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Kelowna residents encouraged to participate in bike to work week

To get ready for cycling season, cyclists around the Central Okanagan are pumping up their tires, oiling their chains and signing up for Bike to Work Week.

This annual event runs May 28 to June 3 to engage the community in cycling as part of their daily transportation.

“The Central Okanagan’s Bike to Work Week, is part of the smartTRIPS program,” said Mike Kittmer, City of Kelowna’s active transportation co-ordinator. “This annual event challenges workplaces, schools and other organizations to incorporate cycling into their commute, and this is what smartTRIPS is all about.”

Bike to School Week is held at the same time and encourages students to learn bike safety and try riding to school.

“Throughout the week, Bike to Work teams have the opportunity to compete against other organizations and schools to win prizes,” said Lindsay Eason, Bike to Work Week co-ordinator for the Central Okanagan. “Celebration Stations will be in neighbourhoods throughout the week offering snacks, cycling information, bike tune ups and a fun way to meet other cyclists.”

A recent study in Kelowna showed that residents who ride their bikes to work are significantly happier with their commute than those who drive. Plus you save money and it’s good for your health.

To get involved, residents can form a team at work, school, or place of worship and register by visiting smartTRIPS.ca. Individuals without a team can also get involved by visiting the Celebration Stations during the week. The event is free to anyone who wants to participate.

To register, or for more information about smartTRIPS and Bike to Work Week, visit smartTRIPS.ca or phone 250-868-5121.

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