“Get out and bike to work, to school or any place else you have to go,” says John Mayba, organizer of the annual Bike to Work Week event taking place May 25–31.
Port Alberni’s Bike to Work committee has been working hard to organize a great lineup of cycling celebration events for residents of all ages. There’s an event every day of the week.
Most of the events are a chance to stop for a few minutes on your way to wherever you are going. However, on Wednesday, May 27 the event will include a “bike valet” service at Echo Centre so that you can safely park your bike while you go swimming, go to the library or attend other recreational activities at Echo on Wednesday morning.
The first step is to register on line at www.biketowork.ca. It’s easy to do and over 100 people have already registered.
“Our goal is to double that number and you can help us reach our goal,” Mayba said.
Everyone who registers and enters the number of kilometres they cycle during Bike to Work Week has a chance to win an all-expense paid cycling trip from Prague to Bucharest.
And there are lots of other incentives. Every celebration event offers refreshments, bike tuneups, registration for prizes including a bike give-away, and free bicycle paraphernalia.
“The ultimate incentives to get out and ride are the exhilarating experience of traveling around town under your own power, and knowing that the health and environmental benefits of riding can lead to a healthier life for you and your community.”
So get ready to get out and experience the fun and pleasure of riding. The full schedule of events is online at www.biketowork.ca (click on the “Communities” link and find Port Alberni).