Student Designed and Diversity Themed Bike Stands Unveiled by the Bloordale BIA

For Immediate Release

January 13, 2017

Student Designed and Diversity Themed Bike Stands

Unveiled by the Bloordale BIA

Today, 20 one-of-a-kind bike stands were unveiled on Bloor Street West, between Dufferin St and Lansdowne Ave by the Bloordale BIA.

The bike stands were designed by grade 11 and 12 students from Bloor Collegiate Institute and Bloor CI art teacher Dan Hobbs supervised the design process. Designing the bike racks involved extensive research on the history of Bloordale and the students took great care to ensure that designs reflect the history of the neighbourhood.

"The creative energy of the students who designed these bike racks have taught us all a lesson to look into our hearts and to work to make our community even stronger." said Bloor CI Art Teacher Dan Hobbs.

Each bike stand says "Welcome to Bloordale" in 20 different languages reflecting the diversity of the surrounding community and the influence of the immigrant experience in our neighbourhood.

"As a neighbourhood, we welcome newcomers especially refugees from war torn regions. This project is part of Bloordale BIA's commitment to promoting bike culture." said Liza Lukashevsky, Chair of the Bloordale BIA. "We are pleased to have provided funding and would like to thank everyone who made this project a reality."

The bike stands in front of the mosque and in front of the church at Bloor and Dufferin both contain the peace sign illustrating the religious tolerance of Bloordale and our ability to respect all religions and welcome people of diverse backgrounds.

Ilyas Ally from the Islamic Information and Dawah Centre Mosque remarked, "I am touched by the generosity of those involved in this project to bring our neighbourhood together and deliver the welcoming message of peace to all who visit Bloordale."

The bike stands are made out of hot rolled plate and flat bar steel. They were welded by 19 year-old Jacqueline Fernandez who is studying welding at a local college and who wanted to make a lasting contribution to the community.

"It is fantastic to see youth in Bloordale come together and make a lasting contribution to the fabric of our neighbourhood in such a positive way." said Councillor Ana Bailão. "These bike racks will stand as a testament to the diversity and vibrancy of our community that has been shaped by so many from all around the world who now call Bloordale and Canada their home."

In attendance at today's unveiling was Bloordale BIA Chair, Liza Lukashevsky, City Councillor Ana Bailão, Ilyas Ally from the Islamic Information and Dawah Centre Mosque, students from Bloor Collegiate Institute and Bloor CI Art Teacher Dan Hobbs.

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Media Contact:

Robert Cerjanec, Councillor Bailão's Office, 416-338-5274, rcerjan@toronto.ca

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