Smart Commute at Metrolinx celebrates 'Bike to Work Day'

Events encouraging cycling scheduled across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

TORONTO, May 27, 2010 /CNW/ - Metrolinx is encouraging commuters to participate in the fourth annual 'Bike to Work Day' on Monday, May 31, 2010. 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. This event is coordinated to run simultaneously with the City of Toronto's Group Commute (see www.toronto.ca/cycling).

    
    WHAT:  Smart Commute 'Bike to Work Day' events
    WHEN:  Monday May 31, 2010, 7:00 am to 3:00 pm
    WHERE: Toronto, Durham Region, York Region, Region of Peel, Halton Region
           and Hamilton.

           See more at: www.smartcommute.ca/en/whats-happening/bike-work-day

           TORONTO
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           York University: Bike to York Day
           Time:     10:00 am to 3:00 pm
           Location: York University Common (near the fountain)
                     York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
           Contacts: Keagan Gartz, 416-650-8205
           Photo Opportunity: On-site bike mechanic from Urbane Cyclist will
           be performing free tune-ups for cyclists. Crimestoppers will also
           be in attendance, registering bikes with the Toronto Police
           Department.

           Description: The beginning of Bike month kicks off at York with
           Bike to York Day on Monday, May 31st! There will be a Smart
           Commute tent by the fountain in the York University Common (Keele
           Campus) from 10:00am-3:00pm. Participants can get a free bike
           tune-up, register their bikes with Crimestoppers, learn about the
           Finch Hydro Corridor Multi-use Path, or just grab some free food,
           listen to some tunes & take a free cycling map.

           Sunnybrook Hospital: Bike to Work Day (NOTE: June 8th ONLY)
           Time:     7 am to 2 pm (June 8th, 2010)
           Location: Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Bayview Campus
                     2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario Canada M4N 3M5
           Contacts: Kalina Soltys Office: 416.650.8092
           Photo Opportunity: 1:30 pm Prize Draw for MEC Gift Certificate,
           following cycle around Sunnybrook Campus & Park.

           Description: Sunnybrook Cycling Enthusiasts - Get geared up to
           join Smart Commute NET and Sunnybrook cyclists for Cycling
           Appreciation Day on June 8th! Bike to Sunnybrook in the morning
           and let Smart Commute show you our appreciation for choosing a
           green way of commuting! Stop by the Smart Commute tent for snacks,
           prizes, and cycling maps. At noon, join us for a bike ride around
           Sunnybrook Park and be entered in a draw for Mountain Equipment
           Co-op Gift Cards. Stay for a picnic lunch and bike tune-ups. Get
           to know other avid cyclists and join the Bicycle User Group at
           Sunnybrook!

           DURHAM REGION
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           Whitby:   Bike to Work Day
           Time:     12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
           Location: Durham Region Headquarters building
                     West entrance bike rack area
                     605 Rossland Rd. E. Whitby, On L1N 6A3
           Contacts: Sandra McEleney, 905 668 7711 ext. 2550
           Photo Opportunity: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm (see above contact on site)
           More information: www.smartcommutedurham.ca/events

           Description: Regional headquarters will have two open-sided
           marquee tents available for bike safety instructional sessions by
           Durham Police, a demo of the new bike racks on a DRT bus and a
           helmet fitting/info session by a location retailer. To increase
           the opportunity of cyclists using the bike racks, Smart Commute
           Durham members who pre-register will receive a return Durham
           Region Transit bus ticket for the day of the event. Deadline for
           registering for the free-DRT return ticket is Tuesday, May 25.
           Employer member companies may call 905 668 7711 ext. 2550 for
           details.

           Oshawa:   Bike to Work Week Event
           Time:     Tuesday, June 1, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
           Location: City of Oshawa, 50 Centre St. S. Oshawa, L1N 3Z7
           Contacts: Dewan Karim, 905 436-5636
           Photo Opportunity: (see contact above - on site.)
           More information: 905-436-5636

           Description: The City of Oshawa is planning several bike rides
           throughout the week to celebrate Bike to Work Day and showcase its
           many trail routes. Contact service@oshawa.ca for further
           details.

           Ajax:     GO Station Cyclist Appreciation
           Time:     7:00 am to 9:00 am
           Location: Ajax GO Station, 100 Westney Road South, Ajax
           More information: www.smartcommute.ca

           Description: Smart Commute and GO Transit will be greeting
           cyclists who ride to the Ajax GO station and offering refreshments
           at this cyclist appreciation event.

