From May 31st to June 6th, people living in the Metro Vancouver area are encouraged to ride their bikes to school and work, as a means of promoting sustainable transportation.
An annual event that has been occurring since 2006, Bike to Work Week is organized by the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition (VACC), a volunteer-run, non-profit society whose members work to improve conditions for cycling in the Lower Mainland. The VACC believes that increased bicycle use has the potential to: “reduce traffic congestion, improve our health, and enhance our urban environment” – VACC website.
This year, Bike to School Week is launching for the very first time, with a special website for teachers to register students, download biker recipes, win prizes and more. Post-Secondary students are also encouraged to get involved by joining their school team on the Bike to Work website. On both websites, there are Commute Trackers, which participants can use year-round to monitor the greenhouse gas emissions they’ve saved.
During your trip, be sure to check out the various commuter stations that will be set up around the Metro Vancouver area. At these stations, participants can get fueled up with free snacks, drinks and coffee, get their bikes tuned up for free by helpful on-site bike mechanics, and have the opportunity to enter contests to win prizes. Commuter stations are also good for meeting other cyclists, sharing success stories and picking up bicycle maps.
For more information on the VACC, check out their website, Facebook or Twitter fan pages. Currently, they are looking for volunteers to help with Administrative/Office Support, Photography, Commuter Station Staff and Poster and Rack Card Distribution. To apply for these positions, send a short description of yourself and your interests to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 604-878-8222.
Together, we can help reduce carbon emissions and lead Metro Vancouver into a more sustainable future!
By Flavia Kajoba