PARLIAMENTARIANS TAKE A RIDE!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 31, 2016, OTTAWA, ON: Over 20 legislators hopped on their bicycles and rode through the streets of Ottawa on Monday for the annual Bike Day on the Hill. The event is an initiative of National Health and Fitness Day to profile the cycling community, and to encourage MPs and Senators and, ultimately all Canadians, to increase their level of physical activity.
This year the message from the cycling community in Canada was that with proper infrastructure and programming, cycling can be a very desirable mode of transportation in Canada. The cycling community is calling for safe and efficient cycling infrastructure to support healthy and vibrant communities. As well, they seek government support of national cycling programs, education and training.
"This is Canada's opportunity - as a country and as federal leaders - to stand up and make a conscious decision to become a bike friendly nation,” said Anders Swanson, Chair of Canada Bikes. “It’s time. We owe it to our children, grandchildren, spouses and peers and I challenge anyone to come up with a reason why we shouldn't."
An added benefit of, increasing infrastructure and road safety is that it will lead to increased physical activity levels in Canadians. If Canadians have more accessible and safer routes for active transportation, logic dictates that more people will choose cycling as their method of commuting.
"National Health & Fitness Day is pleased to help connect Canadian cycling advocates with federal legislators for a discussion on the promotion of cycling. Active transportation is an excellent way to increase overall physical activity of Canadians, and is especially important for youngsters. Riding a bike to school builds physical activity into a child's daily routine and provides a base for a life long love of cycling. Plus it reduces traffic congestion around schools. Best of all, it's fun!" said Senator Nancy Greene Raine.
“Having created the event in 2012, I’m delighted to see the Fifth Annual Bike Day on the Hill grow, in numbers of participants and ambition,” said John Weston, Master of Ceremonies for the event, and former M.P. for West Vancouver – Sunshine Coast – Sea
Pictured in front of the House of Commons at #BikeDayontheHill are Peter Fonseca, MP, Mississauga East-Cooksville, Wayne Stetski, MP, Kootenay-Columbia, Julie Dabrusin, MP, Toronto-Danforth, Greg Fergus, MP, Hull-Aylmer, Catherine McKenna, MP, Ottawa Centre and Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Ron Kunstadt, Kunstadt Sports, Gord Johns, MP, Courtenay-Alberni, Alain Rayes, MP, Richmond-Arthabaska, Will Amos (in front with bike), MP, Pontiac, Bob Elliott, Sport Matters Group, Carla Qualtrough, MP, Delta and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, Robert Kitchen, MP, Souris-Moose Mountain, Cheryl Hardcastle, MP, Windsor-Tecumseh, Laura Robinson, Canada Bikes, John Weston, National Health and Fitness Day, Anthony Housefather, MP, Mount Royal, Jeannette Holman-Price, The Jessica Campaign, Anders Swanson, Canada Bikes, Chris Gray, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Alastair Macgregor, MP, Cowichan-Malahat-Langford, Ian Jack, Canadian Automobile Association, Senator Nancy Greene Raine, Pam Damoff, MP, Oakville North-Burlington. Photo credit: Yvonne Bambrick.
For More Information:
Marilyn McIvor at 613 402 5154
Anders Swanson, Chair of Canada Bikes at 204 797 1962
Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna participated in the event and commented, "Cycling is not only great exercise; it is very good for the environment. As traffic around Ottawa picks up during the busy tourist season, it is great to see so many of our citizens doing their bit for clean air by taking to the bike lanes and commuting to work and school. "