Celebrate your vitality, good air, good health, gasoline-free transportation and World Environment Day by riding your bike to work on Monday, May 30, 2011!

Around the world in many cities, there are Bike to Work Days, Weeks and Months.

Our Ontario Bike to Work Day will start next Monday.

Ride Your Bike to Work Day Celebration on Monday May 30, 2011

Ride Your Bike to Work Day Celebration on Monday May 30, 2011

On Monday, May 30, 2011, municipalities across Ontario are coordinating events to celebrate a Greater-Toronto-Area-wide Bike to Work Day.

Join in by riding in Toronto’s Group Commute to City Hall and get your FREE Bike t-shirt and a FREE hot pancake breakfast while supplies last.

The Group Commute is the event that starts it all.

Here is the general itinerary of the Bike to Work ride:

  1. The Bike to Work ride leaves from various start locations/points at 7:00 am from across the City and
  2. meets at Yonge and Bloor for 7:30 am.
  3. From there the ride heads down to Yonge street to
  4. Nathan Philips Square for 8:00 am to enjoy a complimentary pancake breakfast and other festivities.

Please click here to view the interactive map showing the Community Start Locations/Points and routes.

June is Bike Month and the “annual Group Commute with FREE pancake breakfast is the marquee event of Bike Month.”

Ride Your Bike to Work Day Celebration on Monday May 30, 2011

Ride Your Bike to Work Day Celebration on Monday May 30, 2011

The Group Commute also marks the beginning of Toronto’s Bike Month events. These events are community-driven and take place City-wide.

Browse upcoming events which includes many FREE activities, or if you are planning an event of your own, register your event online.

Detailed Itinerary of Ride Your Bike to Work Day and CITY EVENTS

Toronto Group Commute and Launch Event

Monday May 30, 7am-9:30am

  • Commuters from around the city meet to ride together from start locations/points and converge at Yonge and Bloor for 7:30am.
  • City organized start locations/points are staffed with Ride Your Bike to Work co-ordinators, Emergency Medical Services workers, and a Police escort.
  • Community start locations/points are organized by cyclists from the neighbourhood of the community start location/points.
  • Community start locations/points connect with the ride en route to Yonge and Bloor and Nathan Phillips Square.
  • All Group Commute participants will receive a FREE Bike Month t-shirt, as well as a complimentary pancake breakfast upon their arrival at Nathan Phillips Square – City Hall (while supplies last).
  • Breakfast will include hot pancakes, maple syrup, fruit, croissants and coffee.

City Start Locations/Points are:

  • 7am Bloor and High Park
  • 7am Yonge and Lawrence
  • 7am Danforth and Woodbine

7:30am Bloor and Yonge

8am Arrive at City Hall

Community Start Locations/Points

  • 6:30am Humber River Waterfront Trail Bridge
  • 7am Wilson Ave. and Avenue Rd. (at Cricket Club)
  • 7am Don Mills and Lawrence.
  • 7:15am Wychwood Barns
  • 7:20am Bloor St. and Brunswick Ave.
  • 7:20am Danforth Ave. and Chester Ave.
  • 7:30am Kew Gardens (south end)
  • 7:30am Dundas St. E. and Kingston Rd.

June 1, 2011
BFBA Kick-off. Come celebrate the launch of the Bicycle Friendly Business Awards (BFBA). Nominate a cycle friendly business/organization. 3pm-6pm. Sweet Pete’s Bike Shop, 517 Bloor St W. 416-338-5086

Will happen at the Gladstone Hotel on Monday, September 26, 2011

Will happen at the Gladstone Hotel on Monday, September 26, 2011

2011 Bicycle Friendly Business Awards will be hosted in partner with Tour D’Afrique.

Make sure to get your nominations in. Show your support for businesses and organizations that are cycling friendly!

The Awards night will happen at the Gladstone Hotel on Monday, September 26th at 7:30pm. www.toronto.ca/cycling/bfba/index.htm 416-338-5086

June 3, 2011
BIXI Info Session. Come out to learn about Toronto’s newest bike share program. 8am-11am. Union Station, 65 Front St. 1-877-412-2494.

Please click here for a detailed calendar of other FREE Bike Month events.

Check out some photos from past years.

Happy Bike to Work Day!

Share Your Cycle Track Design Insights

The City of Toronto is starting to consider options for physically separated bike lanes (also known as “Cycle Tracks”) in the downtown area as shown here:

Physically Separated Bike Lanes or Cycle Tracks

Physically Separated Bike Lanes or Cycle Tracks

“You can help inform our research by contributing to the SteetsWiki Cycle Tracks web pages. You’ll need to create a wikispaces account and join “SteetsWiki”, which is usually approved within an hour or two, and then you can start to edit web pages. With your help we can find all the potential solutions for designing ideal Cycle Tracks.”

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