This Tuesday, the bike union and CultureLink will be going down to Washington, D.C. to receive the 2010 Innovation of the Year Award for it's partnership. The award is given out yearly by the US-based Alliance for Biking and Walking.
Together, the Toronto Cyclists Union and CultureLink have launched the Partnership for Integration and Sustainable Transportation to promote cycling among newcomers to Toronto with posters, a Cyclists Handbook, and workshops available in 16 of the city’s most commonly spoken languages.
“We’re honoured to be accepting this award on behalf of our partnership,” says Yvonne Bambrick, Executive Director of the Toronto Cyclists Union. “This project is helping us to grow roots in Toronto’s diverse communities, and to exchange knowledge about sustainable habits here and around the world.”
“In Toronto, 52% of people 15 and older are newcomers to Canada, and green initiatives must speak directly to them to be effective,” says Ibrahim Absiye, Executive Director of CultureLink Settlement Services. “At CultureLink, we are committed to bringing sustainable, affordable and healthy options, like cycling, to the newcomers we serve.”
“We need an inclusive movement if we’re going to be successful in making our communities more friendly to bicyclists and pedestrians,” says Kristen Steele, Communications Director of the Alliance for Biking & Walking. “The partnership between the Toronto Cyclists Union and CultureLink is a great example of how to bring people together. We hope their work inspires other advocates across North America."
Kristen Steele, Communications Director, Alliance for Biking and Walking, 415-971-9576
Yvonne Bambrick, Executive Director, Toronto Cyclists Union, 416-826-2964
Ibrahim Absiye, Executive Director, CultureLink, 416-588-6288 x202
The Alliance for Biking & Walking is a coalition of over 160 advocacy organizations across North America. http://www.PeoplePoweredMovement.org/
The Toronto Cyclists Union is a member-based advocacy organization representing cyclists across the city. http://bikeunion.to
CultureLink Settlement Services promotes self-sufficiency, positive interaction and understanding between the Host and Newcomer communities, and the overall well being of all participants. www.culturelink.net
The work of the Partnership for Integration and Sustainable Transportation is funded by the Trillium Foundation, the Toronto Community Foundation, and LiveGreen Toronto.