Mayor Menino Kicks Off Boston Bike Week, Celebrates Opening of Commonwealth Ave Bike Lanes
City of Boston, in partnership with TD Bank, launch 2010 bike season and citywide cycling events
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For Immediate Release
May 17, 2010
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Mayor Menino and Boston Bikes corporate partner TD Bank today kicked off Boston Bike Week, announcing continued improvements to make Boston a safer place to cycle.  Mayor Menino and more than 100 area cyclists celebrated with a 2 mile ride from City Hall to the city’s newest bike lane on Commonwealth Avenue in the Back Bay.  Boston Bike Week runs from May 17-21 in concert with National Bike Week and includes several cycling events across the city.

“We continue to make progress in making Boston a safer place for cyclists. These new bike lanes, along with other improvements and conveniences, will allow all Boston residents and visitors to enjoy safe passage through our beautiful city, as well as encouraging a healthy lifestyle,” said Mayor Menino. “Boston is well on its way to becoming a world class cycling city thanks to the support of local companies and partners like TD Bank.”

Mayor Menino and TD Bank executives will also unveil this week the first of several new convenient bike racks that feature the Boston Bikes logo. The artistic racks will be part of the more than 250 new ones expected to be installed throughout the city in 2010. Improvements since the Boston Bike program was launched two years ago include the installation of 15 miles of bike lanes with another 20 slated for this year, the publication of the first-ever Boston Bikes map, the installation of more than 500 bike racks and the formation of the Boston Bikes Advisory Group.  The Mayor also hosted the city’s first Bicycling Safety Summit this year, which pledged greater enforcement of traffic laws and encouraged shared respect on the roads among drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians.

The multi-year civic partnership with TD Bank provides funding for many of the city’s year round cycling and healthy living initiatives, including the recent launch of a new website (www.bostonbikes.org) that features information on all Boston Bikes events and an extensive resource guide for local cyclists and commuters. The site currently features a season kick-off contest to win a cycling trip for two in Tuscany, courtesy of Ciclismo Classico.

“TD Bank is committed to the City of Boston and improving the lives of all Bostonians through our partnership with Mayor Menino’s Healthy City initiatives,” said Mark Crandall, Massachusetts and Rhode Island Regional President for TD Bank. “Together, we can make a real difference and we are all looking forward to an enjoyable cycling season, from the launch of Bike Week through to the TD Bank Boston Cycling Celebration this September.”

Boston Bike Week events include:

  • Bike Week Kickoff, Monday, May 17, 2010
    City Hall Plaza 11:45 AM; Comm @ Arlington 12:15 AM
    Mayor Menino and hundreds of cyclists will kick off Bike Week with a 2 mile ride and the ribbon cutting of the new Commonwealth Ave bike lanes.
  • Cities for Cycling: Best Cycling Cities, Thursday, May 20, 2010
    BU Jacob Sleeper Auditorium, 871 Comm Ave.
    6-7:30 PM Presentations; 7:30-9 Reception

    A forum and reception where guests will learn what America's top biking cities, such as New York City, San Francisco and Portland, Oregon, are doing to make their cities world-class bicycling cities.
  • Mayor Menino's Bike Festival, Friday, May 21, 2010
    City Hall Plaza, Boston, 7-9 AM
    Participants will enjoy a guided bike convoy to City Hall Plaza, a free breakfast from Boloco and a bike festival and expo with music and giveaways.

Additional cycling events this year include Summertime Bike Fridays (June 25, July 30, August 27) and the TD Bank Boston Cycling Celebration on Sunday, September 26, featuring the 2nd Annual TD Bank Mayor’s Cup Pro Race, 6th Annual Hub On Wheels Citywide Ride and Boloco Block Party. Cyclists of all ages interested in participating in this year’s Hub On Wheels ride, can register now at www.bostonbikes.org/hubonwheels.

About Boston Bikes

Boston Bikes is part of Mayor Menino’s vision for a vibrant and healthy city that benefits all its citizens. It seeks to make Boston a world-class bicycling city by creating safe and inviting conditions for all residents and visitors. Formed in September 2007 and led by former Olympic cyclist Nicole Freedman, Boston Bikes focuses on improvements in all five universal bike planning areas, including Engineering, Enforcement, Education, Encouragement and Evaluation. For more information on Boston Bikes, please visit www.bostonbikes.org. For additional information on the TD Bank Mayor’s Cup, fans can visit http://www.bostonbikes.org/mayorscup  To register or learn more about Hub On Wheels, please visit http://www.bostonbikes.org/hubonwheels

About TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®

TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 15 largest commercial banks in the United States with $152 billion in assets, and provides customers with a full range of financial products and services at more than 1,000 convenient locations from Maine to Florida. TD Bank, N.A., is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., and Portland, Maine. TD Bank is a trade name of TD Bank, N.A. For more information, visit www.tdbank.com. TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, is a member of TD Bank Financial Group (TSX, NYSE: TD) of Toronto, Canada, a top 10 financial services company in North America and one of the few banks in the world rated AAA by Moody's.

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