           YORK REGION
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           Markham/Richmond Hill:
           Smart Commute 404-7's Third Annual Bike-to-Work Day
           Time:     7:30 am to 9:30 am
           Location: MMM Group World Headquarters (START)
                     100 Commerce Valley Drive West
                     Thornhill, ON, L3T 0A1

                     HDR/iTRANS (MID-POINT)
                     100 York Boulevard, Suite 300
                     Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1J8
           Contact:  Basil Marcello, 416-557-2096
           Photo Opportunity: Mayor and/or representatives from Markham and
           Richmond Hill council (7:30 am to 8:00 am)
           More information: www.smartcommute404-7.ca

           Description: Join this 6km York Region Police escorted ride. Event
           includes FREE continental breakfast, FREE bike tune-up (first come
           first served), FREE giveaways, and a chance to win great prizes
           including a brand new bike! Open to employees of Markham or
           Richmond Hill businesses only.

           Newmarket: Fourth Annual Bike to Work Day
           Time:      8:00 am to 9:00 am
           Location:  Smart Commute Central York
                      Newmarket Chamber of Commerce
                      470 Davis Drive, Newmarket ON, L3Y 2P3
           Contacts:  Rachelle Waterman, 905-898-5900, ext. 228 or
                      Pat Lusink, 905-898- 5900, ext. 224
           Photo Opportunity: a) 8:30 am group photo. Newmarket Mayor
                                 Tony Van Bynen, Regional Councillor John
                                 Taylor, Councillor Larry Blight, Councillor
                                 Victor Woodhouse have confirmed attendance.
                              b) 8:55 am - York Region Police will escort the
                                 group of cyclists eastbound along Davis Dr.
           More information: www.sccy.ca

           Description: Stop by the Smart Commute office (470 Davis Drive)
           between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. for a free continental breakfast,
           giveaways, draw prizes, exhibits and more! Grand Prize is a bike
           valued at $500.00.

           REGION OF PEEL
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           Mississauga City Centre: Bike to Work Day!
           Time:     7:00 am (START), 8:00 am to 10:00 am (BREAKFAST EVENT)
           Location: Chappell House Lawn at Riverwood Park Conservancy
                     (START)
                     4300 Riverwood Park Lane, Mississauga, ON L5C 2S7
                     Living Arts Centre (END / BREAKFAST EVENT)
                     4141 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga ON L5B 4B8
           Contact:  Jagoda Rozbicka, Program Coordinator, 647-989-0680
           More information: www.smartcommutemiss.ca

           Description: Participants gather at the Chappell House Lawn at
           Riverwood Park Conservancy at 7 am. Ride leaves Riverwood at 7:30
           am and proceeds along the Ted Ho trail (Rathburn Road) to the
           Living Arts Centre for breakfast from 8:00 am and 10:00 am. A map
           of the route is posted at www.smartcommutemiss.ca. Cyclists taking
           alternative routes are welcome to join for a FREE pancake
           breakfast at the Living Arts Centre.

           Mississauga-Erindale: GO Station Cyclist Appreciation
           Time:     7:00 am to 9:00 am
           Location: Erindale GO Station, 1320 Rathburn Rd. W., Mississauga,
                     ON
           More information: www.smartcommute.ca

           Description: Smart Commute and GO Transit will be greeting
           cyclists who ride to the Erindale GO station and offering
           refreshments at this cyclist appreciation event.

           HALTON REGION
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           Burlington: GO Station Cyclist Appreciation
           Time:     7:00 am to 9:00 am
           Location: Burlington GO Station, 2101 Fairview St., Burlington, ON
           More information: www.smartcommute.ca

           Description: Smart Commute and GO Transit will be greeting
           cyclists who ride to the Burlington GO station and offering
           refreshments at this cyclist appreciation event.

           HAMILTON
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           Downtown: Bike to Work Day
           Time:     8:00 am to 9:00 am
           Location: Gore Park, Hamilton
           Contacts: Peter Topalovic, (905) 546-2424 x.5129
           Photo Opportunity: (TMAs to add time and noteworthy attendees)
           More information: www.smartcommute.ca/hamilton/biketowork

           Description:

           Meet fellow cyclists from around the city and explore Hamilton's
           vast cycling network on a sustainable commute to work. Many
           cycling routes have been organized and mapped to take cyclists
           from surrounding areas to Gore Park. See the website for the
           various locations where group leaders will be on hand to welcome
           cyclists.

           Hamilton GO Centre: GO Station Cyclist Appreciation
           Time:     7:00 am to 9:00 am
           Location: Hamilton GO Centre, 36 Hunter St. E.,
                     Hamilton, ON L8N 3W8
           More information: www.smartcommute.ca

           Description: Smart Commute and GO Transit will be greeting
           cyclists who ride to the Hamilton GO station and offering
           refreshments at this cyclist appreciation event.
    

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

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

SOURCE Metrolinx

For further information: For further information: Media contact: Ryan Lanyon, Team Lead, Smart Commute at Metrolinx, (416) 874-5933 or cell (416) 587-4375, ryan.Lanyon@metrolinx.com


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