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May 22, 2009
Hundreds of events highlight Bike Month 2009
Bike Month 2009, featuring more than 150 events and activities that promote cycling in the community, will take place in Toronto from May 25 to June 25. Whether it’s a bike tour, an art exhibit or the thrilling Toronto Criterium bike races, Bike Month offers something for everyone.

“Bike Month is a celebration of the culture of cycling in the City of Toronto,” said Mayor David Miller. “As we continue to improve our cycling infrastructure by adding to our bikeway network, I encourage Torontonians to consider biking as a healthy, viable transportation alternative.”

Again this year, the official launch of Bike Month is the marquee event - the 20th annual Group Commute through the streets of Toronto, on Monday, May 25. 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 City's new pedal-powered EcoCabs, which are sponsored by the City’s Live Green Toronto program will also be on site offering free rides. The event at Nathan Phillips Square begins at 8:30 a.m.

“Riding a bike promotes a healthy lifestyle, helps the environment since biking produces zero harmful emissions that lead to climate change and it reduces our dependence on vehicular traffic,” said Councillor Adrian Heaps, Chair of the City’s Cycling Committee.

Other major events during Bike Month include the following:

• Wednesday, May 27 - Bikeway Network event. The City of Toronto will be outlining cycling infrastructure plans for 2009 and beyond.

• Thursday, May 28 - Toronto Bike Policy Summit. Presentations will feature international and Canadian best practices that address the value of cycling for transportation, health, tourism, recreation, economic development, energy conservation and the environment.

• Friday, May 29 - The Toronto Criterium at St. Lawrence Market. The City of Toronto, Transportation Services, 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 any Bike Month activities, call the City Cycling office at 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. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Steve Johnston. Sr. Communications Coordinator, City of Toronto, 416-392-4391,



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