Canadian Olympic athletes award bikes to Toronto Community Housing residents

Canadian Olympic athletes award bikes to Toronto Community Housing residents

October 25, 2012

Five Canadian Olympic athletes came to a community event held at 177 Pendrith Street to give away 50 bikes to cyclists of all ages.�

Toronto Community Housing residents were among the many neighbours from Ward 19 who gathered on a sunny afternoon in October to receive a free bicycle for their stories, poems and drawings about why cycling is important to our city. ��

People of all ages, including many Toronto Community Housing residents, won bikes in the contest held for the Ward 19 community.

People of all ages, including many Toronto Community Housing residents, won bikes in the contest held for the Ward 19 community.��

Adam van Koeverden, a four-time Olympic medalist in kayaking, spoke about how he grew up in social housing in Oakville and the importance of cycling for fitness, transportation and fun.�

Joining van Koeverden were fellow Olympians Kurt Browning, a four-time world champion figure skater; Kara Lang, a former stalwart of the Canadian women�s soccer team; Brian Stemmle, four-time Olympian in downhill and super-G skiing; and Mark Oldershaw, a canoeing bronze medalist at the 2012 Olympics.

Kayaker Adam van Koeverden shows residents his 2012 Olympic silver medal at an event at 717 Pendrith Street.

Kayaker Adam van Koeverden shows residents his 2012 Olympic silver medal at an event at 717 Pendrith Street.�

"It is great to see that so many of our residents have come out to celebrate cycling today," said Chuck Dowdall, Toronto Community Housing interim Vice President of Operations.�

"Whether you ride a bike for exercise, for fun, to get around, or all of the above, cycling is one of the many things that make our communities vibrant," Dowdall added.

Toronto Community Housing interim Vice President of Operations Chuck Dowdall welcomed the Olympic athletes to the community.
Toronto Community Housing interim Vice President of Operations Chuck Dowdall welcomed the Olympic athletes to the community.

Ward 19 City Councillor�Mike Layton�helped organize the event. Layton, who lives in the neighbourhood and cycles to work at City Hall, spoke about the freedom that comes from owning a bike.

The bicycles were generously donated by�Gears Bike Shop, which provided bikes in all shapes and sizes for the contest winners.