Are you thinking of trying out biking to work but not sure how (or a little afraid?) to start? We have GREAT news for you… next week has a ton of Bike To Work events all around Toronto and the GTA… so you can try it out with a big group of people and get access to tons of great resources:
On Monday, May 31st, 2010, Bike Month in Toronto kicks off with the annual Toronto Group Commute.
The city’s web site has an interactive Google map and chart showing you the start points nearest you (Click on the map for the interactive version):
And of course, you don’t need to live and work downtown Toronto to participate. SmartCommute.ca has put together a summary of all Bike to Work Day activities in the GTA and beyond (I’ve added links to Google maps of locations listed below):
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.
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 email@example.com for further details.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lead photo via BikingToronto Flickr Pool