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Celebration at the Safeway on May 30

Terri-Lynn Gifford, BTW/Voice file

 

Bike to Work Week 2009 with mayor Sharon Gaetz (third from right). Voice photo. Below, The big winner for Bike to Work 2012 with Mayor Sharon Gaetz at Chilliwack City Hall.

 

t's Bike to Work Week coming up May 30 - June 5 and we have lots of fun events to celebrate it. Here's what's happening around the Fraser Valley.

On Monday, May 30 residents are invited to kick-off Bike to Work & School Week (which runs May 30 – June 5) and join Chilliwack Mayor and Councillors on a group bike ride from Sardis to Chilliwack on their way to work or school. The ride will make stops at designated places for people to join. People are encouraged to join the ride at a location that is most convenient for them.

The ride starts at 7 am at Sardis Secondary. People can join in at Evans Elementary at 7:20 or at Chilliwack General Hospital at 7:45 where there will be a Celebration Station set-up along the route.

The ride will end at a BIG Celebration Station in the Chilliwack Safeway parking lot where people can enjoy free snacks, Starbucks, bike safety checks, and celebrate cycling with KISS Radio, Pedal Sport, Fraser Valley Regional District, Fraser Health, and the City of Chilliwack. The Celebration Station is open to all residents from 7-9 am even if you are unable to take part in the bike ride. 

On Tuesday, May 31 residents are invited to join Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun and Councillor Dave Loewen on group bike rides on their way to work or school. There are two rides for you to choose from—a West Abbotsford ride with Mayor Braun or an East Abbotsford ride with Councillor Loewen. 

The rides will make stops at designated places for people to join. People are encouraged to join a ride at a location that is most convenient for them. The rides will both finish at a Celebration Station at Canadian Tire on South Fraser Way where people can enjoy free snacks and refreshments and learn safe cycling and anti-theft strategies from Abbotsford Police.

The East ride starts at 7 am from Abbotsford Christian Secondary School and the West ride starts at 7 am from the Walmart parking lot (underground) at High Street. Both rides will convene at approximately 8 am at the Celebration Station.

The Bike to Work 2009 gang on the steps to City Hall. Voice photo.

“Participating in a group ride is a great opportunity for inexperienced cyclists to try cycling in traffic, learn how to do-so safely, and build confidence in it,” says Terri-Lynn Gifford, Coordinator, Bike to Work BC and Bike to Work Fraser Valley.   

To wrap-up the week and celebrate everyone who biked, there will be a free barbeque at Chilliwack Hospital on Friday, June 3 from 12-2 pm on the old cafeteria patio. Hosted by the Chilliwack Division of Family Practice, there will be a full lunch available to all Bike to Work participants who want to stop by during their lunch break. Vegetarian options will be available.

“Bike to work week is a good reminder for us all on the importance of taking some time to get outside on our bikes and see our beautiful city from a different perspective,” said Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun. “Biking to work contributes to keeping us, and our environment healthy and I hope that residents and businesses join me in taking part in this annual event.”

Last year during Bike to Work Week, more than 980 Fraser Valley residents saved 4,100 kilograms of Greenhouse Gas Emissions by choosing to bike during that week rather than drive. Collectively, across the province more than 34,000 participants saved 289,000 kilograms of greenhouse gases in just one week.

This year, registered participants have an opportunity to enter to win one of many great prizes including a Provincial Grand Prize—a 14-day cycling adventure in Vietnam. Event coordinators realize that it’s not feasible for everyone to bike to work or school, so they are encouraging people to try biking somewhere during the week that they’d normally otherwise drive to.

“Some people work from home offices, many are retired, and others have more than 50 km commutes, and so we are encouraging people who can’t bike to work or school to try biking to their work-out, or biking to meet friends, or biking to run errands, or biking to get somewhere instead of driving a vehicle,” says Terri-Lynn Gifford, Coordinator of Bike to Work BC and Bike to Work Fraser Valley.

For more information about the bike rides, the events, or to register for Bike to Work & School Week, visit www.biketowork.ca/fraser-valley

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