Summerland will have events for Bike to Work and School Week once again this year, but instead of a committee, the events will be organized by municipal staff this year.
At the municipal council meeting on Feb. 13, Tami Rothery, sustainability and alternative energy coordinator for the municipality, said the community members who had organized the event in the past were no longer able to continue this year, for a variety of personal reasons.
She said municipal staff will recruit volunteers to work with the event this year.
Summerland has had Bike to Work Week events since 2013. Initially, it was organized through the municipality’s Climate Action Committee. When that committee dissolved, a small group of community members continued to organize the annual event.
Bike to Work and School Week involves daily celebration stations where cyclists can register their rides, get complimentary refreshments,get information about bike paths and other amenities and enter to win prizes. In addition, there is a group ride where interested cyclists complete a circuit ride together.
Rothery said municipal staff would like to increase the scope of Bike to Work and School Week in the future.
“The event could be expanded to further involve schools and other elements such as a business to business challenge,” she said. “However, that will depend on the volunteer resources available.”
The municipality has applied to the provincial Bike to Work Week organization for a $1,000 grant to support this year’s event.
Bike to Work Week will be held May 28 to June 3.