Sunday, May 21, 2017
Bike to Work Week May 29 - June 2
Terri-Lynn Gifford, Bike to Work BC Society/Voice file photos below
bbotsford resident and Vancity Financial Service Representative, Alyssa Doerksen has set a personal goal to bike to work at least three times per week—rain or shine.
“I love starting my day with exercise,” says Doerksen, and biking to work allows her to get exercise on her way to work.
Her 3.2 kilometer route from her house to Vancity is just enough to allow her to arrive feeling “much more alert, focused, and ready to give my day my all.”
“I find that getting moving and being outdoors in the morning helps give me time to prepare for my day. Giving myself that time outdoors, is so beneficial for both my mental and physical wellbeing. A little fresh air, sunshine and movement can go a long way when it comes to boosting your mood,” saysDoerksen.
Orlando Schmidt in riding in 2015. Below, Ken Dillon and Kristy Hodson ride in 2016.
Employers benefit when their employees bike to work because exercising before work raises an employee’s productivity by an average of 15 percent. The increased physical activity associated with biking to work instead of getting there in a vehicle leads to healthier employees who are less stressed and have increased mental acuity resulting in fewer task errors and fewer workplace accidents. Healthier employees also take less sick days than inactive employees.
Abbotsford residents are encouraged to try biking to work during Bike to Work & School Week, which runs May 29– June 4, 2017 throughout all of BC. More than 50 communities across the province organize Bike to Work & School Week events. Last year 37,000 participants rode 1.26 million kilometers and saved 272,094 kilograms of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere in just one week.
Workplaces can register and track their participation stats online atwww.biketowork.ca to see how many calories they burn and kilograms of greenhouse gases they save by biking instead of driving a vehicle. Workplace teams can compare their results to other workplace teams and challenge others to friendly competitions. For those people who don’t have a workplace team, you can register and participate as a solo rider.
Richard Baccus riding in 2010.
If improved health and helping the environment are not enough to motivate you to try biking to work during Bike to Work & School Week, then how about the opportunity to win a trip for two Cycling the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia from Exodus Travels?
To qualify for this prize draw, simply register free online atwww.biketowork.ca and choose to ride your bike instead of drive a vehicle at least one day during May 29-June 4, 2017, and log the kilometers online.
First time participants will also be entered into a prize draw for a $500gift card to the bike shop of the winner’s choice. There is no cost to participate. For more information about the prizes and the event, visit www.biketowork.ca/fraser-valley.