The City of Vernon is wheeling out a number of events for Bike to Work and School Week from May 28 to June 3.
The event encourages residents to park their cars, in favour of a bike, to support healthy sustainable transportation.
“Many people own bicycles but have not considered using them for daily transportation. The goal of Bike to Work and School Week is to motivate people of all ages to try cycling to work, to school, to go shopping, or out for dinner, perhaps for the first time. Any trip when you use your bike instead of driving counts,” says a City of Vernon release.
Last year, over 44,000 riders from across BC participated, cycling a total of 1,109,340 km and saving 240,582 kg of greenhouse gas emissions.
The event gets rolling Sunday with a family friendly group ride called “Love Our Lanes” from 1 – 3 pm starting at Civic Plaza
It will include bike decorating and a tour of the city’s bike lanes and paths.
Participants who register and log at least one trip by bike online at www.biketowork.ca/north-okanagan will be eligible to win prizes, including a trip for two to Portugal sponsored by Exodus Travels, $500 to a local bike shop of your choice sponsored by CUPE 626, and much more.
Community events for Bike To Work/School Week:
Sunday, May 27 1pm – 3pm starting at Civic Plaza
Family-friendly Group Ride “Love Our Lanes” kicks off the week with bike decorating and a tour of Vernon’s bike lanes and paths.
Monday, May 28, 7am – 9am
Celebration Station at 30th Avenue & 30th Street.
Tuesday, May 29, 7:30am – 8:30am
Celebration Station at Harwood Elementary School.
Wednesday, May 30, 7am – 9am
Celebration Station at Natures Fare Market, 3400 30th Avenue.
Wednesday, May 30, 11am – 1:30pm
BBQ in support of BrainTrust Canada at the Nixon Wenger Building, 2706 30th Avenue. Proceeds support the purchase of helmets for kids in our community.
Thursday, May 31, 11:25am – 12:05pm
Bike to School Week BBQ at W.L. Seaton Secondary School.
Saturday, June 2, 1pm – 2pm
Bike Maintenance Café at the Okanagan Regional Library, Vernon Branch.