Bike to Work Week is May 27-June 2 over 30 communities, thousands participating
VANCOUVER, May 23, 2013 /CNW/ - "No matter what kind of a day you have had at work, you will always feel better once you get on your bike for the cycle home," says Dr. Richard Backus, president of Bike to Work BC Society. He adds, "Even if you just try it for one or two days a week, it is surprising the difference it can make to your health -both physical and mental. We had one participant who lost 50 pounds! And of course there is the added benefit to the environment and your pocket book."
Backus, who has been cycling to work for more than 35 years is encouraging people to join a workplace team or even be a team of one during the province-wide Bike to Work Week May 27-June 2.
"We have over 30 communities participating this year throughout the province, with thousands expected to take part," says Backus. "People tell us that apart from the ride, they also enjoy the camaraderie and the celebration stations where they can fuel up with coffee and snacks or even get their bike tuned-up. We also have resources and tips to encourage people. Many work places have team leaders who provide motivation and support. Or you can sign up to be a team leader yourself. But what is important is to register. First check to see if your workplace already has a team and join it. If not then create one! "
"People like to see their progress and have friendly competitions with other workplace teams, as well as be entered for prizes," he comments.
Backus says anyone is welcome and no special equipment is needed other than of course a bike and helmet. "You do not need a fancy expensive bike or to be an athlete and dress in lycra," he says. "Some people ride in their regular work clothes -while others may choose to change once they get to work, but it is important to be visible."
"We are particularly encouraging first time cyclists to give it a try," he says. "Find a buddy at work or cycle with a friend and try the route out on a weekend first or give yourself extra time the first time you ride. And for those who have a longer commute consider the bike plus bus option. Most BC Transit buses have bike racks."
Anthea Jubb, one of many BC Hydro employees taking part in Bike to Work Week has experienced the joys of commuting via bicycle first-hand. "I like riding my bike to work," she relates, "On my way to work insights come unasked for to help me solve the problems of the day ahead. On my way home the more I coast, glide and pedal the faster the stress and trouble of the work day slip away."
To register for Bike to Work Week go to www.biketowork.ca and choose your community.
Bike to Work BC Society is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to encouraging cycling to work, and facilitates Bike to Work Week events throughout British Columbia.
SOURCE: Bike to Work BC Society
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