A new citizen’s initiative to get more people onto bikes began on Wednesday, March 25. Initiated by John Mayba of the Alberni Valley Transition Towns Society, the newly minted cycling committee is gearing up for Bike to Work week starting May 25.
The committee hopes that the momentum gained from encouraging people to get out of their cars and onto their bikes for one week will carry through the summer to the fall Bike to Work week. The committee includes representation from parks and recreation, the Port Alberni Cycling Club, Healthy Habits as well as other members of the community.
Mayba said that while Bike to Work week would be the group’s first event, he hopes to work in conjunction with the city and create a 10 year cycling plan and apply for grants towards upgrading the city’s bicycle infrastructure.
The committee’s next meeting will take place at the Coastal Community Credit Union on Wednesday, April 7 at 7 p.m.