Toronto businesses recognized with Bicycle Friendly Business Awards 2009

During the Toronto Bike Awards event on January 19, 2010, the City of Toronto presented the 2009 Bicycle Friendly Business Awards (BFBA), honouring seven businesses for their “bicycle friendliness.”The event, co-hosted with the Toronto Cyclists Union, featured performances and more. The awards presentation, which took place at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. paid tribute to businesses and organizations that have demonstrated leadership in encouraging cycling by employees and/or customers. By doing so, these businesses are helping to promote the bicycle as a sustainable form of transportation that contributes to a reduction in traffic congestion and pollution.

Award presentations were made by Councillor Adrian Heaps, Chair of the City’s Cycling Committee, Councillor Joe Mihevc, and Councillor Gord Perks

The following businesses and organizations were recognized for their bicycle friendliness:

Best Bike Parking Award: Mountain Equipment Co-op

Bicycle-Friendliest Suburban Business Award: Smart Commute North Toronto Vaughan [Presented by Councillor Gord Perks]

Bicycle Commute Award: Ontario College of Art & Design

Best Small Business Award: Bike Train Initiative

Best Large Business Award: Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center

Best Skills Development Award: Charlie’s FreeWheels

Best Overall Award: Bike Train Initiative

In addition to the BFBAs, awards such as the Toronto Cyclists Union’s Golden Spokes Awards were presented.

For more information about the award recipients, visit the website at http://www.toronto.ca/cycling.