Cyclist rides for most of the year

Except for the times when there is ice on the road, John Drover prefers to commute by bicycle

For John Drover, almost every week of the year is Bike to Work Week.

The week, which runs from May 29 to June 4, is an initiative to promote bicycle transportation.

Organizers are encouraging people to ride their bikes to work, school and appointments as well as for fun and fitness.

Each morning from 7:30 to 9 a.m., a celebration station is set up on Main Street, near the Summerland Library. Cyclists are urged to stop in and enjoy a snack during their morning commute.

While Bike to Work Week is set up as a cycling promotion, Drover and other cyclists are already making cycling a way of life.

Drover, who works at the Summerland Research and Development Centre, commutes six kilometres each way, 10 or 11 months of the year.

The only time he does not ride is when there is ice on the road.

Drover started commuting by bicycle when he was 20.

At the time, he did not own a car, so he travelled to university by bike.

Then, after university, he kept on cycling, even when he had a car.

“It forces me to get some exercise,” he said. “It’s good for my health and it’s good for the planet.

While he faces the occasional rude motorist, he said traffic for the most part is good.

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