This video presents “60-second Bike Tips: PEDALLING”:

This is an update to my previous blog You’re Invited: Fabulous Bike Events in Toronto May 5-6,12 & 28, 2012.

ACTIVATE Your Commute, Walking & Cycling Program:

Active Transportation means using human power to get from place to place.

  • Walking, cycling, rollerblading, (even pogo stick jumping!) are all forms of active transportation.
  • The Walk and Roll website  is a joint effort between Peel, Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon and is a great resource for all things people powered.
    • The site features great interactive maps as well as information and tips on walking and cycling.
  • Get started by registering an account with the ACTIVATE Your Commute online resources and discover how the FREE, easy-to-use online tool can help you:

Listed here are more ‘Bike to Work Day’ events in Ontario, Canada, on May 28, 2012:

Bike to Work Day 2012

Monday, May 28

Bike to Work Day graphic

Register for your chance to win
a VIA Rail trip to Quebec City, or
a two night stay for 2 in St Catherines
including a winery tour and tasting.

Join Smart Commute’s annual event aimed at raising awareness of cycling as a healthy, practical and fun way to travel to work or school.

Many Smart Commute offices throughout the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area are organizing events such as group rides.

Take the Bike to Work pledge for a chance to win one of two great prizes:

  • A trip for two to Quebec City courtesy of VIA Rail
    • Return travel voucher for two business class VIA Rail tickets from Toronto to Quebec City.

Or

You can pledge to:

  • Ride to work or school on May 28, 2012;
  • Tell a co-worker or friend about Bike to Work Day and send them a link to this form; or
  • Assist a new rider in finding a route to school or work.

Contest closes at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 1, 2012.

Please click here for contest details!

Login to your employer’s bike page here: www.biketoworkday.ca

This video presents “60-second Bike Tips: HELMET FIT”:

“Spring has Sprung, so why not Bike to Work on May 28?

Join hundreds from across Hamilton and the Toronto Area as they bike to work as part of the annual Bike to Work Day!”

TORONTO

Bike to Work Day at York University

  • Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Harry Arthurs Common (at the fountain across from Vari Hall), York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto
    • Bring your bike to the fountain in The Common (across from Vari Hall in the bus loop) and get a FREE Bike to Work Day t-shirt while quantities last.
    • Smart Commute NTV will be there to give you a 2012 cycling map, some snacks, and sign you up for the York U Bicycle User Group.
  • Contact: Keagan Gartz, 416-650-8205
  • Bike to school or work on May 28 for a FREE bike safety check-up, courtesy of Curbside Cycle!
  • E-mail them at info@SmartCommuteNTV.ca if you would like to participate in a group ride or for more information about the event.

HAMILTON

A number of great events will be taking place across Hamilton to make your Bike to Work Day fun and easy:

