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Bike to Work Week (Posted On: Friday, June 18, 2010)

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June 21-27, 2010 - Next week marks the beginning of a new celebration in Collingwood: Bike to Work Week. The celebration builds on the fact that June is Bike Month throughout Canada. The idea is the brain child of Sue Underhill and a nucleus of supporters joined her to organize the week which promotes and celebrates bicycling as a healthy mode of transportation.

“Obviously, as health professionals, we are interested in promoting active healthy living in our community.  Biking can decrease the risk of heart disease and stroke, help control body weight and increase fitness,” says Underhill, of Maximum Physiotherapy. “With the heavy car traffic throughout Collingwood, we're hoping people will find biking for transportation an easier (and often faster!) alternative.” 

Underhill continues, “The positive impact on the environment by riding bikes instead of driving cars to work is huge! Many of us in Collingwood are driving short distances to work, and these short drives have the largest adverse effects on our environment.  Even if we just rode to work on sunny days, we'd be decreasing our carbon footprint!”

This year the organizing team is aiming to make Bike to Work week a "give it a try" or "pilot" initiative.  They have brought on board partners such as The Environment Network, Kamikaze Bikes, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, and the Collingwood G&M Hospital to help promote this event. The team hopes that momentum grows for next year and in the future more partners will join the celebration, including more workplaces that can create their own bike to work week challenges among staff. Underhill adds, “Our main goal of course is to get more Collingwood people biking to work - and to any other destination for that matter!”

If you have any questions about this release please contact Sue Underhill, Maximum Physiotherapy Services at 705.444.3600.    



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