By Val Dodge, June 4, 2010 5:33 am
Ward 29 Bikes once again took part in Monday’s group commute, the official kick-off to Bike Month in Toronto. For the second year in a row, riders welcomed perfect cycling weather bright and early in the morning. Hundreds of cyclists from the east, west, and north converged on Yonge and Bloor before heading down to CIty Hall for the annual pancake breakfast.
This being an election year, we were pleased to be joined on the ride by five of the six declared candidates to replace retiring Ward 29 Councillor Case Ootes. Thanks to Chris Caldwell, Mary Fragedakis, Jane Pitfield, John Richardson, and Jennifer Wood for joining us for the ride.
Here are a few pictures from the ride:
Riders, including candidate Jennifer Wood here, pause on Yonge Street south of Bloor to allow stragglers to catch up so that we can all head downtown as one big group.
Hundreds of cyclists, including candidate John Richardson in the yellow helmet, stream into Nathan Phillips Square, locking up their bikes on the way to the pancake breakfast.
Our own Vincent de Tourdonnet was interviewed by Radio-Canada.
Councillor John Parker (Ward 26) took Jane Pitfield for a spin in a quadricycle from Centre Island.
The group commute is always a great way to start the best cycling month in Toronto. There are dozens more Bike Month events throughout the city over the next four weeks, including our own east end cycling advocacy meeting on Wednesday, June 9. Be sure to head out to at least a couple of events in June and help make it the best Bike Month ever!