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



    Events promoting cycling scheduled across the Greater Toronto and
    Hamilton Area

    TORONTO, June 5 /CNW/ - 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
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            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
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            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
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            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
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            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
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            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
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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: 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
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            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.





For further information:

For further information: Ryan Lanyon, Team Lead, Smart Commute at
Metrolinx, (416) 874-5933 or cell (416) 556-3758, 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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