Burlington celebrates new Bike to Work Day tradition

Burlington celebrates new Bike to Work Day tradition

Release Date: May 28, 2012

Almost 75 cyclists participated in the first City-Wide Bike to Work Day breakfast in Burlington hosted by Smart Commute Halton, the City of Burlington and the Burlington Chamber of Commerce.

Almost 75 cyclists participated in the first City-Wide Bike to Work Day breakfast in Burlington hosted by Smart Commute Halton, the City of Burlington and the Burlington Chamber of Commerce.

On Monday, May 28, 2012, Smart Commute Halton, the City of Burlington and the Burlington Chamber of Commerce celebrated Bike to Work Day with the First Annual City-Wide Bike to Work Day Breakfast. Almost 75 cyclists from across Burlington came together to celebrate cycling and raise awareness of cycling as a healthy, practical and fun way to travel to work or school.

“Transportation is an important issue for Halton residents,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. “By partnering with the Metrolinx Smart Commute program, Halton Region is proud to offer Halton businesses and residents an easy to use alternative to driving alone. By working with the City of Burlington and the Burlington Chamber of Commerce, we’re excited to have motivating events like Bike to Work Day where cyclists can be thanked for their contribution towards making Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.”

Bike to Work Day is an annual Smart Commute event that takes place across Halton Region and the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Cyclists at the inaugural event enjoyed breakfast, community displays, free bike tune-ups and great prizes.

“We encourage Burlington residents and employees to seek alternate means of transport whenever possible,” says Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring. “Whether you’re riding, waking or rolling, we hope to see you get up, get out and get moving.”

Last year alone, 15 Smart Commute Halton member businesses, six of which are in Burlington, eliminated 288,779 km of road travel through carpooling (that distance is more than six times around the world); prevented 62,702 kg of greenhouse gas emissions (that weighs as much as 18 elephants); and achieved almost $186,362 in commuter savings.

Thanks to funding from Halton Region and Metrolinx, employers and employees across Burlington and Halton Region can take advantage of Smart Commute Halton’s services for free.

Smart Commute Halton works with interested businesses to help reduce parking demand and costs; improve employee recruitment and retention by increasing the attractiveness of organizations to current and potential employees; and improve employee morale and productivity by helping create a low-stress commute for employees.

Currently Halton’s Regional road system includes more than $1 billion in road-related infrastructure, with more than 950 lane km of roads, 220 signalized intersections and 213 bridges and large culverts. Over the next 20 years, the work identified through the Transportation Master Plan will bring the value of Halton’s transportation infrastructure to more than $3 billion. The Halton Transportation Master Plan reflects Halton’s commitment to increasing its transportation infrastructure, as well as introducing new and improved transportation options to Halton’s communities.

Find more information on Smart Commute Halton at www.smartcommutehalton.ca. Interested residents looking to set up a carpool should visit Carpool Zone at www.carpoolzone.ca

Smart Commute is a program of Metrolinx and the municipalities in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area whose goal is to ease gridlock, improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while making commuting less expensive and more enjoyable. To date, more than 244 employers with 588,000 employees have signed on to the program and are designated as Smart Commute workplaces. For more information, visit www.smartcommute.ca

The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 500,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; emergency medical services; waste management; public health; social assistance/Ontario Works; children’s and seniors’ services; social/non-profit housing; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, dial 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at www.halton.ca

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Media Contacts:

 

Tim Dennis
Director, Transportation Services
Halton Region
905-825-6000, ext. 7775
1-866-442-5866

 

Lee Oliver
Communications Advisor
City of Burlington
905-335-7600, ext. 7835
oliverl@burlington.ca 

 

Heather Burnett
Communications Specialist
Halton Region
905-825-6000, ext. 7763
1-866-442-5866
heather.burnett@halton.ca