Smart Commute – North Toronto, Vaughan cycles its way to an award

Smart Commute – North Toronto, Vaughan (NTV) has been recognized as Toronto’s Bicycle-Friendliest Suburban Business for 2009. The not-for-profit, which is based at York University, received the award at the recent Bicycle Friendly Business Awards (BFBA), which recognize an organization’s commitment to the advancement of cycling as a sustainable, cost-effective and healthy mode of commuting.

“Cycling infrastructure, cyclist safety and cycling in general are increasingly relevant issues to Torontonians. Winning this award demonstrates to the community that Smart Commute NTV is committed to supporting cycling as an essential method of travel,” says Brian Shifman, executive director of Smart Commute NTV. “We were proud to be recognized by the city with other bike-friendly organizations such as Mountain Equipment Co-op and our partner Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.”

City of Toronto Councillor Gord Perks, who has worked with Greenpeace Canada, Pollution Probe, the Toronto Environmental Alliance and the Better Transportation Coalition, presented the award to Smart Commute NTV on Jan. 19 at a special ceremony. “It was a pleasure to be part of this ceremony and to present Smart Commute NTV with this honour,” says Perks. “The BFBAs provide a well-deserved pat on the back to organizations in our community that support cycling as an eco-friendly, socially responsible method of travel.”

For more information, visit the Smart Commute – North Toronto, Vaughan Web site.