Monday May 30, 2016 

 

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Bicycle riders take part in Bike to Work Week Monday.

 

ritish 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.

“Residents 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 province.

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 gases.

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: www.biketowork.ca

 

 

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