Bike To Work and School week kicks off today with a Community Bike Fest at Polson Park.

Bike To Work and School week kicks off today with a Community Bike Fest at Polson Park.

Bike Fest rolls into park

The City of Vernon’s Bike to Work and School campaign begins today

The City of Vernon’s Bike to Work and School campaign begins today with the Community Bike Fest from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Polson Park.

This year, students from Vernon Community School have designed a new youth scavenger bike building event that begins at 1 p.m.

The Mayors’ Media Relay Challenge begins at 2 p.m. and will take place at the Polson Park oval track. Vernon Mayor Akbal Mund and Coldstream Mayor Jim Garlick will lead their celebrity teams through a City of Vernon Community Policing bike challenge.

The children’s bike parade will follow the challenge.

During the Community Bike Fest, Venture Training will check bikes and members of BrainTrust Canada will check bike helmets for safety.

There will be ongoing free entertainment throughout the event, with fun bike carnival games for families and a chance to win a bike and other prizes.

Free coffee is provided by Bean to Cup and snacks by Cobbs Bakery.

Vernon is one of 44 communities in B.C. participating in Bike to Work Week from Monday to Sunday.

To join them, register at www.biketowork.ca and qualify for great prizes including Exodus Travel’s Prague-to-Budapest cycling trip.

Bike to Work B.C. is a not-for-profit society that provides resources and support to assist local communities with their bike to work events provincewide.