Gear up for Bike to Work Week 2019

Bike to School and Work Week organizers hope to set new records for kilometres pedaled in the 2019 event.

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File photo: Children decorated their bikes for the Canada Day 2016 parade in Revelstoke. Photo: Aaron Orlando/revelstokemountaineer.com

Contributed by Bike to Work Week Revelstoke

Spring is in the air and B.C. riders are preparing for their annual Go by Bike event from May 27 to June 2. Go by Bike is a province-wide organization encouraging everyone to ride bikes. This year Revelstoke is celebrating the 11th year of Bike to Work Week (BTWW) and Bike to School Week (BTSW). All bike riders are welcome and any shopping trip or recreational ride is included.

Last year Revelstoke bike teams broke previous records with 1,047 riders. Revelstoke bike riders logged 3,169 trips and covered 19,223 kilometres. That distance is equivalent to riding from Revelstoke half way around the world to Kazakhstan. Revelstoke schools doubled their number of riders with 500 bike riders and made 667 trips to school.

In British Columbia, June is prime time to bike to work and school with thousands of riders on their bikes. Last year 14% of Revelstoke residents rode during BTWW week. Vernon has five times Revelstoke’s population and 3% of Vernon rode 10,325 km. With 2,112 bike riders, Kelowna had more bikes on the road with 1% of their population riding.

Local organizer Kristen MacKinnon said, “Our 1047 riders make Revelstoke B.C.’s healthiest environment.” The organizing committee, team leaders, and hundreds of riders enjoy the freedom and enjoyment of bike riding, and 2019 will establish new records for bicycle participation.

For more information on how to participate, see this website for Revelstoke teams and events.

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