Smither’s resident and president of Bike to Work BC Society, Taylor Bachrach has been cycling to work for six years. “There is nothing that beats how great you feel riding your bike to work and home,” he says. “It is amazing how the stresses of the day just melt away. And you take time to notice the friendly people around you.”
Bike to Work & School Week is May 29-June 4, 2017 throughout BC.
Bachrach urges people to get on their bikes and give it a try, even if they have never done it before: “We hope they discover how enjoyable biking to get to places can be.” Choosing to bike instead of drive just one day makes a difference in our health and air quality; and you don’t need any special equipment other than a bike and helmet. There is lots of support including ICBC safety tips, and fun celebration stations.”
Teachers, parents, students, employers, and employees are encouraged to register their classes, schools, and workplaces through www.biketowork.ca.
“It is easy and fun,” Bachrach says. “You can join or start a team, or participate as a solo rider. If you register at www.biketowork.ca, and report your trips, you will qualify for great prizes including a grand prize of an Exodus Travels dream cycling adventure for two along Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast.* For longer distances, you can always bus and bike part way. Make sure you log the kilometers you biked, to qualify for prizes and see how many calories you burned, and kilograms of greenhouse gases you saved.”
The winner of last’s year’s Exodus grand prize, Joel Carter and his family aim to operate one vehicle in their household. Biking to work allows them to achieve this. “I also find it difficult to find time to exercise with a busy schedule. Biking to work serves two purposes: I get some exercise; and it is a great form of transportation to and from work.”
“Cycling brings out the child in many of us and a sense of wonder – as does travel,” says Robin Brooks, marketing & PR manager for Exodus Travels, “A bike lets you travel at your own pace, has minimal environmental impact and best of all presents you with a rewarding adrenaline adventure that once finished provides an unparalleled sense of achievement,” says Brooks.
Organizers say, “You don’t need fancy clothes or an expensive bike to participate in Bike to Work & School Week, but it is important to be visible and wear a helmet. Check www.biketowork.ca for ICBC’s safety tips and review the Bike Sense manual at www.bikesense.org to refresh your memory about the rules of the road and how to share the road safely with vehicles.” More than 50 communities and regions participate in the event across BC. To join them, register at www.biketowork.ca.
Bike to Work BC is a not for profit society that provides resources and support to help local communities organize and hold bike to work and school events province-wide.
**all participating communities except Greater Victoria quality for the Exodus Travels grand prize
SOURCE Bike to Work BC Society