Media Advisory - Smart Commute at Metrolinx celebrates 'Bike to Work Day'



    
    Events encouraging cycling scheduled across the Greater Toronto and
    Hamilton Area
    

    TORONTO, May 22 /CNW/ - Metrolinx is encouraging commuters to participate
in the third annual 'Bike to Work Day', Monday, May 25, 2009. Smart Commute, a
program of Metrolinx, is working with employers across the region to encourage
commuters to cycle to work on this day and every day.
    On event day, cyclists will be greeted by local politicians with pancake
breakfasts and free tune-ups from Durham to Newmarket to Hamilton.

    
    WHAT:     Smart Commute 'Bike to Work Day' events
    WHEN:     Monday May 25, 2009
    WHERE:    Toronto, Durham, Markham-Richmond Hill, Newmarket-Aurora,
              Vaughan, Brampton-Caledon, Mississauga, Burlington, and
              Hamilton.

              See map at: www.smartcommute.ca/events

    DETAILS:  Toronto
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              Time: 7:30 am to 9:30 am
              Location: Nathan Phillips Square, City Hall, Toronto
              Photo Opportunity: 8:40 am at Nathan Phillips Square. Paul
              Bedford speaking on behalf of Metrolinx.
              Contact: Ryan Lanyon (416-874-5933) or Jacquie Menezes
              (416-874-5923), Metrolinx

              Description:

              The City of Toronto is launching Bike Month with a group
              commute to City Hall and free pancake breakfast.  Metrolinx is
              proud to participate in the City-organized event with Paul
              Bedford, Metrolinx Board Member speaking on behalf of the
              regional Smart Commute Bike to Work Day initiative.  For more
              information visit: http://www.toronto.ca/cycling/bikeweek/.

              Employees of the City of Toronto, Exhibition Place and
              University Health Network (200 Elizabeth Street), who are Smart
              Commute members and partners will also be cycling on Bike to
              Work Day.

              Durham
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              Time: 7:30 am to 9:00 am
              Location: Durham Region Headquarters, 605 Rossland Rd. E.,
              Whitby
              Photo Opportunity: Photos are available upon request.
              Contacts: Denise Murray, Corporate Communications Officer, The
              Regional Municipality of Durham (905-668-4113 x. 3813) and
              Sandra McEleney, Smart Commute Durham, The Regional
              Municipality of Durham (905) 668-4113 ext. 2550).

              Description:

              A formal declaration in support of this initiative from the
              Regional Chair on behalf of the Region of Durham encouraging
              everyone to "get out and try cycling" has been issued.

              Regional employees who cycle to work will be welcomed at the
              bicycle racks and will have the opportunity to sign up for a
              summer-long challenge to cycle to work on a regular basis.

              Employee Bike to Work Day events will also be taking place at
              Messier-Dowty (574 Monarch Ave., Ajax), Veridian Corp.
              (multiple locations), Town of Ajax (65 Harwood Ave., Ajax),
              City of Oshawa (50 Centre St. S., Oshawa) and Town of Whitby
              (575 Rossland Rd. E., Whitby).

              Markham-Richmond Hill
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              Time: 7:30 am to 9:30 am
              Location: 100 Commerce Valley Drive West, Thornhill
              Photo Opportunity: 8:15 am
              Contact: Basil Marcello, Smart Commute 404-7, 905-474-0730 x.14

              Description:

              Join Smart Commute 404-7's second annual Bike to Work Day Event
              and experience how easy biking to work, or anywhere, can be!
              Enjoy a FREE continental breakfast, FREE Bike Tune-ups, FREE
              giveaways and a bike safety demo, before heading out on a York
              Regional Police escorted bike ride. Then stop for refreshments
              and some prize giveaways, including a chance to win a CCM
              Vandal Dual XC bike ($300 value), before the last leg of the
              escorted ride. Details at www.smartcommute404-7.ca .

              Newmarket-Aurora
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              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: Peter Paz, Smart Commute Central York,
              905-898-5900 x. 225

              Description:

              Cycle to Newmarket Chamber of Commerce offices and join Smart
              Commute Central York and partners for a free breakfast,
              giveaways, and a chance to win a Norco LRT1 donated by
              Spoke O'Motion. What a great way to try active commuting!
              Visit http://smartcommutecentralyork.ca/SmartCommute for more
              information.

