Smart Commute celebrates ‘Bike to Work Day’: Events promoting cycling scheduled across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area
June 5, 2008 Leave a comment
Toronto, Canada – Smart Commute and Metrolinx are working with employers across the region to encourage commuters to cycle to work this Friday for the second annual ‘Bike to Work Day’. Cyclists will be greeted by local politicians with pancake breakfasts and skills clinics from Hamilton to Whitby to Newmarket.
WHAT: Smart Commute ‘Bike to Work Day’ events
WHEN: Friday, June 6
WHERE: Hamilton, Burlington, Mississauga, Toronto, Markham-Richmond Hill, Newmarket, Durham
See map at: www.smartcommute.ca/events
Time: 7:45 am to 12:00 pm
Location: Gore Park (Corner of James and King), Hamilton
Photo Opportunity: 8:30-8:45 am at Gore Park
Contact: Michael Marini, City of Hamilton, 905-546-2424 x. 5620
Description: There will be volunteer Ride Guides escorting people to the downtown area for their morning commute from predetermined areas. There will be a refreshment station and prizes. A bike maintenance booth will be at Gore Park all morning. Go to www.hamilton.ca/commuterchallenge for more details.
Time: 8:15 am to 9:30 pm
Location: City Hall, 426 Brant Street, Burlington / Sims Square
Photo Opportunity: 12:00 pm City Department Challenge Ride at City Hall
Contact: Janine Westera, City of Burlington, 905-335-7600 x. 7885
Description: City of Burlington employees will be taking part in a Bike to Work Day Challenge with fun events, like a “Bike Ride at Lunch” (12:00 to 1:30 pm) Department Challenge and prizes. The event will promote cycling to work for all City employees and bring attention to installed bike lockers and wall racks.
Time: 7:00 am to 9:00 am
Location: Group ride start at 1447 Burnhampthorpe Rd (Riverwood Park barn) to Pancake Breakfast at Mississauga Civic Centre
Photo Opportunity: 8:00 am at Mississauga Civic Centre
Contact: Glenn Gumulka, Smart Commute Mississauga, 905-896-5941
Description: Smart Commute Mississauga and the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee invite all commuters for a group ride and pancake breakfast.
Employee group commutes will also be taking place at Hatch Ltd. (2800 Speakman Drive), Golder Associates offices (Argentia Road) and the Greater Toronto Airport Authority (3111 Convair Drive).
Time: 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Location: York University Campus Walk, 4700 Keele Street
Photo Opportunity: 8:00 am to 9:00 am, York University Campus Walk
Contact: Brian Shifman, Smart Commute North Toronto, Vaughan, 416-650-8059
Description: A two-part event to encourage and reward employees to bike to work. The first part will take place from 8:00 am to 10:00 am with a Bike to Work breakfast for staff, faculty and students. The second part will take place from 11:30 am and 2:00 pm and will include a bike tune-up and a chance to win more prizes. Powerstream employees will also be riding to work (161 Citiview Blvd., Vaughan).
Time: 7:45 am to 9:15 am
Location: 80 Commerce Valley Drive and 100 York Boulevard
Photo Opportunity: 8:00 to 8:15 am at MMM Group Ltd., 80 Commerce Valley Drive East, Markham.
Contact: George Flint, Smart Commute 404-7, 905-771-8830
Description: Smart Commute 404-7 Business Park Challenge: registration is between 7:45 and 8:15 am at 80 Commerce Valley Drive. A police-escorted ride begins at 8:15 am and includes a water break and prize draw at 100 York Boulevard. Ride ends at 80 Commerce Valley Drive at 9:15 am.
Time: 8:00 am to 9:00 am
Location: Old Train Station Parking Lot, 470 Davis Drive, Newmarket
Photo Opportunity: 8:30 am to 8:45 at 470 Davis Drive
Contact: Ron Groves, Smart Commute Central York, 905-898-5900 x. 225
Description: Smart Commute Central York invites all commuters to an outdoor breakfast with refreshments, free draws, exhibits by local bike shops, media and special guests.
Time: 7:30 am to 2:30 pm
Location: Durham Region Headquarters, 605 Rossland Rd. E., Whitby L1N 6A3
Photo Opportunity: 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm at Durham Region Headquarters
Contact: Sherri Munns-Audet, Durham Region, 905-668-4113 x. 2068 and
Tania Laverty, Durham Region, 905-668-4113 x. 3813
Description: A program of events as part of Canadian Environment Week will include demonstrations, prizes, and lunchtime bike workshops.
Smart Commute is a program of Metrolinx that works with local employers across the region to improve commuter options like carpooling, transit, cycling, walking and telework. More than 75 employers with almost 200,000 employees have signed on to Smart Commute. The program and its municipal partners were recently recognized with the national FCM-CH2M Hill Sustainable Community Award for Transportation.
Choose Your Way. For more information about Smart Commute visit www.smartcommute.ca.
Metrolinx is a Crown agency of the Province of Ontario, operating within the legislative framework of the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority Act, 2006 and the provincial Growth Plan. For more information visit our website www.metrolinx.com.
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For more information, please contact:
Ryan Lanyon Jacquie Menezes
Team Lead, Smart Commute at Metrolinx Senior Associate, Public Affairs and Media, Metrolinx
416-874-5933 or cell 416-556-3758 416-874-5923 or cell 647-289-4523