Cyclist participation urged during Bike to Work Week

Cyclists in Summerland and the rest of the province will participate in Bike to Work Week later this month.

Cyclists in Summerland and the rest of the province will participate in Bike to Work Week later this month.

The week runs from May 26 to June 1. During the week, Summerlanders are urged to get on their bicycles and ride to work, school, errands and appointments.

Last year, across British Columbia, 19,860 cyclists from 35 communities participated, cycling 734,973 kilometres.

Summerland was one of 10 new communities to participate last year.

Cycling in Summerland is a good option for both transportation and recreation. The benefits from cycling include exercise, money savings and reducing greenhouse gas emission.

According to Bike to Work Week organizers, last year’s event saved a total of 170,516 kilograms of carbon dioxide from entering the environment.

On Monday, May 26, from 7 to 9 a.m., bicycle commuters are invited to stop at Memorial Park for coffee from Backyard Beans and goodies from True Grain Bread.

Bicycle commuters will also be entered in a draw for prizes.

The morning Bike to Work Week event is organized by Summerland’s Climate Action Committee.

Bike to Work Week is held in communities across Canada and around the world every year in late May.

Organizers hope Bike to Work Week will encourage people to ride to work throughout the spring, summer and fall, and even in the winter for die-hard cycling enthusiasts.

For more information on Bike to Work Week, visit www.biketowork.ca/summerland.