10th Anniversary Bike to Work Day!

B2W Day 2016_Group photoOn Monday, May 30, Smart Commute Central York hosted it’s 10th Anniversary Bike to Work Day, encouraging commuters to get active, save money and help reduce traffic congestion by leaving their cars at home and try biking instead. Over 200 cyclists rode through Newmarket Riverwalk Commons on their way to work.

Upon arrival, participants were greeted with a free t-shirt and breakfast, provided by The Pickle Barrel.  Cyclists had the opportunity to test drive a BionX powered e-bike, practice putting their bike on a YRT bus bike rack and enjoyed a free mini massage.

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Cyclists enjoyed breakfast compliments of the Pickle Barrel and coffee provided by Starbucks.

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BionX brought several e-bikes for cyclists to test ride.

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Tim who works for York Region, Tannery location, cycled the farthest, approximately 44 km.

Festivities also included educational exhibits, free giveaways and draw prizes.  Opening remarks and speeches were given by:

President and CEO, Debra Scott, Newmarket Chamber of Commerce
Chairman and CEO, Wayne Emmerson, Regional Municipality of York
Mayor of Newmarket, Tony Van Bynen
Regional Councillor John Taylor
Councillor Jane Twinney

All expressed support for cycling in our communities and across the Region and spoke of it’s importance for a sustainable future.

Bike to Work Day kicks off the Summer Bike Challenge where cyclists will have a chance to WIN an $800 gift card, courtesy of Spoke O’Motion – an awesome Newmarket bike shop.  Click here for more details.

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Unicyclist, Jamie entertained the crowd. Shown here with Mayor Tony Van Bynen, Councillor Christina Bisanz, Councillor Dave Kerwin and Regional Chairman and CEO, Wayne Emmerson.

Thank you to our event sponsor, Spoke O'Motion - an awesome Newmarket bike shop.

Thank you to our event sponsor, Spoke O’Motion

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At the end of the event, cyclists were escorted onto the Tom Taylor Trail for their ride to work.

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