A bike commuter rides by the Capital News Thursday just as many will do next week during Bike to Work Week celebrations provincewide

Kelowna gears up for Bike to Work Week

Cyclists around B.C. are getting ready to ride to work and track their kilometres in a communal effort to encourage healthy transportion

  • May. 22, 2014 4:00 p.m.

If the thought of spandex and sock tan has you wobbling on Bike to Work Week participation, fear not; it’s a come as you please affair as long as you don a helmet.

Next week the entire province will be participating in Bike to Work week, pumping up tires, hitting the street and stopping for a little encouragement at city-sponsored stations.

For avid riders like Ashlee Robinson, there’s no need for the added boost at this time of year as she tries to ride right through the winter, even adding studded tires to deal with ice.

“It’s a good way to fit some exercise into the day. It reduces my costs because I don’t have to fill my car up with fuel as often, or pay for parking , and I fee it is better environmentally,” she said.

Her coworkers typically ride for the fresh air and to spend some time with a spouse or set a good example for their children. As for the speed, Robinson said it is faster to get to work by bike than by bus or car in Kelowna.

Last year some 1,452 cyclists in this community participated in Bike to Work Week, riding a total of 56,326 kilometres for a carbon equivalent off-set of 13,068 kilograms of harmful GHG emissions.

In other words, we stacked up pretty well to the rest of the province, with only Metro Vancouver and Greater Victoria trumping our efforts.

Some 35 communities participate in Bike to Work Week in B.C. and every year it attracts a significant crowd of first-time cyclists—3,634 last year.

There is still time to register as an individual or team at biketowork.ca

This year there will be celebration stations from 7-9 a.m. at stops throughout the city. The schedule is as follows:

Monday, May 26 Urban Systems Station downtown, 421 Cawston Avenue, breakfast wraps from the Bike Shop Café

Tuseday, May 27 Grace Baptist Church, 1150 Glenmore Drive, food from Choices Market

Wednesday, May 28 Constable Neil Bruce Middle School, 2010 Daimler Drive, Kekuli Café to cater

Thursday, May 29 Mission Creek Regional Park, 2363 Springfield Road with Deli City breakfast sandwiches

Friday, May 30 Dayton Street Overpass, 1632 Dickson Avenue, Bean Scene Breakfast Parfaits and Vegan Rice Pudding; Original Joe’s Restaurant, 2728 Pandosy Street (breakfast for $2 donation for Brain Trust)

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