Cyclists can Travel Greener with the Toronto-Niagara Bike Train

Toronto, June 5, 2007 - The Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce & Visitor and Convention Bureau and its partners launched the Pilot Year of the Toronto-Niagara Bike Train with a media event at Union Station on Tuesday, June 5. The Bike Train is a new tourism initiative that will be introducing bike racks onboard VIA Rail Canada service between Toronto and the Niagara Region this summer.

“The McGuinty government is pleased to invest $57,000 in this project to help build bicycling tourism opportunities in the Niagara Region,” said Minister of Tourism Jim Bradley. “I encourage Ontarians to see all the great things there are to do in Ontario this summer.”

“The Toronto-Niagara Bike Train Initiative will significantly improve transportation access for cyclists between the two regions and further develop the Niagara Region as a major cycle tourism destination,” said Janice Thomson, Executive Director of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce & Visitor and Convention Bureau.

The Bike Train provides travellers with a unique and sustainable way to discover the Niagara Region’s renowned tourism and cycling opportunities. The price for a round-trip on the Bike Train between Toronto and Niagara Falls is $59 including taxes and bike rack reservation fees. Weekend getaway and daytrip packages will include options such as accommodations, restaurants, winery tours and tastings, guided bike tours, theatre tickets, parks and attraction passes.

The Toronto-Niagara Bike Train Initiative is a partnership project founded by the City of TorontoGovernment of OntarioNiagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce and Visitors & Convention Bureau and VIA Rail Canada, and is supported by partners Tourism Niagara, The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, Pedal Magazine, and by more than 20 organizations and businesses.

Visit www.biketrain.ca for more information on partners, schedules, events and getaway packages.

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For more information, contact: Justin Lafontaine Project Lead 416-338-5090 office / 416-712-8819 cell /jlafont@toronto.ca

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