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Every Ride Counts: Mississauga’s Annual Bike to Work Day

May 22, 2013

The City of Mississauga, Smart Commute Mississauga, Metrolinx and the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee invite residents to give their cars a break and cycle to work for the annual Bike to Work Day on Monday, May 27, 2013. Group rides from various parts of the city will be followed by a free breakfast with dignitaries.

“Bike to Work Day is an excellent example of putting our Living Green Master Plan into action,” said Ward 3 Councillor Chris Fonseca and Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee member. “This is a community building event that makes a positive change to the way we get around our city. I encourage everyone to join us and register for a Bike to Work Day ride. There is no better way to enjoy the natural beauty of our community than from the seat of a bicycle.”

“Our ultimate goal is to make cycling a way of life in Mississauga,” said Jacquelyn Hayward Gulati, manager of the Cycling Office. “Bike to Work Day, as part of Bike Month, is a wonderful opportunity for people to see that cycling can be a fun, inexpensive and convenient way to move around the city. Together, we can change the way we move, one ride at a time.”

What:
Bike to Work Day group rides and free breakfast.
Cyclists can enjoy bike safety check-ups, fun prizes, cycling vendors and a BMX demonstration at the breakfast event.

When:
Monday, May 27, 2013

Where:
Mississauga Celebration Square
300 City Centre Drive

Annual Group Ride
The main group ride meets at 7 a.m. at Chappell House Lawn at Riverwood Park, located at 4300 Riverwood Park Lane.

Group Ride with Ward 3 Councillor Chris Fonseca
The group ride meets at 7 a.m. at the intersection of Tomken Road and Burnhamthorpe Road. 

Group Ride with Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey
The group ride meets at 7 a.m. at Port Credit Secondary School, located at 70 Mineola Road East.

In addition, hundreds of students are expected to participate in Bike to School Day rides in conjunction with this event. The students will join in the breakfast event at Mississauga Celebration Square.

Breakfast Event
The group rides depart at 7:30 a.m. and arrive atMississauga Celebration Square, 300 City Centre Drive at approximately 8 a.m.

Breakfast will be served from 8 to 10 a.m.

The group rides and breakfast will take place rain or shine.

Who:
Mayor Hazel McCallion
Ward 3 Councillor Chris Fonseca, Cycling Advisory Committee Member - Council Representative
Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey
Jeff Wachman, Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee Chair
Glenn Gumulka, SustainMobility Executive Director (formerly Smart Commute Mississauga)

Photo Opportunity:
At 8:35 a.m. speakers will gather around the BMX stage at Mississauga Celebration Square.

Background:
Bike to Work Day is recognized by Smart Commute organizations across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, in partnership with Metrolinx and area municipalities. Civic and corporate leaders are demonstrating their commitment to sustainable transportation by participating in Bike to Work Day rides. For complete details on Mississauga’s Bike to Work Day events including a listing of all Mississauga Bike to Work Day rides, visit smartcommutemiss.ca or mississaugacycling.ca.

In 2013, Bike to Work Day is part of Bike Month. Bike Month is a community celebration of cycling that is happening across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Bike Month 2013 begins on Monday, May 27 and continues until the end of June with hundreds of events in the community. For more information about Bike Month, visit bikemonth2013.ca.

To stay informed about Mississauga’s environmental initiatives and key events throughout the year, subscribe to the Mississauga Living Green blog located at mississauga.ca/livinggreen.

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 741,000 residents and more than 54,000 businesses, including more than 60 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is "Leading Today for Tomorrow" by focusing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money and maintaining infrastructure.

 

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