Communities throughout BC poised to commute via cycle--Bike to Work Week May 28-June 3
VANCOUVER, May 23, 2012 /CNW/ - "There are enormous health benefits to cycling to work," says Dr. Richard Backus, president of Bike to Work BC. "Even if you only try it for one or two days a week, there is nothing to beat the feeling of freedom and exhilaration cycling through the fresh air, arriving ready for your day. And if you are having a stressful day you will look forward to your ride home all day long!"
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 28-June 3.
"We have over 22 communities participating this year throughout the province, with thousands expected to take part," says Backus. "We are delighted to see this level of participation. One of the things people tell us they enjoy during the week are the many celebration stations, the camaraderie and the chance to win prizes. We are also very encouraged that many people end up riding to work outside of Bike to Work Week, and develop new, enjoyable and healthy habits," he adds.
"One of our goals is to attract the first time commuter cyclist, people who have been thinking about cycling to work for a while but just never got around to it. Well, now is the time to dust off your old bike, or buy a good second hand one or even invest in new one; you will not regret it," he says. "And other than a helmet and bright lights if you are cycling at night, and perhaps a reflective vest, you really do not need any special clothing as long as you are comfortable and visible. More and more we see people riding to work in their business suits and work attire, including women with their high heels. Without exception people who try cycling to work tell us they wish they had done it sooner, it makes them feel great! And of course there is the additional benefit of knowing you are reducing your environmental impact."
ICBC is a sponsor of this year's Bike to Work Week. Andrea Price, Manager, Environmental Sustainability, notes, "Not only is ICBC carbon neutral, we're committed to helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions province-wide. Transportation makes up over a third of BC's emissions so we're excited to support Bike to Work Week and help British Columbians choose a healthier, lower carbon way to get around."
As a road safety advocate, ICBC is also concerned with safe cycling and has sponsored a series of safety tips for Bike to Work Week participants.
"You can register for bike to work week in your community by going to www.biketowork.ca and choosing your location," says Backus. "You can be a team of one or get a team together at your work place," he adds. "We encourage people to record their results through their team leaders, as it gives them a sense of achievement. It is surprising to see how the kilometres can add up!"
Bike to Work BC Society is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to encouraging cycling to work, and facilitates Bike to Work Week throughout British Columbia.
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