The countdown is on to Bike to Work Week in BC. It runs from May 26 to June 1 so it’s just six short weeks away. Nanaimo’s Bike to Work Week Committee hosted their launch and luncheon on Wednesday afternoon. Committee member and Recreation Coordinator for the City, Deb Beck, says there are many reasons to get involved.
Beck says the province has created a new website for Bike to Work Week which makes it easier than ever to get involved, whether you’re biking to work or around town to run your errands.
Leo Boon, Chair of the Greater Nanaimo Cycling Coalition, says they want to boost the number of bikes on the road. But Boon says cycling infrastructure in the area needs to be improved to encourage more people to ride their bikes.
Boon says the cycling coalition is looking forward to working with the City on the Transportation Master Plan, to improve the situation for cyclists.
In the meantime, people are encouraged to sign up for Bike to Work Week through the new website. Planning is also underway for Bike to Work Week on the Sunshine Coast, where the group Transportation Choices coordinates the event.
Last year on the Sunshine Coast, 615 cyclists rode more than 15,000 kms. In Nanaimo, 238 riders put in just over 9000 kms in the saddle.