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(Friday, May 31/2002)-- Many residents throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality are getting ready to celebrate "Environment Week" and "Bike to Work Week" from June 3-7 next week.
There are a number of events being planned to encourage broad participation.
HRM is encouraging employee and citizen participation in the "Canadian Commuter Challenge". Participants simply commit to walking, cycling, car-pooling or busing for all, or part, of next week. These alternate sources of transportation should reduce air pollution and traffic congestion. To register, log on to:http://halifax.commuterchallenge.net (note- do not enter www.). You can also reach the site at www.commuterchallenge.net.
For residents in the in Spryfield, Waverley, Lower Sackville, Cole Harbour or Timberlea areas, there will be several guided bike rides into downtown Halifax . They are being organized by the Nova Scotia Cycling Safety Association (call 429-0787 to register).
On Wednesday, June 5th, cyclists ride free on the Metro Transit ferry service.
On that same day, there will be a "Bike Fix-Up" workshop held at the Bloomfield Centre in Halifax, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
On Thursday, June 6th, there will be a litter clean-up challenge between downtown Dartmouth and downtown Halifax.
On Friday, June 7th, the official Group Bike Ride across the Macdonald Bridge will be held. Cyclists will travel from the Dartmouth side of the Macdonald Bridge, along Barrington Street, to City Hall. A reception will follow in the Grand Parade.
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Corporate Communications Officer