              Employee Bike to Work Day events are also taking place at
              Pearson Canada (195 Harry Walker Pkwy N.), Upper Canada Mall
              (corner of Yonge St. and Davis Dr.), Town of Newmarket
              (395 Mulock Dr.), York Region Headquarters (17250 Yonge St.)
              and Town of Aurora (1 Municipal Drive, Aurora).

              Vaughan
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              Time: 8:00 am to 9:30am
              Location: Powerstream Head Office at 161 Cityview Boulevard,
              Vaughan
              Photo Opportunity: 8:00 am to 9:00 am, Powerstream Headquarters
              Contact: Adam Arnold, Smart Commute North Toronto, Vaughan,
              416-452-1270

              Description:

              PowerStream staff will be leading group rides from Newmarket
              and Richmond Hill to the Head office location at 161 Cityview
              Boulevard in Vaughan. PowerStream staff in Barrie will also be
              riding to their office location at 55 Patterson Road, Barrie.
              Staff will be welcomed at work with prizes and a free
              breakfast!

              Brampton-Caledon
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              Time: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
              Location: Region of Peel Headquarters, 10 Peel Centre Drive,
              Brampton
              Photo Opportunity: 8:30, 10 Peel Centre Drive, Suite A,
              main lobby
              Contact: Judy Yack, Region of Peel, 905-791-7800 x. 4553

              Description:

              Smart Commute Brampton-Caledon encourages Region of Peel
              (10 Peel Centre Drive) and Husky Injection Molding
              (AMC Building, 500 Queens St. S., Bolton) staff to feel good
              and have fun by commuting to work by bike and experiencing the
              health, financial and environmental benefits of riding.

              Mississauga
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              Time: 7:00 am to 10:00 am
              Location: Group ride starts 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:

              Members of the public and City of Mississauga staff are invited
              to join Smart Commute Mississauga and the Mississauga Cycling
              Advisory Committee for our third annual group bike ride to work
              and free pancake breakfast for cyclists at the Civic Centre,
              Library Square. For more information visit:
              www.smartcommutemiss.ca.

              Employee group commutes are also taking place at Hatch Ltd.
              (2800 Speakman Drive), University of Toronto at Mississauga
              (3359 Mississauga Rd N.), HB Group (5600 Cancross Crt),
              McCormick Rankin/Ecoplans (2655 N. Sheridan Way).

              Burlington
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              Time: 8:00 am to 10:00 am
              Location: City Hall, 426 Brant Street, Burlington/Civic Square
              Photo Opportunity: 8:30-9:30 am at Civic Square
              Contact: Monika Rejnowicz (905) 335-7600 ext. 7879

              Description:

              City of Burlington employees are taking part in a Bike to Work
              Day Challenge with prizes for the City department with the
              greatest number of participants. The City's Transportation
              Demand Management team is hosting a breakfast in Civic Square
              and providing a bike mechanic on site to conduct a free
              inspection and small repairs for all participants.

              Hamilton
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              Time: 7:00 am to 10:00 am
              Location: Gore Park (Corner of James and King), Hamilton
              Photo Opportunity: 8:00-8:30 am at Gore Park
              Contact: Peter Topalovic, City of Hamilton, 905-546-2424 x.
              5129

              Description:

              Cycle alone, with a buddy, or in a group to Gore Park on
              May 25, 2009 and be rewarded with access to the Gore Park Bike
              Bash! Arrive between 7:00-10:00 am and be greeted with healthy
              treats, fabulous prizes and the opportunity to get your bike
              tuned-up by a professional! Smart Commute Hamilton will also
              co-ordinate with participating employers to develop local
              recognition for employees who bike to work.
    

    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 100 employers with almost 250,000
employees have signed on to Smart Commute.

    
                               Choose Your Way.

     For more information about Smart Commute visit www.smartcommute.ca.
    

    Metrolinx is a Crown agency of the Province of Ontario. For more
information visit our website www.metrolinx.com.





For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Ryan Lanyon, Team Lead, Smart
Commute at Metrolinx, (416) 874-5933 or cell (416) 587-4375,
ryan.Lanyon@metrolinx.com; Jacquie Menezes, Senior Associate, Public Affairs
and Media, Metrolinx, (416) 874-5923 or cell (647) 289-4523,
jacquie.Menezes@metrolinx.com

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