Cycling promotion planned

Summerland Bike to Work and School Week runs May 28 to June 3

With Bike to Work and School Week just a few days away, it’s time to replace four wheels with two wheels and go by bike more often.

The week runs May 28 to June 3 and Louise Blais, coordinator of Summerland Bike to Work and School Week, said organizers are hoping to have more than 160 riders and 90 teams registered this year.

Last year, 131 riders and 77 teams participated.

“Dust off your bike, encourage your neighbour or friend and commit to riding your bike more often,” she said.

During the week, celebration stations will be set up each morning from 7:30 to 9 a.m. beside the Summerland Library parking lot on Main Street, serving refreshments and snacks to all cyclists.

A ride to Antler’s Saddle starting from Memorial Park will take place on Sunday, June 3 beginning at 11 a.m.

Blais said there are many reasons for people to travel by bicycle, including fitness and environmental benefits.

“We have so much more we can do for a better environment,” she said.

In addition to the Bike to Work and School Week events, a preparation event will be held on Saturday, May 19 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the cycling hub in Memorial Park.

The event includes an ebike demonstration at 8:30 a.m., a refresher course on cycling skills at 10 a.m. and instruction in how to get your bike ready at 11 a.m.

To register as a participant or to register a team in this year’s Bike to Work and School Week, visit www.biketowork.ca/summerland.

Participants will be entered in a provincewide grand prize draw of a dream bike trip for two to the Atlantic coast of Portugal.

Information about Bike to Work Week is available on Facebook at btwwsummerland.

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