Events promoting cycling scheduled across the Greater Toronto and
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
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
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
Contact: Brian Shifman, Smart Commute North Toronto, Vaughan,
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,
Photo Opportunity: 8:30 am to 8:45 at 470 Davis Drive
Contact: Ron Groves, Smart Commute Central York, 905-898-5900
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
Photo Opportunity: 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm at Durham Region
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
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
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
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