Toronto’s Bike Month kicks off with Bike to Work Day on May 25

Bike Month, May 25 to June 25, has the goal of encouraging Torontonians to cycle more often and of raising awareness of Toronto’s bicycling infrastructure. About 200 events take place during the month, including guided bike tours, bike repair workshops and cycling-themed social events.

“Bike Month includes a number of events that will help to encourage cycling in the city, which helps to reduce traffic congestion and pollution, and improves physical fitness,” said Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West), Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. “We hope that Torontonians take advantage of the Bike Month programming to explore our city’s bike trails, pathways and the cycling network across the city.”

Bike Month will officially start with the Bike to Work Day Group Commute on Monday, May 25. Thousands of cyclists from various start points around the city will meet at Yonge and Charles St. at 7:30 a.m. for a group ride to Nathan Phillips Square. Participants will be treated to a free pancake breakfast, provided by the St. Lawrence Market, while listening to music and various speakers on the square from 8 to 9 a.m.

Details about community events taking place across the city during Bike Month are available on the calendar at bikemonth.ca/events.

“We’re excited to see the rollout of bike infrastructure across the city,” said Jared Kolb, Executive Director of Cycle Toronto. “Cycling is energizing, fun and the best way to get around Toronto. Fifty-five per cent of all trips Torontonians make are shorter than seven kilometres, which is less than 30 minutes by bike. Bike Month is the perfect time to get out for a ride.”

The City of Toronto has worked with the cycling community since 1989 to encourage people to get on their bikes, and has partnered again with Cycle Toronto to deliver the Bike Month programming this year. Local partners of Bike Month 2015 include Live Green Toronto, Smart Commute, McLeish Orlando, Bikeshare Toronto, St. Lawrence Market, Jet Fuel Coffee, Norco Bicycles and VIA Rail. The broadcast partner for the event is CP24 and NOW Magazine is the weekly print media partner.

Cycling is a transportation option to consider during and beyond the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games this summer. The Games will place additional demands on Toronto’s transportation systems and the City of Toronto is asking Toronto businesses and residents to plan ahead and to take steps to reduce congestion during the Games.