Smart Commute celebrates ‘Bike to Work Day’: Events promoting cycling scheduled across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

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

Hamilton

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.

Burlington

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.

Mississauga

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).

Toronto

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).

Markham-Richmond Hill

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.

Newmarket

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.

Durham

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
Ryan.Lanyon@metrolinx.com
Jacquie.Menezes@metrolinx.com

About Smart Commute
Commuter benefits program for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

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