Cycling to work boosts morale and has huge health benefits
Bike to Work BC launches Bike to Work Week 2011, May 30-June 5 in
communities throughout British Columbia
VANCOUVER, May 24, 2011 /CNW/ - Bike to Work BC is launching Bike to
Work Week 2011, May 30- June 5, in more than 17 communities throughout
British Columbia, to encourage people to try something new and cycle to
work instead of taking the car and have fun and feel healthier along
"Cycling to work even one day a week can make a big difference to your
health and make you feel a lot better about yourself, as well as help
boost morale in your workplace," says Dr. Richard Backus, volunteer
president of Bike to Work BC, a non-profit organization coordinating
bike to work week events through the province.
Backus, a Victoria sports medicine physician has been cycling to work
for over 30 years and has seen direct benefits for himself and
patients. "You can convert the drudgery of the morning commute to the
fun of sailing to work through the morning air, and convert the
drudgery of the afternoon commute home to a space where the workday
worries evaporate, and the transition to home becomes refreshing and
energizing," he says.
Backus notes, "We encourage people to form or join a team, or they can
be a team of one. Register at www.biketowork.ca." He adds, "Your workplace cycle commute team is far more effective
than your last set of workplace bonding and teambuilding exercises.
It's a lot of fun, and you do not need to be an athlete or purchase
special cycling clothes, other than a helmet. Cycle to work in your
power outfits: black skirt, high heels; steel toed boots, coveralls;
business suit, ties!"
For those who are retired or do not work, riding to do an errand, to
shop for groceries or to meet a friend all help. "In several
communities, grocery stores are offering free delivery during bike to
work week if you cycle to shop," Backus says. "The important thing is
to take part and let us know by registering and recording your
"The focus is on celebration," adds Backus. "Most of our participating
communities have celebration stations on popular routes with
refreshments, prize draws and free bike tune ups, and many have wrap up
barbeques with entertainment."
Backus stresses it is important to be visible on your bike and suggests
making sure your bike is tuned up if you have not been on it for a
This year, thanks in part to generous support from the Province of BC,
17 communities throughout B.C. are participating in bike to work week
with 2,300 teams and 16,000 individuals expected.
The provincial government is committing $178,000 to Bike to Work BC to
encourage commuters to cycle to work. This investment supports the
ongoing work of Bike BC to create new, safe and high-quality cycling
infrastructure, such as trails, bike lanes, and bike lockers. This
infrastructure provides opportunities for people to get out of their
cars and be physically active.
Bike to Work BC Society is a not for profit organization whose mandate is to encourage cycling
to work as an alternate form of transportation, for fun, health and to
lesson our impact on the environment.
For further information, or to register for bike to work week 2011
Cycling to work (or anywhere) tips:
Make sure your bike is tuned and ready to go (or get to the nearest
celebration station with bike shop support)
Wear a helmet
Be visible-wear a bright coloured vest or jacket, or armbands and make
sure you have lights for riding after dark
Check your local municipality's web site for cycling routes
Make eye contact with drivers
Take a good lock to work
If you feel your cycle is a long one consider taking your bike part way
on transit or "park and ride" with your car
SOURCE Bike to Work BC Society
For further information:
For media information or to set up interviews:
Penny Noble, Executive Director, Bike to Work BC, 604 805 5637