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BikeMonth is ALIVE and WELL for 2011!

The last couple of weeks on Facebook and Twitter have seen a lot of moaning and paranoid assertions about the Rob Ford Mayoralty “killing” BikeMonth.

BikingToronto weighed in last week with publication of the rumour – and let you know that it was just a rumour – that nothing official seemed to have been decided.

We’re happy to report that the rumour was just that … a rumour.

City of Toronto cycling staff sent out this update moments ago, confirming that the BikeMonth we all know and love is indeed alive, and is being planned largely as it has in the past:

The difference between Bike to Work Day and Bike Month is largely in name. For the past few years, the City event has been called Bike Month, at the insistence of Councillor Adrian Heaps, and prior to that it has been referred to as Bike Week and Bike to Work Day.

This year we planned to return to the traditional event, Bike to Work Day, with the majority of the events held during the first week of June because we think it would create a strong media presence—the media interest generally decreases after the first week. As you probably know, the Bike Week Calendar always listed events well beyond the day or week (as did the Bike Month Calendar. And we were planning to continue that again this year.

However, in recognition of the concerns expressed that the City’s commitment to cycling may be diminishing we have decided to maintain ‘Bike Month’ this year. Just as last year, the Group Commute and pancake breakfast, which traditionally kick off Toronto’s Bike Month, coincides with the GTHA-wide Bike to Work Day, we are working with Metrolinx and several GTHA municipalities to leverage more media exposure across the region for commuter cycling.

So… there you have it.  BikeMonth is alive, and we’re all better for it.

As in past years… we’ll be keeping you updated about BikeMonth events here on the main part of BikingToronto as well as in our special BikeMonth section.

[image from the City of Toronto – and I just realized that I’m in that photo!  The red-shirted, white-helmed guy in the middle-background! :) ]

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