Cyclists across the Central Okanagan are gearing up for Bike to Work Week, May 25 to May 31 and it’s time to register now. Go to Biketowork.ca to sign up
New this year are even more Celebration Stations and an easy registration process, so you can register as a team, a school, or as an individual.
This provincially supported weeklong event encourages cyclists of all abilities to give commuter cycling a try. smartTRIPS rewards those who venture out on their bike with fantastic prizes from great sponsors, including daily bike draws and gift certificates. There is also a provincial grand prize of a Prague to Budapest cycling trip, so don’t miss out on all the fun.
Celebration Stations take place daily in different parts of the Central Okanagan to provide extra motivation. They provide an opportunity to get free refreshments from local sponsors and a complimentary bike check-up from local bike shops – all while socializing and meeting new people.
“Every year we have tons of fun at the Celebration Stations, with great food and prizes from our local sponsors. So many awesome people stop by,” said Mike Kittmer, Active Transportation Co-ordinator, in a press release.
The addition of more Celebration Stations this year, including a morning drop-in station at the Westbank First Nation office, evening stations in both Lake Country and Peachland, and five in Kelowna. There are even have Celebration Station Passports to be entered for prizes for those who visit three or more stations.
Bike and Walk to School Week takes place during the same week, so students and families are encouraged to participate for a chance to win prizes for their school. Twenty-six schools are participating so far. Check with school administration or Parent Advisory Councils to determine participating schools. Those not already signed up can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested participants can register or get more information at smartTRIPS.ca/events. The Team Leader meeting is May 6 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Tree Brewing Institute, so sign up now!