CAN-BIKE program comes in.

The Kids CAN-BIKE Camp is the ultimate bike camp experience for children ages 9-13 years who want to develop and increase their cycling skills. Young people from across the city are having a great time this summer learning how to bike safely. At the completion of the camp, participants receive a new bike, helmet, lock and backpack.

Expert CAN-BIKE instruction teaches children how to steer, signal, right and left turn, change gears, brake and avoid road hazards. The youngsters will also learn about proper equipment and safe cycling techniques. They practice these new skills, first in a traffic-free environment and then on the road. A Bike Hike on the last day of the camp allows the campers to use all of their new bike-thinking skills on a ride to the Toronto Islands.

“Riding a bike is fun, good for your health and good for the environment, too,” said Councillor Adrian Heaps, Chair of the City’s Cycling Advisory Committee. “Through the CAN-BIKE program, we are able to encourage children to get active and to ride their bikes the safe way.”

Sponsors for the program include: the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion, the Ontario Cycling Association, the Canadian Tire Foundation for Families - Jump Start Program, Mountain Equipment Co-op, the Children’s Aid Foundation, Dr. Tom Pashby Sports Safety Fund, Norco Performance Bicycles, Butterfield and Robinson, the High Park Bicycle Club and Black’s Photography.

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. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact: Barb Wentworth, Bicycle Safety Planner, 416-392-1142,



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