  • Commute to work or school on your bicycle on Bike to Work Day – Monday May 28th and celebrate Hamilton as a cycling and active community
  • Bike to Work Day is a safe community-building event that promotes cycling in Hamilton and offers new cycling commuters an opportunity to build their cycling confidence
  • A central Welcome Reception in Gore Park for riders in the downtown area
  • A number of great prizes and giveaways for participants, including a regional grand prize!
  • Register, Ride & Meet at Gore Park – It’s Easy
    • 1st –   Please click here to register.
    • 2nd–  Choose how you will cycle in on Bike to Work Day.  You can:
      • Join a Group Ride that brings you downtown to the Gore Park Celebration before work
      • Ride a suggested (but unguided) route and meet at the Gore Park Celebration before work
      • Ride your own route to work then Tweet or email (air@greenventure.ca) upon arrival.
        #biketoworkday #HamOnt
  • Bike to Work Day Group Rides and Suggested Routes
    • Please click here for details of suggested routes to downtown Hamilton at Gore Park
    • Some of these routes also feed into other routes and destinations including Mohawk College Fennel Campus and McMaster University
    • These routes are do-it-yourself routes
    • Approximate travel times are noted
    • Special Bike to Work Day guided Group Rides to Gore Park led by experienced cyclists will start at Gage Park (Gage and Cumberland entrance) and Dundurn Street North
    • Visit the Bike to Work Day map for a visual representation of the routes.
  • Gore Park Celebration – 7:30 am to 8:30 am
    • Suggested routes and guided Group Rides arrive at Gore Park for the Bike to Work Day Celebration
    • Stop in at the Gore Park Cycling Celebration before work.
    • Here you can re-fuel with a FREE healthy snack and hot and cold beverages.
    • Claim your prize; meet other residents and local organizations interested in cycling; learn about routes and tips to make your cycling commute easy and fun!
    • Find out what City staff are doing to promote cycling in Hamilton and what you can do to improve cycling in your neighbourhood.
  • Prizes – Just Register and Ride to Win
    • Ride downtown to Gore Park for a chance to win other fun prizes including:
      • 8GB iPod
      • Coffee prize packs
      • Smart Commute Prize Packs
      • Bike to Work Day T-Shirts
  • Group Rides – All Skill Levels Welcome
    • First time riding to work?
    • Two organized group rides led by experienced cyclists will converge downtown at the Gore Park Celebration.
    • They suggest you get a friend or co-worker to register and ride with you.
  •  Choose Your Own Route or One of Ours
    • If you are the independent type and choose your own route to work, don’t forget to register to win prizes and show Hamilton you care!
    • They can also suggest some other friendly routes to ride.
  •  Get Your Workplace Involved
    • Cycling is more fun when you bring a friend or co-worker.
    • If you are interested in organizing Bike to Work Day for your place of work just send an email to air@greenventure.ca.
    • They’ll provide you with the support and communications materials you will need to make your day a success!
    • You can also raise some money for the Bike for Mike Foundation who are looking to get every kid in Hamilton on a bicycle.

This video demonstrates a quick pre-ride bike inspection that involves the following ABC’s checklist:

  • A = Air: check your tire pressure—while you’re at it, check that both quick-releases are securing your wheels safely to the frame
  • B = Brakes: Check that front and rear brakes engage properly
  • C = Chain: Check that your drivetrain is clean and lubed:


 DURHAM

Bike to Work Day May 28 All member
companies and
their employees.
SCD member companies host on-site events
such as bike clinics, safe cycling demonstrations
and workshops.
Go to www.smartcommutedurham.ca for details.

HALTON REGION

The 1st Annual City-Wide Bike to Work Day Breakfast

  • Time: 7:30 to 9 a.m.
  • Contact: Peter Paz, 647-338-7117; Alicia Jakaitis, 289-259-3062
  • A community celebration of Bike to Work Day, which includes:
    • FREE breakfast
    • community displays
    • FREE bike tune-ups
    • and lots of great prizes
    • please visit www.smartcommutehalton.ca for further details.

REGION OF PEEL

6th Annual Bike to Work Day

  • Time: 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
  • Contact: Jagoda Rozbicka, 647-989-0680
  • Join thousands across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area on Monday, May 28, to celebrate Smart Commute Mississauga’s 6th annual Bike to Work Day.
  • Ride your bike to the new Mississauga Celebration Square and enjoy:

    • A FREE BREAKFAST
    • Bike safety tune-ups
    • Fun prizes
    • And see the Craz E Crew Stunt Team’s BMX Show!
    • So what are you waiting for? It’s fun, it’s free, and it’s environmentally friendly!
    • Visit www.smartcommutemiss.ca for full details.
  • REGISTER TODAY for BIKE TO WORK DAY & be entered to WIN great PRIZES!

ANNUAL GROUP RIDE DETAILS

2nd GROUP RIDE WITH COUNCILLOR FONSECA

Start Location: Chappell House Lawn at Riverwood Park Conservancy
Sign-in Time: 7:15 a.m.
Departure Time: 7:30 a.m
Address: 4300 Riverwood Park Lane, Mississauga, ON L5C 2S7
End Location: Mississauga Celebration Square
End Address: 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga ON
Breakfast Time: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
MAP

Start Location: Burnhamthorpe and Tomken
Sign-in Time: 7:15 a.m.
Departure Time: 7:30 a.m.
End Location: Mississauga Celebration Square,
300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga ON
MAP

PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS

Cawthra Park Secondary School
Clarkson Secondary School

Erindale Secondary School
Glenforest Secondary School
Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School
Lorne Park Secondary School
Mississauga Secondary School
Port Credit Secondary School
Rick Hansen Secondary School

Thomas L. Kennedy Secondary School

OTHER GROUP RIDES/EVENTS

PAUL & BRENDA’S GROUP RIDE
Start Location: Meadowvale Community Centre
Address: 6655 Glen Erin Drive, Mississauga
Start Time: 6:45 AM
Midpoint Location: Chappell House Lawn 4300 Riverwood Park Lane, Mississauga
End Location: Mississauga Celebration Square – 300 City Centre Drive

 BIKE TO WORK DAY WORKPLACE EVENTS
May 16: Pratt & Whitney Canada Co.
May 17: RBC Meadowvale
May 18: Hatch Ltd.
May 23: Transat A.T. Inc.
May 24: University of Toronto at Mississauga
May 25: Greater Toronto Airports Authority
May 25: HB Group Insurance/The Co-operators

June 1: McCormick Rankin, A member of MMM Group

YORK REGION

5th Annual Bike to Work Day Event

  • 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Contact: Nicole Beayni, 416-917-2160; Basil Marcello, 416-557-2096
  • Join Smart Commute Markham, Richmond Hill at their 5th Annual Bike to Work Day Event!
  • The 6 km ride around the Hwy. 7 and Leslie corridor (map)  is an excellent chance to discover how cycling to work, even occasionally, can save you money while improving traffic congestion, air quality and your overall health
    • Live too great of a distance to make biking to work or this event feasible?
    • Come out to show your support for those who can by transporting your bike to the event
  • This FREE  event includes:
    • Group ride escorted by York Regional Police
    • Continental breakfast
    • YRT bus bike rack demo
    • Stretching, mobilization and soft tissue therapy with the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
    • A chance to WIN great prizes including a new $430 bike from Evolution Cycles courtesy of Smart Commute MRH!
  •  Register by Friday, May 18, 2012, and be entered for a chance to WIN an EARLY BIKER prize, a $100 bike shop gift card!
  • You can also participate by taking the Bike to Work pledge!
    • For a chance to win one of two great prizes
      • please see the details given at the beginning of this blog
      • *Please note that taking the pledge does not register you for the Smart Commute MRH event

Smart Commute Central York’s 6th Annual Bike to Work Day

  • Time: 7:45 to 9:00 a.m.
  • Contact: Pat Lusink, 905-716-0826
  • This year there will be eating, meeting and greeting at Newmarket’s new park, Riverwalk Commons.
  • Come for:
    • FREE continental breakfast,
    • Great giveaways
    • And draw prizes including the grand prize of a bike, donated by Spoke O’Motion!
    • Visit with their exhibitors:
      • BikeSports
      • Investors Group
      • McCallum Massage Therapy
      • Spoke O’Motion
      • Tap’d In Mobile
      • The Mobile Bike Shop
      • York Region Public Health
      • York Region Planning and Development Services
      • and YRT/Viva
  • Pickle Barrel and Starbucks will kindly provide the refreshments.
  • New this year! Bike from Work: Continue the day’s celebrations from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. by joining them for complimentary appetizers at Cachet Restaurant, 500 Water St., Newmarket

Smart Commute Toronto – Central

  • It is a network of employers  committed to improving employee transportation options, so that commuters arrive to work relaxed and on time, plus other benefits such as:
    • Increase employee productivity
    • Boost morale and retention
    • Help clean our air and the environment
  • “Gridlock is a major issue facing Toronto’s business community
  • In a survey of its members, the Toronto Board of Trade has identified traffic congestion as a factor affecting the competitiveness of our city.
    • The price tag is about $3 billion each year in lost productivity.
    • Employees who spend their mornings and evenings sitting in traffic are more stressed and dissatisfied – ultimately affecting your business’ performance.”
  • Smart Commute Toronto-Central is currently working with a group of progressive businesses  representing over 50,000 employees based in downtown Toronto.
    • They offer a wide array of services to make commuting easy and enjoyable.
  • Smart Commute Toronto-Central is a program of the City of Toronto and Toronto Environment Office, made possible with support from Metrolinx

Happy Bike to Work Day!

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