May 27th to June 2nd, 2013 is Bike to Work Week. Bike to Work encourages people to add activity to their day by exercising as they make their daily commute to and from work. Through events and friendly competition, Bike to Work seeks to energize avid cyclists and new riders alike.
This events occurs twice annually, once in the fall and once in the spring. Cyclists can use interactive online tools to map and track their trips, enter prize draws, compete with other companies and organizations, and win prizes and awards, all for free!
For general interest or for those who are more environmentally conscious or passionate about health and fitness, cyclists can chart the benefits including kilometres, calories and carbon savings.
In 2012, more than 25 communities participated, yielding some pretty amazing stats:
- 19,439 participants (up from 15,203 in 2011)
- 3,583 first-time commuter cyclists (up from 2,877 in 2011)
- 3,111 workplace teams participated (up from 2,401 in 2011)
- 903,216 km were cycled (up from 727,753 in 2011)
- 209,610 kg of CO2 were saved from entering the atmosphere (up from 168,839 in 2011)
As more cyclists hit the road this week, we not only look forward to seeing this year’s statistics but also caution anyone who is still driving to drive carefully. Earlier this year, a dedicated cyclist in our building was sent flying off of his bike during his morning commute when a child unexpectedly flung open the back door of a parked car. To cyclists and motorists alike, please be cautious!
For more information on Bike to Work Week BC, please check out their website.