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May 22, 2008
Hundreds of events highlight Bike Month 2008
From bike tours to movie screenings to the return of competitive cycling in downtown Toronto, more than 150 events promoting cycling in the city will take place during Bike Month 2008, from May 26 to June 20.

The official launch of Bike Month is once again the marquee event - the nineteenth annual Group Commute through the streets of Toronto on Monday, May 26. Cyclists will converge from various points around the city and meet at Yonge and Bloor for a mass 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 begins at 8:30 a.m.

“Torontonians are continuing to embrace the bicycle as a great alternative method of transportation,” said Councillor Adrian Heaps, Chair of the City’s Cycling Committee. “Over the past five years, the number of trips made by bicycle in the City of Toronto has almost doubled.

“Aside from the obvious health benefits, cycling produces zero emissions contributing to a cleaner environment for the entire population,” added Councillor Heaps.

Other major events during Bike Month include:

• Saturday, May 24 - Trailhead Grand Opening. The City of Toronto is working to foster the sustainable use of off-road trails in the Crothers Woods area.

• Monday, May 26 - TTC Bike Racks on Buses Media Event. The TTC will be announcing new routes for TTC bus routes with the bike racks on board. A TTC bus will be on display at Nathan Phillips Square for the public to try out the bus bike rack.

• Friday, May 30 - The Toronto Criterium at St. Lawrence Market. The City of Toronto’s Transportation Services Division, is partnering with the Bicycle Trade Association of Canada and ZM Cycle Fitness Ltd. to present a bike race in the St. Lawrence Market area.

For more information about Bike Month activities, call 416-392-7592 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. 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:
Steve Johnston, Sr. Communications Co-ordinator, City of Toronto, 416-392-4391,



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