Bike Month 2017 – Summary of Events

Bike to Work Day 2017

On May 29th, Smart Commute Markham, Richmond Hill hosted their 10th annual Bike to Work Day. Over 100 cyclists partook in the 7 km route, including ten volunteer experienced cyclists who led the group for a safe and enjoyable ride, which incorporated a significant portion of Highway 7 and the use of the left turn bike lanes. Prior to the ride and during the water break, cyclists were treated to a healthy breakfast, bike safety checks from Evolution Cycles, soft tissue therapy from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic Clinic, stretching exercises from Focused on Fitness, and received cycling information from CAA, local municipalities of Markham and Richmond Hill and York Region. Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti and Town of Richmond Hill Deputy Mayor Vito Spatafora acknowledged the 10th annual Bike to Work day group ride and addressed their respective municipalities’ achievements in promoting cycling as a viable and healthy form of commuting to work. With twelve prizes awarded, including a Norco Indie 4 bicycle to Ewa Gruszczynski of WSP Canada, Smart Commute Markham, Richmond Hill’s 10th annual Bike to Work Day group ride was a memorable and exciting start to the annual Bike Month campaign!

For photos from Bike to Work Day, please visit our Facebook page.

Photo Credit: City of Markham

Active Transportation Expo

Smart Commute Markham, Richmond Hill and the City of Markham hosted the first Active Transportation Expo, which took place at the Markham Civic Centre on June 9, 2017! The event was very well received.

Over 60 participants, including employees from the City of Markham, Smart Commute MRH workplaces, representatives from York Region, Markham’s Cycling and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (CPAC) and members of the community, enjoyed a day of active transportation activities, great vendors and prizes from our partners and sponsors. Participants experienced a hands-on cycling skills workshop, a cycling tour of the Highway 7 bike lanes and a bus tour of Downtown Markham. Brian Lee, Director of Engineering at the City of Markham, expressed his gratitude for those who celebrate and promote active commuting within Markham in his opening speech. Speaking on behalf of Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Regional Councillor Nirmala Armstrong was joined by Councillor Alan Ho, who showed their support for the City of Markham and York Region’s commitment to active transportation infrastructure in the city.

Thank you for making the first Active Transportation Expo a success! To view more photos from the event, please visit Smart Commute MRH’s Facebook page.