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News Release

Durham Region encourages residents to bike to work

WHITBY, ON May 21, 2015

In recognition of Bike to Work Day on Monday, May 25, The Regional Municipality of Durham is encouraging commuters to saddle up and try cycling—a sustainable, healthy and inexpensive way to get to work.

“According to recent research conducted by the Region as part of the Durham Transportation Master Plan update, 56 per cent of Durham residents work within the region and 94 per cent of those people commute to work by car,” says Alex Georgieff, Commissioner of Planning and Economic Development. “If you live and work in Durham, cycling is a great way to be healthy, save money and help the environment—give it a try on Bike to Work Day!”

This year, choosing an alternate transportation mode such as cycling is more beneficial than ever as local municipalities within Durham gear up to host  several events for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. Traffic volumes during this time will be heavier, especially on event days. Durham residents are encouraged to consider cycling to help keep traffic moving.

“Many of our daily trips are well within cycling distance,” says Sandra McEleney, Planning Analyst for Durham Region. “Trips taken by bike save you the cost of transit, gas, parking, have zero impact on air quality, and burn calories with every pedal forward. We encourage commuters to try biking to work now so they are ready to beat the traffic during the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games this summer.”

For more information about Bike to Work Day, visit www.biketoworkday.ca.

Smart Commute Durham offers services to help commuters start a carpool, take transit, cycle, walk or telework. To get started, use the new online tool at www.explore.smartcommute.ca, where you can explore your travel options, match your trip with others and track your trips. Businesses can also take advantage of a new, free service to support the development and implementation of Games Travel Plans. Learn more at www.smartcommute.ca/gamesservice.

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