May 30, 2016
Reducing greenhouse gasses is a
Bicycle riders take part in Bike to Work Week
Columbians throughout the province are being encouraged to put away their
car keys and hop on their bicycles during this year’s Bike to Work Week, May
30 to June 5.
“The popularity of cycling for commuting, tourism and recreation has seen a
remarkable growth over the past few years,” Minister of Transportation and
Infrastructure Todd Stone said. “We saw evidence of this when we consulted
on our B.C. on the Move 10-year transportation plan launched last year.
and local governments told us they wanted more opportunities and more
infrastructure to support cycling as a viable transportation alternative in
their communities, and we responded by doubling the amount of funding we
provide through BikeBC.”
The ministry committed to $18 million over three years to cost-share with
municipalities on projects like bike trails, pedestrian bridges, multi-use
paths and shoulder bikeways. Since 2001, the Government of B.C. has invested
more than $220 million in cycling grants and infrastructure throughout the
The ministry also supports Bike to Work Week campaigns in communities
throughout B.C. with $140,000 in funding this year, matching the amount
provided for the 2015 campaign.
Ken Dillon and Kristy Hodson enjoy a cup of coffee during the Bike to Work
festivities Monday at Safeway downtown.
Cycling supports the Province’s commitment to improving the health of
British Columbians by encouraging active lifestyles. Cycling also
contributes to increased physical activity and helps reduce greenhouse
Cycling 10 kilometres to and from work every day would reduce greenhouse gas
emissions by 15,000 kilograms a year. Cycling just eight kilometres is equal
to 30 minutes of moderate exercise.
“These are just some of the reasons to take part in Bike to Work Week,”
Stone said. “You may want to set a good example for your kids, or you may
want to set a challenge for yourself to beat last year’s commute time.
Whatever the reason, trade your four wheels for two and let’s get pedalling.”
For more information on Bike to Work Week activities throughout B.C., visit:
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