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June 3, 2004
Community Bicycle Festivals showcase the Bike Plan
In conjunction with Bike Week, the City of Toronto's Urban Development Services
and Works and Emergency Services departments have partnered to host a series of
Community Bicycle Festivals this summer.

Councillor and Toronto Cycling Committee Chair Adam Giambrone (Ward 18 -
Davenport) and Councillor Sylvia Watson (Ward 14 - Parkdale-High Park) will be
on hand this Sunday, June 6 at Dufferin Grove Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to
kick-off the series of festivals. "This will be a great afternoon of fun for
families and will help familiarize the public with the overall Toronto Bike
Plan and its initiatives," said Councillor Giambrone.

The festivals will present something for the whole family from free bike checks
and demonstrations, to great food and music. "As the Bike Plan continues to
roll out, these festivals present a great opportunity for the public to share
their suggestions or opinions on the City's cycling infrastructure and the
bikeway network," said Councillor Watson.

The Toronto Bike Plan makes 49 recommendations for "shifting gears" towards a
more bicycle-friendly City. These recommendations include everything from
small-scale cycling improvements, to safety programs, secure bicycle parking,
more efficient links with transit and an ambitious 1,000 kilometre bikeway
network that will ultimately link cyclists with neighbourhoods and destinations
across the city. When completed, every Toronto resident will be within a
five-minute bicycle ride to the nearest bikeway.

There are a total of four festivals taking place here in Toronto with this one
being the first. The dates of the other festivals are as follows:

· Saturday, June 19, 2004 - East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave.

· Thursday, July 1, 2004 - Thomson Memorial Park, Brimley Road and Lawrence
Avenue East

· Saturday, July 17, 2004 - Colonel Sam Smith Park, Kipling Avenue and Lake
Shore Boulevard West.

Media contact:
Sean Wheldrake, Bicycle Promotions Coordinator, Transportation Planning, Urban
Development Services, 416-392-1143



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