Heading to the Canadian Open? Ride your bike!

Bicycling Organizations to Provide Bike Valet Service at Upcoming Canadian Open

Provincial Cycling Organization Share the Road and GranFondo Canada are joining forces with Cycle Oakville to provide a Bike Valet service at the upcoming RBC Canadian Open in Oakville from July 22 – 28, 2013.

The Bike Valet will be a convenient and secure area for cyclists to store their bikes when attending the tournament. The concept has been used at other major golf tournaments — including the Canadian Open in Vancouver and Hamilton — in the past and is something that is growing in popularity. The idea for a bike valet service was advanced by representatives from Golf Canada and the Town of Oakville who wanted to offer an opportunity for those attending the Canadian Open to do so by bicycle. The valet will be located just outside the entrance of the Glen Abbey Golf Club at the corner of Old Abbey Lane, and Dorval Drive. Local businesses, including accommodation providers, will be promoting the valet service to their guests.

“We are so pleased that GranFondo Canada and the Share the Road Cycling Coalition offered to provide assistance in terms of organizing and providing this valet bicycle service at the Canadian Open,” said Oakville Councilor Pam Damoff. Damoff, who also co-founded Cycle Oakville noted: “Our organization was founded to encourage cycling in Oakville, work with partners to engineer safety, education and awareness campaigns, and work with local businesses and BIAs to develop bicycle friendly business districts. This kind of innovative service and approach will provide a unique opportunity for local guests — and those joining us from out of town — to have the choice of cycling to and from the Open. We are very excited to be have this opportunity, and so pleased that Golf Canada has been so encouraging and supportive.”

“We are delighted to be participating in the provision of this service to guests attending the Canadian Open. We are excited at the potential for this service to alleviate traffic and parking congestion. It’s a great way to get in and out of the Open quickly too!” said Eleanor McMahon, CEO Share the Road Cycling Coalition. “Our organization was thrilled that Councillor Damoff asked us to provide assistance. While our core business is organizing cycling events, we are also committed to working with and contributing to community organizations — and to growing and promoting cycling. This is a win-win from our perspective, and a great fit,” said Dean Hachey, Director Business Development GranFondo Canada.

The secure bike valet service will be provided free of charge. Donations are warmly accepted with proceeds from the service to be shared between the Share the Road Cycling Coalition and Oakville Cycles.

About the Share the Road Cycling Coalition

The Share the Road Cycling Coalition is a provincial cycling advocacy and policy organization created to unite cycling organizations from across Ontario, work with and on behalf of municipalities to enhance their ability to make their communities more bicycle- friendly and advocate for an enhanced provincial role. Core to the organization’s mission and mandate are safety, education and awareness campaigns. Since its inception in 2008, the Coalition has focused on outreach work across Ontario and has built partnerships with active transportation stakeholders notably provincial politicians, cycling advocates, local cycling clubs, municipal advisory groups, municipal and provincial leaders and officials, law enforcement, planners, public health professionals, and funders.

About GranFondo Canada

Founded in 2007, GranFondo Canada is an event management company committed to providing world-class cycling events in world-renowned locations. For more information, please visit: granfondocanada.com.

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