Now in its 8th year on Salt Spring Island, Bike-to-Work & Bike-to-School Week is coming up again! Co-sponsored by Island Pathways, the week encourages all ages to cycle rather than drive. This Province-wide event is facilitated by the GoByBike BC. Last year, over 50,000 riders in nearly 60 communities participated, with over 80 riders on Salt Spring Island. Featuring free breakfast stations for riders and bike rodeos at schools, register now as a team or individual and you could win fabulous prizes!
More details about 2019's events are in this great article by the Driftwood Newspaper.
Why bike? Salt Spring’s Pedestrian & Cycling Master Plan states that: “Increased cycling activity is shown to increase well-being, improve the health of both individuals and communities, reduce carbon emissions, and contribute to vibrant communities and a sense of place.” For each km cycled rather than driven, nearly 300 g of CO2 is saved from entering the atmosphere.
This year, there will be a greater focus in supporting Bike-to-School activities for children, building on great programs like Helmets for Life and RCMP Bike Rodeos. The CRD cites studies that show “Students using active transportation for their daily school commute see improvements in their physical and mental health, social development and academic achievement.”
Interestingly, a 2017 survey of transportation choices on Salt Spring Island found that we each take an average of 2.6 trips per day, whether by car or other modes. It found that a total of 6,540 bicycles (1,010 children’s) are owned by the nearly 5,000 households here. However, roadside counts of cyclists made in May and October from 2013-2017 rarely observed more than 10 cyclists/hour. We all have a long way to go, so get registered and saddle up!
Register NOW for your chance to WIN one of many great prizes, including a Trip for 2 & Cycling Adventure through Italy's Prosecco Hills Sponsored by Exodus Travels!
How to Register:
- If you registered last year, all you have to do is Login and you are registered for this year's event.
- If you've never registered before, click on https://www.biketowork.ca/registration and take a few minutes to sign-up FREE!
To Qualify for the Grand Prize Trip Draw (& other Provincial Prizes):
You must log kilometers for at least one trip that you choose to ride your bike instead of drive a motor vehicle to during Bike to Work & School Week, May 27 - June 2, 2019 (for example, if you choose to ride a bike instead of drive a motor vehicle to work, school, the gym, run errands, meet a friend for coffee, etc.).
After you have registered and logged a trip, you MUST enter the Exodus Prize Draw here: https://www.exodustravels.com/ca/win-cycling-adventure-through-italys-prosecco-hills . This is a sponsor requirement, please read the sponsor’s terms and conditions located in the Exodus Prize Draw Entry page.
This grand prize trip package includes economy class round trip airfare from the nearest international airport, hotel accommodations, a local leader and planned routes and itineraries with support vehicles to follow. Prize winner must be 19 years of age or older.
Click here: to learn more about the Grand Prize Trip
NOTE to School Teams: Staff must register in the “Bike to Work & School Week – For Teens & Adults” registration system in order to qualify for the grand prize trip draw.
Calling ALL Students: Enter our Bike Reels Student Video Contest
Submit a Short Video about Biking to and from School! The Grand Prize is a $250 Visa Gift Card and there are 3 Runner Up Prizes of $100 Visa Gift Cards. Students/teams/classrooms must submit their video (YouTube or VIMEO link) through this form: https://goo.gl/forms/kmtmPdC9dWwhjVXm1 More details, posters, and graphics can be found on our Coordinator Resource Page: https://www.biketowork.ca/2019-community-coordinator-resources