Summerland to celebrate Bike to Work Week

It will be a celebration of pedal power as Summerlanders participate in the community’s first Bike to Work Week May 27 to 31.

It will be a celebration of pedal power as Summerlanders participate in the community’s first Bike to Work Week May 27 to 31.

During the week, Summerlanders are urged to get out their bicycles and ride to work, school, errands and appointments.

“Summerland has a growing cycling network, including shared bike lanes and off-road pathways for residents to make efficient links to all areas of the community” said Julie McGuire, planner with the District of Summerland.

Cycling in Summerland is a good option for both transportation and recreation. There are plenty of benefits from cycling, including exercise, money savings and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“Motor vehicles are the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in Summerland at 64 per cent of total community emissions,” McGuire said. “If you’re looking for an easy way to help the environment, consider riding your bike instead of driving your car this week.”

On Tuesday, May 28 from 7 to 9 a.m., bicycle commuters are invited to stop at the south parking lot at Municipal Hall, 13211 Henry Ave., 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 the website at  www.biketowork.ca.